The work of the Inclusion Director is aligned with the guiding principles of the GAA. These principles define GAA’s inclusive learning community, where all students can learn and have a right to support that fosters learning growth. At GAA, we believe that all students deserve support to access the curriculum and contribute to classroom learning, as well as opportunities to demonstrate individual growth. This belief is championed by a network of professionals who collaboratively plan for, set and respond to measurable growth indicators based on students’ needs, using clear data.
The Inclusion Director provides leadership for a dedicated team who monitors student needs, and intervenes to foster student growth. The Student Support Team (SST) consists of Inclusion Coaches, Learning Support Assistants (LSA), Learning Support Teachers (LST), and other teachers working with special education. This leadership includes, but is not limited to;
the oversight and maintenance of a network that organizes communication oriented around student needs, usually through meetings with clear purposes and action
assists in the administering of a clear review and referral procedure that uses data to ensure student needs are being met on an ongoing basis
ensures that these efforts are evidenced through an efficient and comprehensive system of timely record keeping designed for responsive student support and an ongoing review of needs
The Inclusion Director supports a team of specialized professionals who actively collaborate with teachers. This team supports teachers in using data to maintain and communicate the students’ progress toward their goals. The Inclusion Director’s role is to create and maintain supportive networks and processes supporting individual needs within a given classroom.
The Inclusion Director ensures staff have opportunities for furthering their own knowledge and training in student support through internal and external professional development as well as access to effective resources.