We were very pleased last week to host Caroline Musselwhite and Adrienne Gear here at the SET-BC Provincial Centre. Caroline presented “Communication Circles” where she discussed the importance of forming groups of peers who support AAC users in the classroom setting.
Peers can be very helpful in supporting students develop their communication skills in the natural classroom setting. We welcomed 25 educators from the lower mainland to our Provincial Centre but also broadcast the presentation to two remote sites in Vernon and Coquitlam.
Adrienne presented “Writing Power” where she highlighted her practical approach to writing instruction. She focused on strategies for setting up an effective writing program which engage students in a step by step writing process.
Adrienne demonstrated, through model lessons, how the Writing Power process works. Fifteen educators attended the face-to-face session at our Provincial Centre, while groups in Qualicum, Williams Lake, and Coquitlam attended virtually.
Both sessions were organized as a result of a specific district request for the 2015-2016 school year. Vernon (Caroline Musselwhite) and Qualicum (Adrienne Gear) made the original requests and were generous in welcoming other groups physically or virtually to the sessions.
We hope this type of Professional Development opportunity will grow in the coming years as we invite more leaders in the field of supporting students with diverse needs to present.