Learning Assistance and Resource Teachers are the bridge that connect and provide continuity for the various settings in which students learn. This workshop will provide practical ways to collaborate with Classroom Teachers to support students by building inclusive communities, emphasizing the importance of diversity, equity and regulation as anchors for learning and growth.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of strategies including:
-Classroom Norms and Agreements,
-Executive Function Supports, and
These can be used both in the classroom and within the wider school community to provide a foundation for a safe, caring environment where learners thrive.
Jan spent twenty years excitedly learning and working in the Special Education field as a Classroom Teacher, Resource Teacher, Consultant and Behaviour Analyst throughout British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, retiring from the BC Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) in 2020. Using the principles of Universal Design and Applied Behaviour Analysis combined with trauma-informed practices and compassion, she has helped to create positive, supportive classroom environments for students with learning challenges including ASD, ADHD, mental health issues and trauma . Jan has been speaking at conferences and workshops for more than a decade, sharing strategies on self-regulation and positive behaviour support. Jan passionately believes that all students deserve a good education. Practical Possibilities Educational Consulting (practicalpossibilitiesconsulting.com) was created by Jan and co-founder Julie Principe to provide workshops and in-service to Districts, schools and educators committed to supporting all students.
Julie Principe has 36 years’ experience in 4 British Columbia school districts as a Classroom Teacher, ELL Teacher, and Learning Support Teacher. Her last position in the public system was as a District Inclusion Teacher in Richmond, providing mentorship, behaviour support, and in-service. Currently she is a co-founder of Practical Possibilities Educational Consulting (practicalpossibilitiesconsulting.com) where she works toward developing social-emotional skills to support inclusion and equitable communities. She shares her expertise, including practical strategies to increase student learning by teaching regulation, setting up inclusive school environments, nurturing student choice, and participation. She is also the founder of ADHD Roadmap Coaching (adhdroadmap.coach) where she supports children, youth and families as an ADHD Coach and has recently presented on CHADD's "Ask the Experts" webinar series.