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Inclusive Learning Services - Roles and Responsibilities

 

Amber Hester
Assistant Superintendent
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1305
  • Facilitates alignment of the WCPS Excellent Learning Environment Vision into all areas of Inclusive Learning Services
  • Supporting schools and their leadership teams as WCPS Excellent Learning Environment Vision is actualized
  • Facilitates the development and implementation of a Continuum of Supports and Services that promote inclusive practices
  • Create and align budgeting processes that support inclusion and WCPS priority areas
  • Provides support, direction, and supervision for the Inclusive Learning Services team
  • Ensure compliance of Board policies and Administrative procedures that deal with a variety of Inclusive Learning Services matters
  • Be an active participant to liaison with government departments, agencies, Regional Collaborative Service Delivery and other partners with responsibility for children and youth
  • Review and assist with referrals for supports and services for individual students, classrooms and schools
  • Coordinate programs and services at Wolf Creek Academy
  • Lead Crisis Response and Threat and Risk Assessment
  • Attend to legal issues pertaining to the area of Inclusive Learning Services 

Lana Nogue
Director of Inclusive Learning
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1313
  • Ensuring the Inclusive Learning Services team meets the needs of students in WCPS within a collaborative service delivery model
  • Facilitating the Inclusive Learning Services team to actualize the WCPS Excellent Learning Environment Vision
  • Identification and determination of required supports for students with diverse needs through the Impact Assessment process
  • Support the role of Inclusion Coaches throughout WCPS, including professional meetings and reflective growth plans
  • Working cross departmentally to develop processes and increase staff capacity in the areas of literacy, numeracy, competencies and curriculum application for ALL students
  • Working with administrators, inclusion coaches, division office staff to support their strategic plans in the areas of learning and inclusive learning, as well as lead and support creation of collaborative teams to enhance intervention supports
  • Facilitating Coordinated Services Plan meetings with a variety of interagency partners to provide programming support for students
  • Implementation and adherence of Board policies, Alberta Education regulations, and legal matters pertaining to inclusive education
  • Division Lead for the Success in Schools provincial protocol for Children and Youth in Care
  • The approval of student requests for accommodations and exemptions for Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams
  • Wolf Creek Academy, a program that focuses on students having the opportunity to build skills in the areas of social/emotional/behavioral and academics to be successful to transition to their home school setting. Programming for individual needs includes academic and behavior planning and a mental health treatment plan.

Barb Reaney
District Social Worker
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1302
  • Coordinates and supervises the Social Work/Family School Liaison program
  • Facilitates partnerships with Child and Family Services (CFS), Alberta Health Services (AHS), police detachments and other community agencies
  • Coordinates wrap-around meetings between schools and community agencies
  • Threat and Risk Assessment district contact
  • Leads and coordinates the Crisis Response Team
  • Counselling and mental health support for students and families
  • Consultation and support to school staff working with students with emotional and social needs
  • Review and assist with referrals for supports and services for individual students, classrooms and schools

Jay Cottell
Coordinator of Inclusive Learning Services
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1363

 

  • Provide direct support to teachers and coaches in inclusive learning programming
  • Working cross departmentally to develop processes and increase staff capacity in the areas of literacy, numeracy, competencies and curriculum application for ALL students 
  • Working with administrators, inclusion coaches, division office staff to support their strategic plans in the areas of learning and inclusive learning
  • Lead and support creation of collaborative teams to enhance intervention supports
  • Working with a variety of interagency partners such as Regional Collaborative Service Delivery, Alberta Health Services, Child and Family Services and Family Support for Children with Disabilities and WCPS students, staff, and families to coordinate and provide programming support for students
  • Share information, best practices, and expertise from Alberta Education and the education field with division office support team, inclusive learning services, and school personnel
  • Take a leadership role actualizing the WCPS Early Learning Intervention Supports
  • Early entrance supports for students with special needs (Program Unit Funding coordination)
  • Assistive Technology procedures and policies (use of the SETT process)
  • Assistive Technology software and hardware testing, evaluation, training, and implementation
  • Technology support to Inclusive Learning Services staff and Inclusion Coaches

Shelagh Hagemenn
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Success Coordinator
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 5075
  • Closely works with FNMI students and teachers to implement coordinated academic planning and support
  • Provide coaching and coordinate literacy strategies to support staff in meeting FNMI programming needs
  • Coordinate professional development opportunities to enhance cultural and programming support
  • Coordinate cultural activities and events
  • Support school staff to provide career and post-secondary counseling support for FNMI students
  • Chair of the Wisdom and Guidance Committee, collaboration with Superintendency Team on focus for initiatives
  • Enhance the Elder Program and Cree Language instruction and explore Cree language options
  • Prepare FNMI reports and data as required for WCPS
  • Coordination of Alberta Education FNMI pilot project
  • Liaison with families of WCPS FNMI students
  • Key contact and coordinator for AANDC
  • Support Ponoka schools with interventions for FNMI students in the areas of academics, attendance, behavior and transitions

Lorna Hewson
Coordinator of Inclusive Learning Services
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1301
  • Provide direct support to teachers and coaches in inclusive learning programming
  • Working cross departmentally to develop processes and increase staff capacity in the areas of literacy, numeracy, competencies and curriculum application for ALL students 
  • Working with administrators, inclusion coaches, division office staff to support their strategic plans in the areas of learning and inclusive learning
  • Lead and support creation of collaborative teams to enhance intervention supports
  • Working with a variety of interagency partners such as Regional Collaborative Service Delivery, Alberta Health Services, Child and Family Services and Family Support for Children with Disabilities and WCPS students, staff, and families to coordinate and provide programming support for students
  • Provide presentations for professional development within the school division on identified topics and areas of need
  • Share information, best practices and expertise from Alberta Education and the education field with division office support team, inclusive learning services, and school personnel
  • Take a leadership role actualizing the WCPS Early Learning Intervention Supports
  • Early entrance supports for students with special needs (Program Unit Funding support)
  • Collaboration with specialists on early learning program supports

Aaron Block
District Psychologist
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1304

 

  • Consultation and collaboration with schools, teachers, students and families to improve academic, social and behavioural functioning
  • Administration of formal assessments with recommendations to support academic, social, emotional and behavioural functioning
  • Instructional support to develop academic, social and life skills
  • Support school wide practices to promote learning
  • Preventative and responsive services
  • Family-School collaborative support services
  • Diversity in development and learning

Joanna Johns
District Psychologist
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1312
 

 

  • Consultation and collaboration with schools, teachers, students and families to improve academic, social and behavioural functioning
  • Administration of formal assessments with recommendations to support academic, social, emotional and behavioural functioning
  • Instructional support to develop academic, social and life skills
  • Support school wide practices to promote learning
  • Capacity building support to Inclusion Coaches with regards to data driven decision making and assessment
  • Capacity building support to Inclusion Coaches with regards to targeted and specialized academic intervention

Christina Kennedy
Executive Assistant
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1250
  • Administrative support to the Assistant Superintendent and ILS Team
  • Media releases
  • Data management, documentation support for the ILS Team
  • School Social Worker and Family School Liaison Worker statistics and program support
  • DocuShare support for file management

Kim Thirsk
Administrative Assistant
P: 403.783.3473 ext. 1306 E: kim.thirsk@wolfcreek.ab.ca

 

  • Administrative support to the Assistant Superintendent and ILS Team
  • Scoring protocols for psychological assessments
  • Adminsitrative Support for Wolf Creek Academy
 
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