SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee

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Special Education

To belong. It is important that we support each other, that we pray for each other, that we come together as people who have the same face. We need to love each other and then, as we learn to work together in a place of belonging and togetherness, we begin to see that it is important to listen to each other.

– Jean Vanier 

Students with Individual Education Plans should consider taking advantage of the following specialized Guidance and Career Education courses.

GLE1O Learning Strategies: Skills for Success in Secondary School
This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become more independent learners.  Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community.  The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.

Program Emphasis: The year one GLE course places an emphasis on understanding how and what can be done to improve one’s learning throughout secondary school. An important goal of GLE1O is to improve self-awareness and build the self-advocacy skills needed to foster independence.

GLE2O Learning Strategies: Skills for Success in Secondary School
This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become more independent learners.  Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community.  The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.

Program Emphasis: Year two continues to build on skills, strengths and independence goals.  A primary focus is continuing to develop critical thinking skills as these are required when students write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

GLE3O Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School
This course improves students’ learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training, and/or postsecondary education destinations.  Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy, and research skills and personal management techniques to maximize their learning.  Students will investigate trends and resources to support their postsecondary employment, training, and/or education choices and develop a plan to help them meet their learning and career goals.

Program Emphasis: Year three GLE places an emphasis on evaluating, planning and choosing programs that will support possible pathways beyond secondary school. Self-advocacy continues to be developed with a focus on greater independences and future goals and education.  The future paths explored relate to workplace, apprenticeships, college and/or university placements.

GLE4O Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School
This course improves students’ learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training, and/or postsecondary education destinations.  Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy, and research skills and personal management techniques to maximize their learning.  Students will investigate trends and resources to support their postsecondary employment, training, and/or education choices and develop a plan to help them meet their learning and career goals.

Program Emphasis: Year four GLE places an emphasis on applying to and choosing a post-secondary placement. Students explore financial aid, bursaries and scholarships. Students directly connect with Learning Support Centres at post-secondary institutions. Each student prepares to better meet his/her specific areas of interest that will support possible pathways beyond secondary school. The path(s) related to any of the following may be explored: workplace, apprenticeship, college, and/or university.

Jean Vanier Special Education Staff:

  • Mrs. A. Morrow – Special Education Department Head
  • Ms. T. Tapper – Special Education Resource Teacher (Life Skills)
  • Ms. J. Mulligan – Special Education Resource Teacher (GLE)
  • Ms. M. Hoffman – Special Education Resource Teacher (Life Skills)
  • Ms. C. Jadeski – Special Education Resource Teacher (Resource)