On September 14th and 15th, SET-BC consultants from around the province met in Maple Ridge for their AGM. Each year at the beginning of September, our consultants gather to share information, discuss program direction and policies, learn about new technologies, and connect with colleagues.
This year we welcomed three new consultants to SET-BC. Jeanine Pieper joins the Region 2 Lower Mainland team as a consultant in the Fraser Valley, Sharilyn Hunter is the new consultant in Region 7 covering the BC northern area, and Bruce Blashill joins the Region 5 Cariboo-Chilcotin team.
During the first day of the AGM, consultants discussed a number of issues including the new student implementation resources available in curriculumSET, the role of the consultant in supporting teams implementing assistive technology, strategies for supporting district planning for AT implementation, and ways to facilitate student activity days. Consultants also heard about the various provincial projects and initiatives which can help their teams use technology more effectively. In the evening, several consultants presented poster sessions highlighting specific technologies and ways to use them with students.
On the second day, Gayl Bowser, a consultant who focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities, presented “Consultation, Collaboration, and Coaching” which highlighted best practice strategies for consultants when supporting school teams. Consultants were very interested in how coaching techniques could help teams implement technologies even more effectively. In the afternoon, the consultants met in smaller interest groups to make specific plans for this year’s projects and initiatives.
As with every AGM, there is always a great deal to share and discuss and most consultants would agree that two days just isn’t long enough. While teams may have missed their consultant during that week, the AGM provides one of the few opportunities our consultants have to meet all together during the year and the meeting helps everyone get off to a uccessful start. If you are interested in knowing more about the issues and topics discussed at our AGM, contact your regional consultant – he or she will be glad to share!