After a very successful pilot year in 2014-2015, we are excited to be bringing our three-tiered service delivery model to all districts in 2015-2016. During the pilot year, nine school districts around the province tested the process for accessing our three tiers of service with their district teams reporting great outcomes. Here are a few comments from their teams:
“This is the model we’ve been waiting for. This fits perfectly with what our district is doing, and is hoping to do.” (Gulf Islands)
“The most powerful observation was the de-stigmatization of differentiated learning tools in this class as compared to other classes in the school. Using technology in many ways became a normal part of each day, allowing all learners to access key tools that helped them improve their reading and writing.” (Kootenay Lake)
“In my fourteen years of teaching, I’ve never seen such a high level of student engagement and success as I have this year using the iPads to implement UDL principles. Every single one of my students is now meeting expectations in Language Arts, and it’s because they have access to tools that allow for multiple means of expressing their learning…this has been the most enjoyable and rewarding year of teaching so far in my career.” (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
Districts all around the province began planning for 2015-2016 SET-BC services in late spring. By the end of July, almost 70% of districts have submitted their annual District Request for Service. The list of services being requested is both inspiring and challenging! Specific collaborative action plan meetings have already taken place for many of the teams. This will allow us to start providing services and loaning technology as early as possible in September.
With 2015-2016 being the first year of full implementation of the three-tiered service delivery model, we will undoubtedly experience a few “bumps” in the road. We will continue to work hard to make the transition as smooth as possible and will continue to refine our protocols and documentation to better support district access to our services. If you’d like more information on our service delivery model, check out the District Services link in the Service Delivery area of our website.
We wish all our district and school teams a happy and successful school year!