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Learning Assistance and Counselling

The Learning Assistance Teacher (LAT) assists classroom teachers in planning and implementing programs for students with specific needs within the regular classroom.  These may be students who are experiencing difficulty in a particular subject area or those who required an extension beyond the regular curriculum.  The LAT assists teachers with detailed assessment of students and communicates the necessary information to teachers, parents, administrators, and to the student, if appropriate.  Communication generally takes place at a meeting of the School Based Team which consists of the LAT, an administrator, the classroom teacher, and the parents.  The LAT coordinates information between school, Student Support Services personnel, outside agencies, and other community programs.  The objective of learning assistance is to help each student perform to his/her learning potential within the classroom setting.


Every elementary school in School District No. 23 presently provides a counsellor on staff on a part-time basis.  The counsellor supports students who are experiencing emotional, social, or behavioral problems at school or home which affect their learning and personal well-being.  The counsellor is available for consultation with staff, administration and parents who wish to discuss concerns about students so that strategies for improvement can be implemented.  Students can refer themselves to the counsellor or they can ask their teacher or parents to make a referral.  Teachers may refer a student following discussions with parents and attempts at intervention at the teacher / student level.  Parents may refer their children following consultation with the counsellor and/or teacher.  The counsellor provides referral to community agencies if the student or family requires long-term counselling or therapy.  The counsellor can offer information related to parenting issues, emotional and social growth issues, and any subjects which pertain to the healthy development of children.