• February 25, 2013

SET-BC District Partners Conference 2013SET-BC District Partners and consultants from all over the province met February 19th and 20th in Vancouver to collaborate on SET-BC service delivery and attend assistive technology workshops.

On the first day of the conference, 65 District Partners joined with SET-BC consultants and enjoyed the keynote address of Dr. Dave Edyburn’s about the milestones on a UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Journey. He discussed the history of UDL and shared his thoughts on the future of UDL in education.

The keynote address on the second day was delivered by Bill Standeven, Manager of Diversity, Equity and Early Years at the Ministry of Education. He shared his vision for the future of special needs education and gave examples of initiatives taking place in districts across the province that are piloting innovative approaches to serving children in their early years, using UDL and RTI as the educational frameworks for inclusion, and helping students transitioning out of the school system.

Over the two days, District Partners attended four out of thirteen concurrent sessions presented by our own SET-BC consultants, a District Partner and Dr. Dave Edyburn. These sessions included a variety of topics which included Adapted Novel Resources, Speech Recognition in the Classroom, Communication Aids Assessment and Student Activity Days. SET-BC consultants also each brought in a piece of assistive technology to show and share during break times at the conference. District Partners enjoyed the chance to mingle, network, and learn more about new assistive technology.

Everyone participated in several collaborative discussions about possible classroom-based projects that SET-BC could support in the future, the role of the District Partner, improving district planning and looking at the SET-BC service delivery model.

Conference participants reported they enjoyed the two days and felt it was helpful for information sharing and for the opportunity to help shape SET-BC services.

This type of conference can’t happen without the involvement of many groups and individuals. Many thanks goes out to the SET-BC District Partners who participated in the various activities, our many vendor partners who provided a great opportunity to share new technologies, and our own SET-BC consultants who helped plan or facilitate activities on the two days.

“There is an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience among the SET-BC group and having an opportunity to meet and share ideas was really useful and helpful.”

“The opportunity to attend the sessions is excellent professional development. I will look to share the information from these sessions with our school district teams and staff.”

“It was one of the most engaging, informative and interactive District Partner meetings I have been to. I couldn’t stop talking in my District about how valuable it was and how much I took away. Well done!!”