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Monday, April 25 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Courageously Leading Inclusion: A Systemic Approach to Transforming School Based Practices

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As a leader, when considering your most diverse learners; how do you know who to access, when to access them and for which supports? What structures are most impactful in meeting a broad range of diverse student needs? As a leader, how do I attend to all of this and build capacity with my support staff and teachers so that they feel confident and supported in an inclusive environment as outlined in Inspiring Education? Leading inclusion and attending to the above questions is possible with a well-defined model that clearly outlines a continuum of supports and services from front line classroom to intensive interventions involving multiple partner agencies. Wolf Creek Public Schools will share their continuum of collaborative team structures, an aligned calendar and clearly defined processes to support and lead inclusion. The Wolf Creek Public Schools Inclusive Learning Services staff will present: • dynamic team structures, supporting processes and resources • a method of identifying diverse learners through level of impact • innovative electronic program planning • developing effective collaborative partnerships WCPS Inclusive Learning Services will provide an overview of a variety of roles supporting this model ranging from: school level teams, psychologists, social workers, FNMI success coordinator, inclusive learning coordinators, and leadership.


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Jay Cottell

Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Early Learning, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Jay Cottell is currently employed by Wolf Creek Public Schools as a Coordinator for Inclusive Learning Services. Jay's experience in building capacity with staff extends through support staff, certified teaching staff, Inclusion Coaches, Learning Coaches, administrators and district office staff. Jay has awareness of students' diverse learning needs and of the extensive applications available for teachers to meet these needs. His work with... Read More →

Amber Hester

Amber Hester currently holds the position of the Assistant Superintendent of Inclusive Learning Services in Wolf Creek Public Schools. She leads a team of Inclusive Learning Staff that includes Directors, Coordinators, District Social Worker, Psychologists, 22 Social Workers and 14 Inclusion Coaches. Amber has previously worked in Saskatchewan as Assistant Superintendent of Schools (Chinook School Division), and as the Coordinator of... Read More →

Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson is an educator with two decades of experience in schools and is currently a Coordinator of Inclusive Learning Services for Wolf Creek Public Schools in Central Alberta.  Lorna’s school wide, divisional and provincial opportunities have provided her with experience in learning support and inclusion, collaborative practice, pyramid of interventions development, enhancing external partnerships, effective assessment and grading... Read More →

Lana Nogue

Director, Inclusive Learning Services, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Lana Nogue is Director of Inclusive Learning Services with Wolf Creek Public Schools. She brings to her position 16 years of experience teaching and consulting in the field of special education, along with school-based administration and instructional leadership. Her experience supporting students with diverse learning needs, leading inclusive school teams, and a focus on school-wide literacy and learning- improvement goals provides Lana with... Read More →

Barb Pears

Barb Pears is the Coordinator for Inclusive Learning Services and Behavior Consultant for Wolf Creek Public Schools. She has spent her entire career in alternate education, working with students at risk. She received her Education degree from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Special Education from Flinders University in Australia. 

Barb Reaney

Barb Reaney is the District Social Worker in the Inclusive Learning Services Department at the Wolf Creek Public School Division.  She brings with her over 22 years’ experience working with children, youth and their families in both long-term and brief interventions. As well as working in the school system supporting Administrators, teaching staff and support staff in building effective social/emotional/behavioral support plans, Barb... Read More →

Monday April 25, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D.C. Coleman