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  • BCTF/CUPE report on teacher/teacher assistant roles and responsibilities PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 
  • Classroom Management for Kids Who Won’t Sit Still and Other “Bad Apples” PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    This article presents a case description of collaboration between an occupational therapist and a general education teacher to develop an effective classroom management system. The classroom management system described here was based on the Alert Program for Self-regulation: How Does Your Engine Run? In addition, the case description provides a clear example of how this system could be replicated in other classrooms.
  • Collaborative Team Building: A Tool for Inclusion PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Ron Jorgenson
    SEA Crosscurrents Magazine, Fall 2001, Pages 16 – 19
  • Developing a Five Star Plan PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
    Educational leaders Yselldyke & Thurlow identified the fundamental elements of a balanced educational program for all students, including those with significant special needs. Debra Mackie has developed those 5 fundamentals into 5 elements to plan or review a student's program.
    • English as a Second Language PSA of BC
      The ESL/D PSA is an organization of professionals striving to:
          * Improve the quality of ESL/D education in British Columbia
          * Promote a greater awareness of ESL/D and the needs of ESL students and educators
          * Stimulate improvement and quality ESL/D education throughout the province
    • Fighting the Good Fight: How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job by Rick Lavoie (2008)
      Educators are often torn between meeting the needs of their students and being loyal, responsible, and responsive school employees. Rick Lavoie  tells you how to gain the trust of your principal - an indispensable ally - and your colleagues who also have critical roles to play.
    • A Guide to Schoolwide Planning for Paraeducator Supports PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
      by Michael F. Giangreco, Susan W. Edlman and Stephen M. Broer
      A 10 step action planning process assists school-based teams in assessing their own status in terms of paraprofessional supports.
    • Helping Students Understand and Accept Their Learning Disabilities: The Demystification Conference
      A meeting in which the learning disability is discussed can be helpful. One school has decades of experience with such conferences. The school provides an annual "Demystification Conference" to offer students facts about their learning disabilities, demystify the medical terms which they might have heard, and enable them to understand the challenges it can cause and the strengths it can bring.
    • Learning Assistance Teachers' Association (PSA) of BC
      Publications, Resources and links, conferences and events, advocacy, news and issues
    • The Learning Team: A Handbook for Parents of Children with Special Needs
      From Alberta Education - Supporting Every Student
      The Learning Team is a revision and expansion of the resource Partners During Changing Times (1996). It emphasizes the diverse and changing learning needs of children with special needs, offers support and encouragement to parents, describes services and activities that might be used to meet a child's special needs at school, suggests ways parents can enhance and enrich their child's learning at home. Includes practical information and strategies for helping a child make successful transitions, voicing parent concerns, staying informed, and contains Parent Notebook pages at the end of each chapter. 2003
    • National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals
      The mission of the NRCP is to address policy questions and other needs of the field, provide technical assistance and share information about policy questions, management practices, regulatory procedures, and training models that will enable administrators and staff developers to improve the recruitment, deployment, supervision, and career development of paraeducators.
    • The Professional Conversations and Mentoring Project in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, BC PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
      A joint project of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, Nanaimo and District Teachers’ Association, and School District # 68, Nanaimo-Ladysmith by Tricia McKay
    • The Professional Conversations and Mentoring Project in Prince George, BC PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
      A partnership between the B.C. Teachers' Federation and School District 57
      by Saima Fewster, BJ Foulds, Sandra Hunter
    • Special Education Association (PSA) of BC
      The goal of SEA is to promote awareness, acceptance, and personal excellence for students with special needs through communications with members in the educational field and in the community. Access information, including:  Crosscurrents Conference, SEA Information & Resource Papers, SEA Magazine.
    • Supporting Teachers: A Foundation for Advancing Inclusive Education – Discussion Document PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
      by the Roeher Institute
      This discussion document sets out an approach to thinking about and furthering inclusive schools and classrooms for all learners. The Roeher Institute’s aim is to foster shared policy dialogue and a set of understandings and expectations that a range of stakeholders would mutually hold on this issue They are focussed on finding ways to support regular teachers so they can experience success with all learners in regular schools and classrooms.
    • Talking about Special Education: A Handbook for Parents
      Talking about Special Education Handbooks, written by the First Nations Schools Association and the First Nations Education Steering Committee. For teachers and parents. Written in easy to understand language. Download copies from their publications section on their web site: http://www.fnsa.ca/programs 
    • Teaching Self-Determination to Early Elementary Students
      by Wendy W. Murawski, and Nancy Wilshinsky
      This article describes a simple, concrete and engaging model for teaching self-determination skills (such as self-awareness, goal-setting, choice-making, problem solving and self-monitoring) to early elementary students.
      TECPlus Volume 1 Issue 5 May 2005.
    • Tips for Transitioning to Elementary School
      Prepared by My Child Without Limits - an early intervention resource for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities.
    • The Vital Link - Learning Assistance Teachers presentation  - for members only
      Year at a glance, 2005 - Joint projects of the BCTF, PGDTA/NDTA and School Districts 57/68.
      Prince George PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.
      Student Support Services, SD 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

    Updated June, 2015 

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