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Professional Development

Professional Development is a critical component of the school board’s strategic plan and is recognized as a cornerstone to supporting student success. In Student Services, we seek to build capacity among teachers, support staff, administrators, professionals and support staff in order to best meet the diverse learning needs of students.
Professionals in the Student Services Department organize, deliver and participate in on-going Professional Development activities. Examples of professional development initiatives include:
  • Networks to support elementary and high school resource teachers 
  • Networks to support high school special education technicians
  • Workshops to school staffs on specific topics (e.g. differentiated instruction, Individual Education Plans, accomodations for students with special needs, adapted technology)
  • Presentations offered to target groups on board-wide professional days and at special events (e.g., Autism Symposium, Peace Summits)
  • Newsletters to schools: ASD Network News and Connections are published three times per year and distributed to schools and communtity partners
  • Professional libraries in the area of autism, special needs, and social/emotional/behavioural issues with materials that schools may consult and borrow
  • Annual Evening Lecture Series offered on topics related to Autism (ASD team) and the mental health needs of students (FSSTT)
  • Participation in local events involving our community partners (e.g., McGill and Concordia, Montreal Children's Hospital, Batshaw Youth and Family Services)


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