plenary_2015_4upIt’s all systems go as SET-BC regional and provincial consultants gathered in Richmond for a Provincial Plenary Session on January 6th, 7th, and 8th begin the change to our service delivery model. The countdown to September 2015, when we will roll out our new model, is rapidly approaching. This three day event featured many activities and discussions focused on making that change.

On the first day, Darlene Crane presented on Response to Intervention (RTI). Crane is an author, a speaker, and a consultant with 20 years of experience in education. She is currently a vice-principal in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district where she also supports a Ministry of Education pilot project based on RTI. She is also an instructor at Vancouver Island University and has served as an RTI specialist for the West Virginia Department of Education. With Darlene’s facilitation, SET-BC consultants spent time examining the Response to Intervention (RTI) model and comparing the new SET-BC model with its three tiers of services. Consultants also worked on a deeper understanding of the new model by reviewing questions and answers in preparation for meetings with districts. The day closed with a refresher on SETdata Equipment Review procedures – an important process needed to support districts’ transition to the new model.

On the second day, consultants brought their coaching and collaborating skills together as they practiced participating in a District Planning Meeting. They focused on the District Planning process that will be needed to identify the three tiers of SET-BC service. After lunch consultants broke into their new model roles, rolled up their sleeves, and worked on the documents that will be used in the new service delivery process. These documents will provide districts with information and templates to assist teams with screening and planning for all three tiers of service.

On the final day of the plenary session, consultants participated in new model team meetings to plan for transitioning to the new model in September. Specific plans for SET-BC as well as suggested timelines for district planning were discussed. The goal of these discussions was to identify what is needed in the coming months to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for everyone. Lessons learned from the nine school districts currently implementing the new model were very helpful in guiding the planning.

Both regional and provincial consultants felt that the three days were very necessary and helpful as our team begins closing the door on the existing service delivery model and opening the door on the future of SET-BC services!