WIN Junior Congregated is a Program of Choice for students with diverse learning profiles and mild to moderate cognitive delays. WIN is an acronym for Whatever is Necessary, Whenever its Needed espousing the understanding that some students benefit from alternative ways to learning based on their unique diverse needs.
Within Edmonton Catholic Schools, students with diverse needs are supported inclusively at their community schools through a continuum of supports. In Alberta, educating students with special education needs in inclusive settings is the first placement option to be considered by school authorities in consultation with parents, and when appropriate, the students. (Alberta Education Diverse Learners Overview, 2016).
In some cases, families prefer an alternative to the community school. As an alternate pathway for families to choose, the WIN Junior program is a Program of Choice to support students with mild/moderate cognitive delays. Two congregated WIN Junior sites have been identified at St. Nicholas and St. Hilda.
This Program of Choice is a blend of the WIN congregated classroom experience and inclusive opportunities. Within the classroom, the students have the opportunity for individualized programming support within a community of learners, focusing on: numeracy, literacy, communication, social development, and life skills working towards greater independence. As part of the individualized program, the student will have opportunities to participate in subjects or options that fit their interests and strengths. This is a strength based program, which also targets volunteer/career planning, and exposes students to authentic experiences to increase awareness. Programming will also include active living and recreational activities in alternative learning environments.
Students who access WIN Junior may choose to transition into the WIN programing in high school where they can work towards a Certificate of Completion. In high school, students may access support either inclusively at their community Catholic high school or at a congregated site located at St. Joseph or Austin OBrien High School.
Each WIN Junior program is supported with a teacher and a multi-disciplinary team that may include Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Therapeutic Assistant, Educational Assistant, Family School Liaison Worker, and Emotional Behavior Specialist. Other professionals may be accessed to support students as needed.
Knowledge and Employability Programming
The K and E Pathway is designed for students in grades 7 to 12 who demonstrate reading, writing, mathematical and/or other levels of achievement two to three grade levels below their age-appropriate grade (Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12/ September 2015. P. 54.).
Junior High K&E courses include four academic courses Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science and nine occupational areas. Students choosing senior high Knowledge and Employability courses typically are wanting to enhance their academic and occupational competencies and transition into employment and/or continuing education and training opportunities. Students may combine K&E course with other junior-senior high school courses or transition in and out of K&E courses throughout grades 7 12. Students taking K&E courses are on a pathway towards a Certificate of High School Achievement.
Knowledge & Employability programming is offered at all Junior and Senior High Schools, or as a congregated program at: H. E. Beriault Junior High, J. J. Bowlen Junior High, Holy Trinity High School, and St. Joseph High School.
Knowledge and Employability Courses - Alberta Education
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