For immediate release
May 23, 2000

Cooperation leads to
enhanced learning for students

    The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), in cooperation with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1022, Loyalist College and Human Resources Development Canada, has developed some unique training opportunities for current Educational Assistants. Three specialized programs offered this summer to assist Educational Assistants in identifying and supporting young students who may be at risk of underachievement.
      Superintendent Les Jewell is pleased with this cooperative effort. "The Educational Assistants will be able to enhance their skills and be further equipped to support students without placing a heavy financial burden on the participants," he said.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is aimed at providing participants with skills and resources which support literacy and social skills for Primary age students (age 4 to 7 years). The HPEDSB launched this program in its schools in the fall of 1999 and has seen encouraging results from students and strong support from the school staffs. This intensive training program will be offered during the last two weeks of August.
    A Pervasive Development Disorder/Autism Program (August 21 to25), and the Hanen Early Language Program (July 5 to 9) will also be offered as part of the Board's commitment to the early identification and support of "at risk learners".
    Educational Assistants are employed by the Board for 10 months per year and are normally receiving Employment Insurance during the summer. Participants in the training who meet their obligations to actively seek work before and after the training programs may be approved to continue receiving EI during the training sessions. Participants in the EIP and Hanen programs will also earn a Continuing Education certificate from Loyalist College.
 
For more information contact:
Les Jewell, Superintendent of Special Education Services,  966-1170  ext. 2414