SET-BC regional and provincial consultants gathered in Richmond for our annual Provincial Plenary Session on September 10th, 11th, and 12th. This three day event featured many activities and discussions focused on current and future SET-BC services. This year promises to be very busy for our organization as we plan for the change in service delivery model in September 2014.
On the first day, consultants completed a team-based activity to identify what will be needed in the coming year as we move forward with plans to evolve our model. Consultants then met in Focus Groups to outline plans for technology evaluation and resource development in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), Vision, and Access (Physical and Cognitive) areas.
On the second day, Bill Standeven, the Director of Equity and Diversity attended and shared an update on the BC Ministry of Educations initiatives. He also spoke to the upcoming SET-BC program changes. Consultants then spent time examining the Response to Intervention (RTI) model and how SET-BC can provide districts with three tiers of services. After lunch, they worked on identifying the specific steps that are needed this year to move to the new service delivery model.
On the third day of the session, consultants focused on the District Planning process that will be needed to identify the future three tiers of SET-BC service. Important issues like the composition of the district planning committees, the criteria for identification of students to receive Tier 3 services, and how allocations in the three tiers will be determined were considered and discussed. The final activity involved working on an informational presentation that consultants will be able to share with districts in the coming months.
Both regional and provincial consultants felt that the three days were tiring but successful and helped create a clearer understanding of how our program’s service delivery is evolving to give districts more flexibility in accessing SET-BC services for a wider student population and how we will address district needs in building capacity to support diversity in their classrooms. A great start to our 2013-2014 school year!