Jo Dawson - November 2018
One of the most rewarding experiences as a member of the Board of Bank First, other than meeting and hearing the stories of our Members, is to be involved with the Teaching Initiatives Program.
As Members know, Bank First’s Teaching Initiatives Program (TIP) was developed to support schools and preschools in bringing innovative teaching ideas to life, and to encourage excellence in education. This year 23 schools (including pre-schools) were awarded grants.
As part of awarding these funds I had the opportunity with one of our Business Development Team Leaders, Tania Evanns, to visit Glenroy Specialist School and present to Lesley Prout the award for her application in relation to the ‘Inclusion of Deaf Blind Students in Learning’.
The aim of this initiative is to develop an understanding of how to communicate with deaf blind students who have significant additional disabilities, and effectively support them to be actively involved in learning. The focus is on informing deaf blind students so they know what is happening and assist them to develop a clearer understanding of their world. Resources to support these students include ‘day awareness’ packs, oils linked to colours for authentic choice making, object representations to make sense of routine or room changes, 3D core language kits and tactile resources.
A special thank you to principal Raelene Kelly who has invited Tania and myself back to spend some time with the students and the great team of committed staff who do such amazing things. Our Teaching Initiatives Program will open again in March 2019 and I’m looking forward to seeing all the applications that we receive next year.