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The Wellness, Resiliency and Partnership (WRaP): FASD Coaching project gives educators tools and skills to help students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder thrive.
Alberta’s government is allocating $1 million per year for five years to launch WRaP 2.0. Alberta’s FASD networks and school authorities will work together to deploy new tools across the province to help educators create learning environments to support and engage students with FASD.
“All students should have the opportunity to excel in school. By working with the provincial FASD networks and with educators across Alberta, we can help create school environments that support students with FASD and celebrate their skills and talents.”
Jason Luan, Minister of Community and Social Services
Building on a successful pilot project focused on one-on-one coaching, this new approach of professional development and coaching at the school system level will reach students all across Alberta.
These provincewide supports fulfil a platform commitment and continue important work with local partners to prevent FASD and support Albertans with FASD and their families.
“We know the WRaP project made a difference for students and families, and now schools all across the province can access FASD-informed tools and coaching support. This is part of our commitment to provide students with an inclusive education system where every person is valued and every voice is heard.”
Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
“Through this partnership between the Alberta FASD networks and the Government of Alberta, we're putting students first by working together to ensure every child is having their educational needs met. The foundation of this project is relationships. The input we've received from stakeholders like teachers and caregivers has allowed us to capture valuable perspectives that will continue to inform our instructional coaching practice moving forward.”
Lisa Rogozinsky, FASD network coordinator, Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network
Along with this project, the province is also releasing a new resource for educators called Relationships Matter: How relational based supports can make a positive difference in Alberta schools, which focuses on the importance of positive relationships in the classroom.
- It’s estimated that about 174,000 Albertans, and four per cent of Canadians, have FASD.
- Alberta’s 12 FASD networks provided services and supports to more than 5,600 people last year.
- WraP 2.0: FASD Coaching Partnership Project
- Relationships Matter: How relational-based supports can make a positive difference in Alberta schools