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Underlying Principles


1.  All schools provide programs for students with learning differences based on a philosophy of inclusion.  The preferred program option for all students is placement in an age appropriate setting, in a regular classroom, in their neighborhood school, whenever possible.


2. School programs must recognize, and be adapted to meet, the wide range of needs and abilities of students.


3.  School programs should provide opportunities for all students to experience success and to acquire knowledge, skills, social skills and positive attitudes to function effectively in society.


4.  All students will receive universal, targeted and/or specialized supports as necessary to best meet their educational needs.  This allows for a continuum of services from the regular classroom to specialized settings in order to meet individual needs.


5.  Classroom teachers are responsible for planning, implementing and evaluation of programs for all students.  In order to deliver these programs, teachers will have access to a variety of support services such as assessment, internal and external consultation, programming suggestions, professional development and additional tutoring services for students.  Teacher assistants are responsible for supporting the classroom teacher in the day-to-day classroom lessons and assisting the teacher in implementing the strategies from the Inclusive Education Planning Tool (IEPT) for students.


6.  Learning profiles will be written for all students from grades 1-9.  Students identified as benefiting from targeted and specialized learning supports may require some adaptation or modification in the delivery of the curriculum.


7.  IEPTs will be developed through a team process in which stakeholders will collaborate with each other.  In particular, students and their parents are invited to have meaningful, regular, and ongoing participation in placement and programming decisions.


8.  Community based services and placements will be available to all students when their Individual Program Plans are best served in this setting. (Examples. Work experience, mentoring, life skills, physical therapy, swim and gym, summer camp, and college courses).


9. School programs must ensure continuity for services from primary school through middle school into high school.