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Guiding Principles

Provincial RCSD Guiding Principles – from Alberta’s Approach to Collaborative Practices:

  • Collaboration is a process for setting collective priorities and incorporating different perspectives. This allows for blending of perspectives, expertise, resources and shared accountability and responsibility.
  • Shared leadership is in schools where administrators model the value of collective wisdom, where school staff-focus on developing meaningful relationships within the school and community, and where partnerships and collaboration naturally emerge. There are collective benefits for our children, youth and families by capitalizing on the strengths and experiences of all involved.
  • Team-based involves a group, including family members, who work collaboratively toward the success of the child or youth and family, through informal or formal supports and services. Team-based ensures the supports and services are consistently and effectively implemented, managed and measured.
  • School-community linked means working collaboratively to promote and strength partnerships by eliminating barriers between the school and community. These strategies take place in the most inclusive, responsive and accessible settings to enhance the school, home and community life of the child or youth and family.
  • Persistence means not giving up. When faced with challenges or setbacks, everyone continues working toward meeting the needs of the child or youth and family, and achieving the identified goals until it is determined that formal coordination of the supports and services is no longer necessary.
  • Family voice and choice ensures the child or youth and family perspectives are intentionally elicited, prioritized and actioned as part of a collaborative wraparound practice. Planning is grounded in family members’ perspectives. The individuals involved strive to provide options and choices that reflect the family values and preferences.
  • Culturally responsive practices respect and build upon the values, preferences, beliefs, cultural context and identity of the child or youth, family and community. The team recognizes these unique attributes as sources of great strength.
  • Natural supports are individuals drawn from the family’s network of personal and community relationships. These individuals are intentionally sought out and encouraged to become full participants in supporting the child or youth and family.
  • Individualized means a customized set of strategies, supports and services developed to support the goals identified for the child or youth and family.
  • Strength-based practices build on a child or youth’s capabilities, knowledge, skills and assets to help develop the resiliency needed to overcome challenges.
  • Data-informed goals and strategies are used to support the child or youth and family. They are observable, measurable and can be used as indicators of success, to monitor progress and to revise supports and services accordingly.