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ERIC Number: ED506085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-8157-4
Setting the Direction for Special Education in Alberta. Phase 2 Community Consultation|What We Heard Report
Alberta Education
"Setting the Direction for Special Education in Alberta" is a major Alberta Education project designed to create a new framework that will help students with special needs receive the education they need to be successful. The project is comprehensive and far-reaching, and will consider the needs of students in all types of schools: public, separate, Francophone, charter and private. Phase 1 of the project reviewed the effectiveness of the current approach and then focused on defining a vision, mission and principles to guide the future direction of special education in Alberta. Phase 2 presented this vision, mission and principles to Albertans and asked them to consider five building blocks that that could herald positive and important change for students with special education needs. These building blocks are: (1) Setting High Expectations for ALL Students; (2) Using Strengths and Abilities to Drive Programming; (3) Building Capacity for School-Based Staff and the Learning Team; (4) Collaborating for Learner Success; and (5) Accessing Learning Resources and Technologies for the 21st Century. Participants in the Phase 2 Consultation had an opportunity to assess each of these building blocks, along with a collection of associated ideas, and to ask themselves: Will these proposed changes get Alberta closer to an inclusive education system that will meet the needs of all students? Over 6,000 voices were heard in Phase 2, including 871 people who participated in a community consultation session, 5,246 people who completed a questionnaire, either individually or as part of a group, and 434 young people who responded to a specially-designed questionnaire for youth. Three appendices are included: (1) Consultation Methods; (2) Survey Respondents and Session Participants by Type; and (3) Agreement with Possible Ways to Achieve Building Block Outcomes. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada