Inclusive Schooling and Student Support
Over the last twenty years, educators in the NWT have had to revise their teaching practices to respond to the increasingly diverse nature of their classrooms. Teaching strategies and programming had to be relevant and reflect an emphasis on student strengths. To do this, the importance of working with others, including parents and specialized support staff was highlighted. The NWT Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016) defines the standards, processes and supports required by educational jurisdictions in meeting these diverse needs. The Departmental Response was completed in 2014 using the lens and direction described in the Education Renewal and Innovation (ERI) Framework: Directions for Change.
To assist staff in meeting student needs in accordance with the Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling, the Inclusive Schooling Handbook (August 2017) was developed. This handbook provides educator with the approved processes involved in developing Student Support Plans (SSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP). It also contains a TIENET user guide, which details how to access SSPs and IEPs, and a comprehensive Toolbox of blackline masters and templates for educators.
Look for these sections in the link above.
Section 1: NWT Ministerial Directive on Inclusive Schooling (2016)
Section 2: Program Support, Roles and Responsibilities in Inclusive Schooling in the NWT
Section 3: Educational Programming Types in the NWT
Section 4: Accessing and Using TIENET for SSPS and IEPS
Section 5: The Support Assistant Handbook
Section 6: The Toolbox
Dealing With Child Abuse
Everyone has a responsibility to protect children. Because children spend so much of their time in school, school staff may recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse that might otherwise go unnoticed. The following resource, revised in 2020, is designed to assist school staff in the process of dealing with child abuse related issues.
The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their potential. This requires working together to provide a variety of programs and services, ranging from prevention to intervention that combine to promote and support the mental health of students. The following resource is designed as a self- reflective tool for school staffs to use in assessing, planning and developing programs that support mental health.