Special Education

Special Education @ LCI

Special Education Program Information

All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to thrive and to gain full benefit from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require supports beyond those ordinarily received in the school setting. In Ontario, students who have behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical or multiple exceptionalities, may have educational needs that cannot be met through regular instructional and assessment practices. These needs may be met through accommodations, and/or an educational program that is modified above or below the age-appropriate grade level expectations for a particular subject or course. Such students may be formally identified as exceptional pupils. The ministry sets out definitions of exceptionalities that must be used by school boards after determining that a student is an “exceptional pupil”.

At Lakeshore CI, Special Education students can receive additional support through the GLE- Learning Strategies Courses and the Resource Room.

GLE-Learning Strategies: Students can earn up to 4 credits in Learning Strategies. The courses focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond. This course also provides students with additional resources and supports that can enable them to be successful academically.

Resource Room: The Resource Room (Room 116) provides a quiet and supportive environment and is open to all students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) or an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).  The ILPs are created for students with academic or social/emotional needs on a yearly basis. The Resource Room is staffed with special education teachers, educational assistants and additional support can be offered through a referral to the child and youth worker (CYW).  Students receive classroom instruction directly from their teacher and then can access the resource room on a per needs basis. Trained staff offer individualized academic support, scribe and reader accommodations for tests and assignments, extra time for tests and support with assistive technology.

Department Members

Lindsay Travers lindsay.travers@tdsb.on.ca
Julia Puodziukas julia.puodziukas@tdsb.on.ca
Harvinder Sharma harvinder.sharma@tdsb.on.ca

Course material is posted on Google Classroom or Brightspace. Students can access their online course material by logging into Academic Workspace using their TDSB student number and password.