Inter-this, inter-that: Understanding the effectiveness of school-based wraparound teams
Inclusion is a common theme in systems of education throughout Western Canada. However, professional experience and research has identified differences in service delivery models for inclusive education. By understanding the politics of student diversity and the bi-lateral relationship between education systems of inclusion and systems of inclusive practice (SIP) in Western Canada, there is a unique window of opportunity to discuss and understand how specialized settings operate and thrive when there are resources available to develop and maintain interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration. This study examines the factors and indicators of success for wraparound teams in human services providers (such as healthcare, social work, and government) to establish a platform to explore how school-based wraparound teams (SWT) are significant to students with complex learning needs (SCLN) in SIP. Outside of school, SCLN and their families benefit when interdisciplinary supports are included in transition plans for major life events; and the evidence for this success is surfacing to promote interdisciplinary, interprofessional and interagency collaboration in research related to SIP in Western Canadian education (WCE). To apply this knowledge on the front lines of WCE, a presentation has been designed for novice special education teachers. Novice special education teachers will have an opportunity to understand who the SWT is composed of and how collaboration with professionals from outside education is a key factor and indicator of success for student- and family- centered programming.