Learning Opportunity

FASD Instructional Coaching Professional Development - Strategies in the Classroom

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Tsion Abate Angela Kemble Adelee Penner
Date:March 17, 2022
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-IE-139
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

Teachers, School-based Administrators, Support Staff, Instructional Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers, District Leaders/Consultants, Educational/Instructional Assistants, Specialists who work directly with students, Para-educators and teams who serve children and youth

Also Recommended For

Educational/Instructional Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

The Government of Alberta, including the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Education, have collaborated to develop a new approach and service delivery model for building capacity within the education system and across all Alberta school authorities, including First Nation communities and Métis Settlements.

The new service delivery model expands on the learnings from Alberta Education’s initial Wellness Resiliency and Partnership Project (WRaP) which ended in 2017 and focuses on capacity-building of school authority staff, including teachers, administrators, and educational assistants. 

The WRaP 2.0 FASD and ERLC Coaching Partnership Project will increase the capacity of teachers and schools to meet the educational needs of students (ECS to Grade 12) with FASD, through a continuum of supports provided by FASD Instructional Coaches.

Four Session Overview

FASD Instructional Coaches will support education staff to enhance their knowledge and skills regarding how to support students by providing professional development on FASD best practices and hands-on support incorporating FASD-informed approaches into their classroom communities.

We do this by facilitating four FASD Instructional Coaching Professional Development sessions.

  • Foundations of FASD, February 17, 2022 - This presentation will cover the foundation of what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is, and the needs and challenges associated with the disability. It discusses what FASD is, Alcohol and Fetal Development, Signs and Symptoms, FASD Diagnosis, FASD Interventions, and FASD Prevention.  **Recommended as a prerequisite for the other three sessions.  
    • To register for this session click this Link

  • Teaching Students with FASD, March 3, 2022 - This presentation will cover teaching strategies that you can use to support students with FASD to succeed in the school environment.
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  • Strategies in the Classroom, March 17, 2022 - This presentation will cover teaching strategies that you can use to support individuals with FASD to succeed in the school environment. Many of these strategies may be familiar to school staff, but it is important to remember that strategies to support students with FASD should be individualized to the student. Often the frequency and “intensity” of support for students with FASD will differ.

  • School to Adulthood Transitions, April 7, 2022 - This presentation will cover the challenges and strategies for support to improve the experience of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder transitioning from school into adulthood.
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This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

For the past 20 years, Tsion Abate has dedicated her professional work in educational leadership, and the development of research evidence that promotes the health and well-being of communities who face health inequity. She currently works as an FASD Instructional Coach under the WRaP 2.0 FASD Coaching Partnership Project:  wrap2fasd.org. Tsion has worked in developing a community collaborative to mitigate the Sexually Transmitted Infections in Alberta, co-designed and implemented a Canada-wide collaboration to build capacity in service providers, and uses innovative, evidence based instructional practices and resources to reduce stigma and promote health equity. She holds a Master’s of Education in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Alberta.

Angela Kemble has been the Executive Director of the Northwest Central Alberta Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network for 6 years. Prior to that she was a WRaP FASD Success Coach. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Human and Social Development Degree. Her goal is to assist education administration with their FASD needs in order to help teachers help students reach their full potential.




Adelee Penner comes to ERLC having most recently served as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Adelee started her career in Manitoba and moved to Alberta in 2005. Her career has evolved over the years through working in several school jurisdictions, in both the private and public system, and from working for Alberta Education supporting school systems in Field Services. Adelee is a passionate lifelong learner. Using the provocation from Seth Godin, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?", Adelee works with others to create a culture for learning that is comfortable taking risk, trying new things and considers alternate perspectives.