SET-BC invited districts from around the province to take part in piloting our new service delivery model a year ahead of our official launch date of September 2015.
To learn more about our upcoming service delivery model change, please refer to this document.
We are grateful for the nine school districts that are participating in our pilot year. Their contributions and experiences will inform how we move forward in delivering service once we roll in the fall of 2015.
The pilot districts are:
- Kootenay Lake – SD 8
- Arrow Lakes – SD 10
- Kootenay-Columbia – SD 20
- Cariboo-Chilcotin – SD 27
- Quesnel – SD 28
- Langley – SD 35
- Central Coast – SD 49
- Gulf Islands – SD 64
- Gold Trail – SD 74
The District Request for Service Planning meetings have taken place between the districts’ planning team and SET-BC’s Provincial Pilot Team. At this meeting, SET-BC consultants Josh Campbell, Lorraine Kamp, and Lena Ling guided the district planning team in reflecting on their needs and requests for each of our service tiers.
- Tier 1: District Based Initiatives
- Tier 2: Classroom Based Solutions and Technology-Based Trainings
- Tier 3: Individual Student Based Solutions and Supports.
SET-BC consultants around the province are also supporting the pilot district requests for service where geographic location and/or professional interest areas align.
The more specific collaborative action plans (CAPs) are underway for Classroom Based Solutions and Individual Student Based Solutions.
For Tier 1, district based services, the districts have requested workshops and resources on the following topics: Digital Citizenship, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model (SAMR), accessing ERAC resources, Assessment for Literacy Learning, and using Smart Boards to improve student engagement.
In a recent meeting with pilot district planning teams the feedback on the new model was positive. The pilot district teams found that planning well was crucial to providing focus for the year. They have appreciated the ongoing close communication between themselves and SET-BC in order to clarify planning for services and having flexibility and choice of SET-BC services within each of the service tiers. Starting the planning process as early as possible helped to alleviate any anxieties about the new process and gave ample time for the district planning team to plan, reflect, and co-ordinate services to be delivered by SET-BC consultants. The districts also found that establishing deadlines helped them to stay focused and improved their efficiencies around getting organized and getting things done.
In all of the pilot districts, the key people that have been invaluable to the planning process have been the SET-BC District Partner, District Administrator and District IT Manager.
School District 20, Kootenay-Columbia, established a District Tech Committee that collects information about students who require support. This enabled the district to determine which students in the district were in need of support and this facilitated their screening process.
SET-BC is looking to continue to connect the pilot districts in an enterprise social network on Yammer. This will connect all the pilot district planning teams so that they will be able to network, share their experiences, resources, and advice with one another.
We have already learned a great deal in the short time since the school year began and we continue to look forward to unveiling the successes and benefits of the new service delivery model.