Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

RETSD pilot program nets award

  • Print
Anne Kresta of Community Living Manitoba (back row, third from left) is shown with River East Transcona School Division student services team members (left to right) Michael Bennett, Susan Miller, Sherri Black, Joan Trubyk and Tammy Mitchell. Kresta nominated the team for a Manitoba Access Awareness Award, which it won on June 7.

SUPPLIED PHOTO BY CHERYL MOORE Enlarge Image

Anne Kresta of Community Living Manitoba (back row, third from left) is shown with River East Transcona School Division student services team members (left to right) Michael Bennett, Susan Miller, Sherri Black, Joan Trubyk and Tammy Mitchell. Kresta nominated the team for a Manitoba Access Awareness Award, which it won on June 7. Photo Store

A River East Transcona School Division pilot project caught the provincial government’s eye recently, much to the program’s distinction.

The RETSD’s student services department was honoured by the province’s Disability Issues Office for its new Profiling Inclusive School Cultures (PICS) initiative during Manitoba Access Awareness Week (June 2 to 8).

RETSD assistant superintendent Joan Trubyk, student services manager Tammy Mitchell, and divisional inclusion specialists Sherri Black, Susan Miller, and Michael Bennett received the award from Persons With Disabilities Minister Jennifer Howard at the Legislative Building on June 7.

The division, along with Community Living Manitoba, began planning the PICS project in December 2011. The project consisted of sending questionnaires to three schools within the division — one early-years, one middle-years, and one senior-years school — asking staff, students, and parents approximately 150 questions in eight categories.

The categories were: diversity embraced, universal sense of belonging, proactive school leadership, collaborative approach, student-centred educational planning, responsive structures, positive behaviour approach, and meaningful, relevant, and inclusive learning experiences for all students.

Mitchell explained the questionnaire was designed to get schools thinking about the ways in which they are inclusive, as well as areas in which they could use improvement.

"The staff needed to rank each of the statements from ‘not at all evident’ to ‘very evident’, and then they had to provide evidence in the school where they saw that," Mitchell said. "It was not only quantitative, but also qualitative."

Mitchell said data from each of the three schools was separately compiled and analyzed. The numerical data was graphed, and the evidence was scanned for "themes and trends", and the information was presented to staff.

"They were able to decide priorities so they could move ahead," Mitchell said, noting specific changes planned as a result of the findings hasn’t yet been set in stone.

Trubyk feels the division has worked hard to be an inclusive one for years, and the PICS project is just an extension of the work it’s been doing.

"We use the data to plan and program in our schools and for our students," she said. "In the area of inclusion, one of the things we found was there wasn’t a whole lot around in terms of data to assess where we’re at."

Mitchell noted other local school divisions are looking at getting the PICS program into their schools beginning next year, and noted there has been national and even international interest. As well, the project will continue in RETSD schools next year.

Facebook.com/TheHeraldWpg
Twitter: @HeraldWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

If the NHL expands into Las Vegas, will you go to see the Jets there?

View Results