Programs & Services - Inclusive Education - School Based Teams

School Based Teams

The classroom teacher is key to every student’s educational program and acts as a member of a collaborative team to support the inclusion of a student with special needs. The classroom teacher is responsible for the planning, implementing, assessment and reporting of the student’s educational program.

The school Principal/Vice-Principal is responsible for implementation of education programs. Accordingly, the Principal/Vice-Principal ensures that every student who has special needs is assigned a case manager; that individualized education plans are developed and implemented; and that parent/guardians are regularly provided with information concerning their child’s educational progress. The Principal/Vice-Principal also oversees the placement of all students and is available to consult with students as well as parent/guardians concerning their daughter or son’s education program.

School Based Team (SBT)

The School-Based Team (SBT) is a collaborative problem-solving team that works with classroom teachers to develop educational programs for students who may or may not have special education designations. The SBT also works together to make decisions regarding case managers, referrals (e.g., Speech-Language Pathologists, District Resource Teachers, School Psychologists), resource allocation etc. School Based Team meets on a regular basis in all schools.

Resource Teachers

  • These specialist teachers have advanced training and knowledge in special education in order to provide direct and indirect support to staff and students to address the diverse learning needs of students in classrooms. Resource teachers are typically the case managers for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) and are responsible for their implementation.


  • Facilitate the educational, personal, social and emotional development of elementary students in schools and in the community. Area Counsellors provide support to individual students, groups of students and classes in response to the current needs of each school.

Educational Assistants (EAs)

  • EAs work directly with students in classrooms and other settings to implement IEPs and to support students’ educational programs in a number of ways

Child Care / Youth Care Workers (CCWs / YCWs)

  • work directly with students in classrooms and other settings to support the social and emotional well-being of students

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

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