In response to a growing need for individual student support in literacy and numeracy, Yorkdale launched a resource center, affectionately known as the iLounge. Located in room 148, the iLounge welcomes everyone! Supervised by experienced Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs), Mookesh and Roxanne provide assistance to all EdVance students either through individual or group instruction. Support is accessed on a drop-in basis, especially at lunch time when the room is open for homework and tutoring Mookesh and Roxanne also visit classrooms regularly.
In addition to academic assistance, the iLounge is an inclusive space and vibrant hub of activity for students. There, they can get help with resumes and cover letters, as well as obtain general information about Yorkdale’s programs, courses and more, or be directed to knowledgeable personnel and resources. Some students use it as a quiet, alternative space to complete work while others take advantage of the computer lab to produce essays or conduct on-line research. Still others use the seating area to relax and unwind. Since everyone can benefit from assistive technology, we encourage all students to use the various TDSB approved software programs installed onto iLounge computers, such Read & Write Gold and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Training is also available.
As SERTs, Mookesh and Roxanne are familiar with each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), exceptionality if any, and the student’s special needs. Not only are they responsible for arranging and overseeing monthly support team meetings (IST/SST), they also collaborate with students, teachers, guidance, support staff, social services, Special Education consultants and other professional resource personnel to develop meaningful strategies, accommodations and/or modifications to a student’s IEP and academic program. Moreover, they teach students invaluable self-advocacy skills, believing they will serve the student well when he or she transitions into post-secondary programs or the workplace.
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