Supporting and improving learning is at the heart of SCSBC’s mission. Our two Directors of Learning and our Director of Educational Support Services work to support learning in schools through professional development, resource support, mentorship, and visioning with administration and learning leaders within schools. Our goal is to help schools provide quality formational and transformational learning experiences for every student. We develop professional learning networks within its member schools in order to foster community and collaboration.
The Directors of Learning and Educational Support Services strive to remain on the cutting edge of educational research and innovation. Working closely with schools, professional organizations, universities and the Ministry of Education, SCSBC’s directors are current and engaged with global educational shifts and practice. Their experience and investment in many arenas positively impact SCSBC’s ability to provide advocacy and rich professional development for member schools.
Educational Support Services (ESS) assists administrators, as well as special education and learning assistance coordinators, to support diversity among learners. The Director of ESS is available by phone, online, or meetings at member schools. Some of our services include providing advice, reviewing programs, and preparing for Ministry of Education accountability procedures. ESS facilitates courses, workshops and networking sessions on a variety of topics such as inclusion, differentiation, nonviolent crisis intervention, positive behaviour intervention, developing IEPs and assessment. These events bring schools together to work in collaborative teams as they learn together. Special education and learning assistance e-Bulletins and other notifications provide important information about Ministry of Education announcements and regional events. An extensive members-only website provides samples and templates of documents that are helpful in developing best practice for special needs programs, such as polices and procedures, working with families, individual planning, and strategies to support diversity.
Supporting educators in creating learning that is engaging, empowering and fosters faith formation is Darren’s driving motivation. In his leadership roles, he seeks to challenge educators to explore ideas that bring schools closer to best practice within a framework that is distinctly Christian. Darren is committed to promoting learning that is built on meaningful relationships, is demanding and rigorous, and is engaging and relevant for the learner. He works with schools to intentionally develop learning experiences that are transformational and built on students participating as faithful followers of Christ.
Previous to joining the staff at SCSBC as a Director of Learning, Darren worked at four schools in various positions including administration. In two of those schools, he built middle schools programs that are responsive to the developmental needs of adolescents.
• Bachelor of Education, Trinity Western University
• Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership, Dordt College
Jenny has been a Grades K-12 teacher of special needs students, a learning assistance coordinator and an educational consultant in both Australia and British Columbia. Previous to joining the staff at SCSBC, Jenny established the special needs program for students in K-12 at Traditional Learning Academy (Surrey) and served as the Vice Principal of Special Needs.
As the SCSBC Director of Educational Support Services, Jenny’s responsibilities include support for schools in connecting funding to program implementation, assistance with development of policies, procedures and guidelines; support for schools in their HR management of special ed staff; assistance with accessing services from provincial outreach programs and SET-BC; providing in-service such as staff development workshops, specialist days and assessment; regular communication regarding current trends, conferences and resources.
BEd from UBC, MEd from UNE, Australia