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Visual Strategies for Organization and Planning

The goal of this video is to show educators how using visual structure and supports can improve organization and planning in our students.

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Blended Learning: Levelling the Playing Field for Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with LDs are often singled out in the classroom because they are usually the only ones using technology. This is not the case in Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) because every student within this board has access to technology as part of a blended learning initiative. Watch this video to see how students at St. Ambrose School in HPCDSB are using technology, how its building their confidence, and the difference educators and administrators are seeing in their school board.

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: Math Manipulatives: Tools to Help All Students Become Effective Problem Solvers

Watch this video to see how teachers at Sagonaska Demonstration School are using manipulatives to help students at all grade levels improve their mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: Building Reading Skills Through Assistive Technology

This video discusses the role that assistive technology can play in helping students with LDs remediate their reading skills as well as compensate for areas of weakness. Reading is a difficult task that does not come naturally to humans; it draws on many different cognitive processes at the same time including: decoding words, understanding meaning, creating mental pictures, making inferences and many more.

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Literacy, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

VIDEO: Building self-advocates: a key to student success

Click here to view the transcript of this video. This video discusses the importance of helping students, especially those with LDs, become strong self-advocates. In order for students to successfully speak on their own behalf and advocate for their learning, they must first understand their own strengths, to develop confidence and a sense of identity. [...]

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VIDEO: A Mindfulness Practice to Support the Well-Being of Students with LDs – Feed All Four

This video provides an overview of the Feed All Four framework, developed by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The Feed All Four framework is based on improving the social and emotional development and self-regulation of students through mindfulness and positive self-perception. This framework is beneficial to students with learning disabilities because it provides them the necessary tools to deal with conflict and anxiety, helps them focus on the task at hand, and encourages them to advocate for themselves. It also encourages them to look at the positive aspects of themselves as opposed to the negative aspects. These strategies are necessary for some students with LDs, but can be good for all.

VIDEO: Mindfulness Teaching Practices: Implementing the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts Program in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (Part II)

This two-part video introduces an innovative, evidence-based mindfulness training program as a means of addressing self-regulation challenges in students with learning disabilities (LDs). Part I presents the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) program, an evidence-based intervention to support the mental health and well-being of students with LDs. Part II illustrates how educators in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) are implementing this best practice into the school system.  The Integra MMA program has been integrated into the Learning Strategies course within the secondary school system, with plans for expansion to the elementary level.

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: Mental Health & Well-Being|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Students with LDs through Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (Part I)

This two-part video introduces an innovative, evidence-based mindfulness training program as a means of addressing self-regulation challenges in students with learning disabilities (LDs). Part I presents the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) program, an evidence-based intervention to support the mental health and well-being of students with LDs. Part II illustrates how educators in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) are implementing this best practice into the school system.  The Integra MMA program has been integrated into the Learning Strategies course within the secondary school system, with plans for expansion to the elementary level.

By |August 31st, 2015|Categories: Mental Health & Well-Being|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: Using Collaborative Teacher Inquiry to Support Students with LDs in Math

This video provides an overview of collaborative teacher inquiry (CI) and how it can be used to facilitate and investigate new ways of supporting students with learning disabilities (LDs) in the area of math. This video features interviews with educators from the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNCCDSB), including a Special Education Consultant, a Student Achievement Consultant, and a Grade 7/8 Teacher. Each participant discusses the importance of CI and how CI and manipulatives might be used to support the learning of students with LDs in the area of math. We trust that watching the CI process in action will motivate educators in both general education and special education settings.

By |August 10th, 2015|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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VIDEO: “Our Self-Advocacy Pamphlet Journey” created by, Mike Di Donato and his Grade Eight Students (Aiden, Denver, and Janine)

Sagonaska is a Provincial Demonstration School for students with learning disabilities (LDs), located in Belleville, Ontario. After seeing a webinar from the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) where Julia Osborne showed the self-advocacy cards she created and uses in her school board (York Region District School Board), the students in Mike Di Donato’s grade 8 class decided to create their own self-advocacy pamphlets, to assist in their transition to grade 9.

By |June 10th, 2015|Categories: Self-Advocacy|Tags: , , |0 Comments