Learning Support

Guiding Principles

Educating students with special needs in inclusive settings is the first placement option.

Program planning and decision-making are based upon the Guiding Principles used to determine the most enabling environment for the student.

The most enabling environment is defined as one in which:

  • Parents are partners.
  • Students are not labeled or categorized, but viewed with individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Physical and educational settings are appropriate to the age, ability and interest of all students.
  • Allowance is made for the dignity of risk in challenging situations.
  • Suitably timed and frequent feedback by the teacher promotes demonstrable outcomes.
  • School work is matched to student skills and interest through progress monitoring.
  • Continuous opportunity is provided for the student to have meaningful interactions with peers.
  • All students are treated fairly in providing responses in class.
  • Intensive instruction occurs.
  • The pupil-teacher ratio permits individualize programs and student portfolios.
  • Curriculum is not just content, but is based on principles of child development.  Context and process skills are also emphasized.
  • Inter-agency collaboration occurs.

Learning Support Team

ISS has an established Learning Support team consisting of our Learning Support Teacher, Meipsy Shackleford shacklefordm@lrsd.ab.ca, school administrator, Marnie Davidson davidsonm@lrsd.ab.ca FSLC, Karen Manzer manzerk@lrsd.ab.ca, and classroom teacher(s).

Our team meets on a regular basis to discuss current support programming, student growth and progress.  This team serves as an assessing, researching , and planning body to assist various student needs.  We also assist classroom teachers to plan and implement various programming.

Behavior Support

Our school based learning support team provides guidance and support for students, staff, and parents to ensure that student social, emotional, and behavioral needs are met.  Behavior support needs are met via the Learning Support team.