The CÉF sees to all of its students needs with the help of its student services sector. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, special education, counseling and guidance counseling, Shared Services and Integrated services, and intercultural and welcoming services for newcomers are among the services offered.
This sector is also responsible for the administration of psycho-educational evaluations to the Fransaskois students as needed, while offering support to the teaching staff in modifying the curriculum to answer to the special needs of at-risk and gifted students.
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Special Needs and Mental Health
Since 2 to 20% of children, no matter their first language, have learning disabilities, it is essential to be able to offer a first-language education that will be adapted to their needs. A team of specialists from a variety of disciplines is therefore in place to offer highly specialized services to Fransaskois students with learning difficulties as well as gifted students.
The CÉF has also established a partnership with the Centre psychosocial, an Ottawa-based firm of specialists in mental health issues for children, youth and their families, to provide services and help develop local programs in French to better serve CÉF students and their families. Other agreements have been reached with independant service providers to ensure access to services relating to occupational therapy, speech language pathology and educational psychology, amongst others.
These specialists, in collaboration with teachers, identify and assess students who may be gifted or at risk in order to provide an education program tailored to their needs.
Following the evaluation of a student and upon recommendation by the CÉF's Student Services department, the CÉF may assign a special education teacher aide to answer to a specific need or to assist a specific student. The special education teacher aide assists the teacher with lessons and learning activities for the student(s) as well as with supervision.
The CÉF's team of counselors works mainly with students to help them with their personal, academic, moral and social development, which often brings them to collaborate regularly as well with parents and school staff. The team works closely with the Assistance Director of Education (Student SErvices) and the other members of the Student Services team. Their goal is to provide an intervention and prevention service for the students' well-being.
Trained guidance counselors offer workshops and provide support to students by guiding them in choosing courses that will allow them to realize their postsecondary education and career goals. Whether regarding the necessary prerequisites for university or college admission, available bursaries, or the skills and qualities sought for integration into a career of their choice, students are well equipped to make appropriate choices.
Intercultural program and immigration projects
With its growing population, Saskatchewan is no stranger to newcomers from across Canada and every corner of the globe. But sometimes, these students need a little bit of help to adapt to their new school environment and their new community. This is why each school has founded a Comité d'accueil de l'école (CAÉ), or school-based welcoming committee, designed to help ensure a smooth transition for newcomers. Call your local school for more details.
These services are offered by the provincial government to Saskatchewan families, particularly in the health, social services, justice and education sectors. These services, such as counseling which focuses on improving basic parental abilities, or the sharing of information to decrease drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse by students, are readily accessible to the province's schools. Since 1988, the CÉF and its partners (Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, Association des parents fransaskois) have been working out plans to ensure the provision of Integrated Services IN FRENCH for the Fransaskois schools. A model for the provision of services has been put together and will require a considerable financial contribution from affected government departments in order to be made accessible as resources or services to fransaskois families.
Some rural school divisions in Saskatchewan do not have the capacity to provide the comprehensive range of services and supports for student diversity. The Shared Services Program was implemented to strengthen the capacity of these rural school divisions to lend support to students and teachers by providing the organizational structure and funding recognition for boards of education to enter into agreements with other boards and human service providers to deliver specialized services, including:
Distance Education and the Learning Technology Unit
All of the CÉF schools have access to the distance education program. The model consists of several methods of delivery such as videoconferencing and the use of multimedia on an Internet-based platform. Specialized videoconferencing equipment allows for the transmission of voice, text and graphics, as well as the transmission of fixed or animated images of the participants. Distance education teachers also visit their students on a regular basis. Through this multimodal approach, the CÉF can offer quality distance education to all of its students, whether they live in a rural or urban region. This does not mean replacing traditional learning methods, but rather adding to the available resources. This technology also allows each student the opportunity to exchange ideas, defend their point of view, develop friendships around the province, and reach several goals relating to the integration of technologies.
Distance teaching requires additional preparation time and therefore the need for more effort on the part of the teacher. Teachers therefore have access to training and a considerable support network. The distance education staff is also involved in the Learning Technology Unit overseen by the Ministry of Education. This program is aimed at developing resources to be made available over the Internet to Saskatchewan teachers, students and parents.