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More Supports for Students and Families

October 17, 2018

The following message from Elwin LeRoux, Regional Executive Director, was distributed to parents/guardians on October 15:

Good Evening Parents/Guardians,

You may have heard about a provincial $15 million investment to fund more inclusive education staff and other priorities to better support students in the classroom. This letter is to share with you that all the 190 new staff who were committed have now been hired, and to introduce to you a new resource for families – parent navigators.

These supports will support teaching and learning so more students reach higher levels of achievement, well-being and success. They support our teachers so that all their students have the resources they need to succeed. These on-the-ground resources are in addition to the current complement of inclusive education specialists and supports in our schools, including the expanding SchoolsPlus Program.

First, let me highlight the new resources hired this year to support students. The Halifax Regional Centre for Education has welcomed 51 of the additional inclusive education specialists:

  • 8 Behaviour Support Teachers
  • 5 Autism Specialists
  • 4 Learning Centre teachers
  • 4 Program Planning Specialists
  • 10 Child-Youth Care Practitioners
  • 16 Education Program Assistants
  • 3 Parent Navigators
  • 1 Student Health Nurse

As indicated, three of these specialists will be the new parent navigators. Our parent navigators will work closely with other school and community-based agencies to ensure that students and families are aware of the services available to them and know how to access them. This includes services beyond education, such as health, justice and other community services.

Below are the names and contact information for our new parent navigators, including the families of schools they will be serving:

Nicole Farmer
nfarmer@hrce.ca
902-464-2000 x. 4360
Tressa Moore
mooret@hrce.ca
902-464-2000 x. 4362
Stephen Somers
ssomers@hrce.ca
902-464-2000 x. 4361
Family of Schools*
Auburn Drive
Cole Harbour District
Dartmouth
Eastern Shore
Island View
Prince Andrew
Family of Schools*
Citadel
Duncan MacMillan
J L Ilsley
Sir John A Macdonald
Bedford and Forsyth Education Centre (Bedford & Dartmouth Campuses)
Family of Schools*
Charles P Allen
Halifax West
Lockview
Millwood
Musquodoboit Rural
Sackville

* For a list of schools by family, click here .

We are also offering a new Outreach Program with oversight provided by our Alternative Education Program at Bedford and Forsyth Education Centre that engages and teaches students in ways that meet their unique needs. This is one of two Alternative Education Programs in our region.

Beyond the additional staff and programs, we are collectively focused on ways to support the success of all students through inclusive practices and support. I encourage you to visit ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation to learn more.

If you have any questions, you can reach out by calling or emailing the Halifax Regional Centre for Education at 902-464-2000 or connect@hrce.ca .