Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms  
Accessible SpacesSpaces that are located near classrooms and open to use by students needing a quiet, calm and safe space to regulate.
Accessible TechnologyTechnology that’s been designed with the needs of a lot of different users in mind. Technology with built-in customization features so that the user can individualize their experience to meet their needs.
Age appropriate and Developmentally appropriate ResourcesResources that meet the age and developmental interests and needs of the student.
Assistive TechnologyTechnology that’s been designed to help a person with a disability perform a task.
Case ManagersThe teacher who coordinates a student’s education programming. The Case Manager liaises with parents and others involved, ensures adaptations are used, writes the Individual Education Plan and monitors student progress.
Catchment Areas The geographic area from which students are eligible to attend a specific school. This is determined by their home address.
Catchment Pathway Each elementary and middle school has a designated school path for catchment students transitioning from elementary to middle and middle to secondary. If you are not living in-catchment, the student does not automatically follow the catchment pathway.
Diverse LearnersNeurodiverse learners and learners with disabilities.
Human SupportsSupport from a specialist teacher, classroom based teacher, Indigenous Elder, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity advocate, or Educational Assistant.
InclusionA way of thinking and acting, grounded in the belief that, with the right supports, every learner can be successful in their classrooms and school. All students have an authentic sense of belonging in their school community and are supported to develop their full potential in the academic, social-emotional and physical domains.
Individualized and Personalized PlanningPlanning that helps to guide, develop and document specially designed instruction for each student’s unique academic, social emotional and physical strengths and needs.
Non-catchment studentA student that attends a school outside of the catchment school associated with their address.
Programs of Choice Programs such as French Immersion, Secondary Sports Academies and Secondary Challenge/Flex Programs that are open to all students in the District to apply. Selection is based on an application process with specific criteria.
Prompt and accurate formal assessment of studentsA standardized assessment that measures a student’s ability and achievement relative to a group of students the same age. This information may be required prior to a psycho-educational assessment.
Transition planningComprehensive planning and supports for students as they move from home or daycare to Kindergarten, from grade to grade, school to school, and from school to post-secondary or work.
TransitionsThe progression when a student goes from elementary to middle school and middle to secondary school.
Work and/or Community ExperiencesReal work experience for appropriate pay.


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