St. Clair Catholic principals, vice principals and vice principal candidates are the first in Ontario to complete, as an entire leadership group, the Special Education For Administrators Additional Qualifications course (SWA AQ). The course, which was offered throught the Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) was led by Superintendent of Education Lisa Demers, Sacred Heart Catholic School (Port Lambton) Principl Jen Morrow and St. Joseph Catholic School (Corunna) Principal Colleen Cogghe.
Administrators from several schools attended the June 18, 2019 Regular Board Meeting to accept their Certificates of Achievement, which were presented by Chair of the Board John Van Heck and Director of Education Deb Crawford.
"We are proud of our entire leadership team for this significant achievement, which will benefit students across the system - especially our most vulnerable students - those who have special needs," says Mr. Van Heck.
"This is an important course for our administrators because it celebrates our distinct Catholic identity," says Mrs. Crawford. "It is learning that causes us to rethink perceptions and attitudes towards persons with disabilities, because it reflects a society in which we work toward understanding and accepting responsibility for others."
The CPCO Special Education for Administrators Additional Qualifications course consists of 125 hours of course work, including face-to-face instruction, online learning and a job-embedded professional inquiry practicum. the learning was part of the Board's Catholic Leadership meetings, to ensure that all administrators and leadership candidates received the SEA AQ accreditation.
A key component of the course is its practical application in school improvement plans and helping to determine the most pressing student learning needs. Administrators are looking through the lens of the learner, as school-wide numeracy and literacy goals are developed.
In the photo above are (L-R) John Van Heck, Chair of the Board; Luana Sfalcin, Principal, St. John Fisher Catholic School, Forest; Colleen Cogghe, Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna and Course Leader; Tamara Johnson, Vice Principal, St. Matthew Catholic School, Sarnia and St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna; Jen Morrow, Principal, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Port Lambton and Course Leader; Mark Bernard, Principal, Holy Family Catholic School, Wallaceburg; Rick Baggio, Vice Principal, Ursuline College, Chatham; Lisa Walker, Principal, Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg; Lisa Dermers, Superintendent of Education and Course Leader; and Deb Crawford, Director of Education.