Thursday, July 24, 2014

Speech project update on tap

The Rainy River District School Board will hear about the successes of the Speech Language Demonstration Site project at its regular meeting tonight at the Education Centre here.
The project helps to identify the speech and language needs–and thus providing timely intervention–for early-learning students, as well as supporting parent engagement.

“Since the presentation in September, data has been collated and analyzed, with results indicating that the Rainy River District Demonstration Site has taken the lead in improving the access, quality, and value of speech and language services in the province,” the report notes.
With the project being extended for a second year, proposed transition plans were tested out.
As well, additional data on student outcomes will be collected to look at the impact of service delivery on children’s speech and language skill level.
The 2011-12 data collected for the project looked at numbers of children being serviced and wait times.
This year’s data will be collected to track individual student progress, as well as to evaluate change in children’s communication and interaction in “real world” situations at home, school, or in the community.
The results of this data will demonstrate the effectiveness of the current model of service delivery as it impacts children’s communicative abilities.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will:
•present the monthly Recognition of Excellence award to Nestor Falls School for its information technology;
•look to approve the following policies: 1.51 Naming and Opening of a School or Part of a School and 2.67 Equity and Inclusive Education; and
•look to approve the 2013-14 Modified School Year Calendar.
The meeting, which is open to the public, gets underway at 7 p.m.

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