Overview: Program Services has the responsibility for Curriculum, Staff Development programs, Special Education Programs and Services, Information Technology Services, Environmental Education, Technology, Library and Media Services and First Nations programs.
Curriculum: The Curriculum portfolio is responsible for the implementation, review and development of curriculum initiatives. The mandate is to provide support and resources for teachers for the Ontario Curriculum from JK-12. The division is divided into four portfolios.
The Arts and Applied Studies
Languages and Social Sciences
Mathematics, Science and Technology, Environmental Education
Pathways to Student Success (7-12)
A Learning Supervisor is responsible for each portfolio. A team of Learning Coordinators work within the program areas to provide curriculum expertise. The Learning Coordinators also provide support for school improvment. Special Education Programs and Services: Thames Valley District School Board offers special education programs and services to address the needs of exceptional students. Most pupils with special needs are able to succeed in the regular classroom. Occasionally, some pupils need the support of specialized programs and services which are offered at a neighbourhood school or in another location to achieve this goal.
Programming for special needs students is the shared responsibility of the principal, regular class and special education teachers, the parent, the student and support staff. The Special Education team includes Special Education Learning Coordinators, Psychological Services and Social Work staff who act as a resource to each school. Specialized support for pupils identified as exceptional includes some of the following:
The student’s learning needs are thoroughly assessed on an individual basis.
An Individual Educational Plan is developed which emphasizes the student’s strengths and addresses areas of need.
The plan is continuously reviewed and revised by the school Program Development Team to ensure continued progress.
Classroom teachers may consult with other professionals to enhance the learning environment.
Classroom teachers may consult with specially trained teachers.
Specially trained staff may at times work with the student.
Special materials and equipment and/or small group instruction may be provided.
A variety of evaluation strategies may be implemented.
A range of placement options may be made available.
Technology, Library, and Media Sources: The Technology, Library and Media Services portfolio provides extensive resources to support student learning. This department oversees the development, implementation and review of the Board’s Information and Communication Technology Plan and supports the schools in the creation of their ICT plans. In addition, this portfolio offers curriculum in-service and technical training for school-based elementary computer support teachers, secondary computer facilitators, teacher-librarians and classroom teachers across the system. Leadership is also provided in the following areas: centralized library automation and cataloguing services, information technology standards for students and teachers, an appropriate use policy for technology, a learning materials selection policy, and technology renewal initiatives.
The Media Resource Services collection includes thousands of media resources. The staff distributes videos, multimedia kits, novel sets, and sheet music to teachers across Thames Valley, both in loanable copies and through Learn 360, where resources are available on demand. A complete catalogue of resources is available in the Directory of Learning Resources on CD ROM. The Media Services Workshop group provides assistance in the production of learning materials for the classroom. Many services such as: graphic design, photography, film processing, photocopying, laminating, audio recording, and framing are offered along with a wide range of graphic art and classroom supplies.
Information Technology Services: Information Technology Services plans, acquires and supports the computer and telecommunications infrastructures used by schools and departments throughout the Board. This includes computer and network hardware, telephone systems, operating systems software, and the software applications (e.g. student information systems; human resources systems; payroll; word processing; and communications) used daily for learning and administration. Specific units within the department focus on equipment repair; help desk services; staff training; cabling; technical support to schools; software support; Intranet development; computer operations; and telephone support. Department Organizational Chart: Please find below a PDF chart displaying the staff organization within Director's Services.