Learning Opportunity

FASD Instructional Coaching Professional Development

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Facilitators: Adelee Penner Tsion Abate
Date:January 26, 2023
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 23-IE-307
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

School-based Administrators, Instructional/Learning Coaches, District Leaders, Educational/Instructional Assisstants

Also Recommended For

Specialist who work directly with Students, Para-educators and teams who serve children and youth

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, January 26, 2023 - 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.  

  • Teaching Students with FASD, February 2, 2023 - 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, February 9, 2023 - 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.
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  • School to Adulthood Transitions, February 23, 2023 - 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
  • 4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

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


Adelee Penner

Adelee Penner is a highly sought-after consulting professional who has demonstrated her ability to realize system improvement and change disruption. She brings her practical experience working with teachers, school-based and district leaders to her project consultation/work. She has been an educator and leader in school authorities in both Manitoba and Alberta. Adelee also has experience as an... Read more »

Tsion Abate

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:... Read more »

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