We are transitioning to a new way of working within schools. Supports are provided through School-Based and School-Linked teams.
The School-Based team is comprised of school staff members that have contact with the child/youth on a daily / frequent basis. School-Based team members typically include: School Administrator, Learning Support Teacher, Counsellor / Family School Liaison Counsellor, Classroom Teacher and Educational Assistant.
Each school location has access to additional supports delivered by professionals on their assigned School-Linked team. School-Linked team members typically include: Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Mental Health Therapist. In some cases, the School-Linked team may also include Central Office, Human Services and/or community agency representation.
The School-Based and School-Linked teams review the child/youth’s needs to determine which can be met by universal, targeted or individualized supports.
Collaborative, Solution-Focused Meetings
Collaborative, solution-focused meetings provide an opportunity for School-Based teams to bring forward an identified need for a large group, small group, or an individual child/youth (requires parent involvement prior to team meeting). The School-Based team is encouraged to scheduling regular and predictable team meetings that include School-Linked team members to provide a continuous loop of supports, specifically:
- identification of an issue/need
- design and implement a plan of action
- determine follow-up and next steps such as:
- no further action
- further intervention / strategies
- referral beyond the school team to the extended team or community partners / supports
- monitor implementation to ensure the action plan has resulted in the desired outcomes (meet again if needed)
- identify a lead for each case who will monitor the process and progress
Engagement in the collaborative solution-focused process results in:
- More creative solutions for children/youth
- Moving away from the role of specialist/expert to shared learning
- A transformative shift to collective responsibility and accountability
- Fewer specialized assessments as teacher and parent data/information are utilized first to support the generation of strategies and ideas for implementation
- Ongoing feedback and student progress monitoring to ensure success