WIN is programming support for high school students with cognitive delays, with a focus on students who are on the Certificate of Completion pathway. WIN is an acronym for “Whatever is Necessary, Whenever it’s Needed”.
The purpose of WIN programming is to assist High Schools to develop internal capacity to program inclusively for students with mild and moderate cognitive delays, and as well, to facilitate and bridge their transition into meaningful community engagement as adults.
WIN is a way of organizing students for instruction that is authentically congruent with the programming experience of their same age peers.
The programming plan benefits students by providing additional staff to support programming (a combination of academic pursuits and work study) within an inclusive setting.
There is also the option for students to choose a congregated WIN site at Austin O’Brien or St. Joseph, where the students are congregated as a home room (refer to program of choice).
These sites are structured as a cohesive unit where inclusion is available depending on students’ interests. For the inclusive WIN sites, additional staff is provided to the eight community high schools to program for Certificate of Completion students in an inclusive setting, including transition into the community during and after high school (through work study and work placement opportunities). Each school supports students whose significant cognitive delays would make “dash 4” programming too challenging.
Teachers in each community school work to deliver appropriate programming, including grouping for targeted instruction, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy.
The WIN teacher supports students who wish to access and audit other courses. In collaboration with the existing Work Experience coordinators, the WIN teacher helps implement and supervise work study/work experience opportunities. The Inclusive Programming consultants works with the WIN teacher to support appropriate transitions during and out of high school, to community agencies, organizations or employment opportunities.
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