Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Providing Equitable Learning Opportunities Through Partnership Something special happens each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Nelson Whynder Elementary (NWES), well after school is dismissed. Students from Grades Primary to 12 come together between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for a program that helps them with homework, offers specialized tutoring and provides a space to celebrate, and learn more about their culture. The Cultural and Academic Enrichment Program (CAEP) at NWES is one of five in the Dartmouth Region run by the Black Educators Association (BEA). The CAEP was designed to assist students of African descent to achieve greater academic success by connecting them with tutors and their culture in a comfortable setting. How is this program helping to improve student engagement and achievement? Hear from staff, tutors and students in this video. 4 Goal 3: To Achieve Equitable Learning Opportunities for All Students Goal 2: To Strengthen Safe and Inclusive School Environments Promoting Independence Through Functional Life Skills Systems Our Program Planning Specialists are currently developing a video resource to inform families, partners and staff of options available to support students with individualized programming for independent living and employment when they transition from school to community. The Individualized Program Plan (IPP) Review released in February 2016 identified the continued value of customized programming for individual students. The Functional Life Skills System is an approach that connects each student’s individualized outcomes and promotes independence. Program Planning Specialists visit schools on a regular basis to support teachers and school staff in designing meaningful programming for students. One of the most successful programming options is the implementation of a structured life skills system that incorporates the strengths, challenges and interests of students. These systems provide students with daily opportunities to discover independence as they move through the school system and prepare to be contributing members of society. This video will highlight various features of the life skills system in a real school setting, which will show teachers, parents and staff how it can be incorporated into a student’s daily routines. It will be available in April’s report.