Peer Power is a social inclusion process that enhances other school wide Response to Intervention (RTI) initiatives such as Positive Behavioural Support, code of conduct, and anti-bullying programs. Peer Power helps to create an inclusive school culture that embraces diversity. Peer Power uses the strengths of students with excellent social skills to mentor and support their fellow students who need direct teaching to learn friendship skills and be a truly included member of their school. Peer Power is designed to enhance the social and emotional competence of ALL students.
Peer Power follows the evidence based research of school wide positive behavioural support and peer mediated learning. The British Columbia Council of Administrators of Special Education (BCCASE) has embarked on a ten year school wide positive behavioural support project titled “Making Connections.” There are three tiers of support in school wide positive behavioural support and Peer Power that will be familiar to the district and school based teams at VSB.