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Student Support Partners Aid Learning
Student Support Partners Aid Learning
Posted on 11/26/2015

Board’s New Student Support Partners
Improve Special Education Programming

By Mark Calder 

(Brockville) – The Upper Canada District School Board has introduced a new position that is helping principals and teachers deliver the social and emotional supports students need to succeed, said Susan Edwards, superintendent of schools.

In a report to Trustees Wednesday night, Edwards explained how the board’s new Student Support Partner (SSP) role is serving our students.

The board created 23 Student Support Partners as part of a reorganization of special education implemented last spring. Each position serves a school cluster of three to five schools – including one secondary school. Student Support Partners report to the secondary principal in their cluster as well as the chief psychologist for their area.

The Student Support Partner role was intentionally and carefully designed to meet the needs of our students and to assist principals and school staff in delivering behavioural and emotional supports. The role consists of four key elements – to help students build skill in social-emotional and behavioural functioning, to help students in the present moment articulate and identify what they need, to play a key role with school mental health and well-being teams to build mental health literacy, and to work with school teams to implement school-wide and classroom practices that enhance wellness and achievement.

“Health and well-being are vitally important,” said Edwards. “The reorganization through the model of the Student Support Partner is serving our students and we are responding to student needs. We are committed to measuring outcomes through monitoring data points, responding, reflecting and adjusting to ensure we understand the successes of our strategies and the opportunities as we continue to move forward.”

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