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Brantford, ON: Grand Erie District School Board has established an action plan that will honour the needs of schools that serve students living in neighbourhoods where families disproportionately shoulder the burden of unemployment, underemployment and the associated socioeconomic challenges.
“Grand Erie is working towards building equity for all students and we will champion educational advantages for those who will benefit most,” said John Forbeck, Director of Education. “In order to give each student an equitable chance of success, we have to find ways to level the playing field to create opportunities and advantages for all students.”
A Compensatory Education action plan has been developed in Grand Erie to support students to achieve and succeed. The term Compensatory Education is used to describe how a board of education can support schools by providing additional resources to advantage learning for children.
The essential components of the Compensatory Education action plan include:
* A Compensatory Education Standing Committee at the system level
* Additional staffing in schools located in priority communities
* Proven intervention strategies to increase literacy and numeracy achievement
* Parenting and Family Literacy Centres at Major Ballachey and Princess
Elizabeth to support the home-school connection
* Support school-community initiatives such as the Bellview School
Neighbourhood Hub, Major Ballachey’s Steps to Success program and Turning Point
programs at Valley Heights Secondary School in Norfolk County and at the Iroquois
Lacrosse Arena on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation
“Compensatory Education gives us the opportunity to hear from parents and families on how we can further support their children’s success,” said Rita Collver, Chair of the Board. “Through this action plan, the Board directs additional resources to support the needs of our students and communities.” For the Silo, Shawn McKillop www.granderie.ca
Supplemental- Compensatory Education Backgrounder PDF