Special Education Winter Newsletter

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!!!

This newsletter is intended for internal use for the Talawanda School District Special Education department.

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Alternate Assessment 2016

The window is now open to order materials for the 2016 administration of the Alternate Assessment. Mark Iles is ordering these materials.

  • Please be sure your students participating in the Alternate Assessment are captured on the spreadsheet.
  • The high school version of the Alternate Assessment for the OGT is now referred to as the "High School Alternate Assessment."
  • Any teacher new to the Alternate Assessment administration process should attend a training. You will need to register on STARS and request a sub code from Lori Brown. All trainings are held in January.

Focus on Behavior: Self-Regulated Learning

Self-regulation is the ability to control one's body and self, to manage one's emotion, and to maintain focus and attention. Click to here to view a summary of a book Carrie Germeroth on this topic. This is a skill that we can teach students. Suggestions are listed in the link.

Technology Option: Secure Print

It was brought to my attention that we have an option to have "secure printing." If you are printing confidential documents to a public printer (i.e. workroom copy machine), you can add an option to your account for secure printing. You can send a print job to the machine, and the machine will not print it until you go to the machine and type in your password. If you would like to have this set up on your account, please enter a tech request.

Extended School Year

Now is the time to begin thinking about Extended School Year services for your students. Please review your caseload list and make a list of students that you suspect may need ESY services. You will need to collect 3 data points for any student to qualify for services. ESY services are received per IEP goal. The first data point should be collected prior to a gap in instruction. For example, collect a data point on the student's reading goal prior to the winter break. Then, collect one data point right after the break in instruction (i.e. first day back from break). If the two data points show regression, track progress until the student is achieving at the same level as the first data point. That is the data the IEP team will to determine if there are significant recoupment issues in a particular area that will require ESY services.

Speaking of Progress Monitoring.....

Click here to access the Powerpoint from an SST 11 presentation on progress monitoring and using the data to develop IEP goals.

Here Comes..........Testing!

As we enter the testing season, it is important to understand the accessibility features and accommodation options for state testing. Here is a Powerpoint that provides information on this topic. More information will be forthcoming.

Professional Development Opportunity: Autism Certification Center

This is a website provides free professional development in the area of Autism. If you are interested, go to this website, and watch the video titled, "Learn More."

Final Note from Lori....

I want to thank all of you for your hard work this year especially your work at our data meetings. We will continue to collect and work through this data. Please be thinking about what is needed to continue to grow our students. I would love to see all green on those spreadsheets!

I will continue to collect and share information through this format if you find it helpful. Please let me know if there are topics you would like me to cover or if you have something you would like to share with the department.

Happy Holidays!!!