Department of Student Services
Exceptional Students ... Exceptional Staff 9.22.16
Each Building MUST have an ESL Coordinator Assigned
In compliance with the district’s Office of Civil Rights ELL Agreement, each CPS building MUST assign a building-level point person to serve as the ESL Coordinator, regardless of the current number of ELL students. Job responsibilities for the ESL Coordinator would include helping to update building-level staff on ESL service delivery information.
If you are the ESL Coordinator in your buildings, this year you can choose to attend ONE of the TWO upcoming training options:
a. September 29th at 4:15pm for Face-to-Face Training; Mayerson Course #143.16242 OR
b. After September 29th for online training via Schoology (access code: 76CXV-3V9ST); Mayerson Course #143.16243
Office of Second Language Acquisition Collects Universal Screening Measures for all LEP students
Translated Documents Available via a Search Engine
If you are currently looking for a translated form, you can easily search by language and/or category by going to the following link thanks to funding from the Future CLASS/Straigh A Fund: http://futureclassdocuments.com/#!/.
Included in this search engine, you will find Special Education paperwork, including PR-01, Planning Forms, Consent Forms, Referral for Evaluation, etc. in over multiple languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, French, Nepali, and Vietnamese. If you do use any of these documents for meetings, please download it from the above site and then upload it to Ed Plan. We are working on getting those forms into the EdPlan system, but until then, we can access them through this site.
Compliance Q & A
Question: May a foster parent provide consent for an initial evaluation even if the biological parent refuses to provide such consent?
Answer: If the biological parent of the child refuses consent for an initial evaluation of the child, and the parental rights of the biological parent have not been terminated in accordance with State law, or a court has not designated a foster parent to make such educational decisions for the child in accordance with State law, a foster parent may not provide consent for an initial evaluation. See 34 CFR 300.30(b)(1).
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Now that we are a month or so into the school year, you may have some questions or concerns about a student and think, "I wonder if OT or PT could help with this?"
Know that your therapists are always willing to help you problem solve and strategize for student success even if they don't have an IEP. Because of that, the OT/PT team has put together resources to help you in the initial phase of intervention. We hope that these tools will help you better serve your students and know when and how to get a therapist involved.
Assistive Technology and AAC
The Assistive Technology/ Augmentative and Alternative Communication Support Team
Julie Bassett, Assistive Technology Intervention Specialist
Welcome to the team, Sabrina McGill, AAC SLP!
What is the difference between AAC and Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is a broad term referring to assistive and adaptive devices and services that includes things like pencil grips, slant boards, and portable word processors. Assistive technology is anything that helps a student perform a task more easily, efficiently, or independently. In the age of Google, there are now many web based Assistive Technologies that can quickly and easily reduce the barrier between students and curriculum.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to methods of communicating that do not involve direct speech from an individual. These methods include gestures, facial expressions, writing, sign language, Morse code, communication aids (charts, informational bracelets, language boards), and electronic devices. AAC is only one component of AT.
Behavioral Consultation Team
Read & Write
Sessions on Read&Write for Google will be offered at the District PD days at the following locations:
September 21 @ Aiken
September 21 @ Walnut Hills
October 19 @ Woodward
October 19 @ Shroeder
The session is titled:
Instructional and Assistive Technology - Increase Access to the Curriculum Using Web-Based Supports
Make sure you have your CPS Google account all set up and that you bring a device that can run Google Chrome. We hope to see you there!
We have added a Transition Folder to the DSS Schoology site. You will find it by clicking on the Resources tab on the left side of your screen.
Inside you will find~1. Monthly 21st Century Curriculum lessons for students on Journey A
2. Tracking documents for Post-Secondary Transition Activities
3. Revised Post-Secondary Transition Plan for 7th through 12th graders
Check it out today!
Spotlight on Articulation/Speech Sound Production
Articulation is the basic communication area for which Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are most commonly known. Traditionally, articulation refers to speech sound production.
Red Flags for Articulation/Speech Sound Production & Things to Consider
*Student’s speech is very difficult to understand.
*Student’s speech is babyish or immature.
*Student often has to repeat or use gestures to be understood.
*Student’s peers make fun of the student for his/her speech.
*Student refuses to verbally participate in class.
*Certain sound errors are considered normal or “developmentally appropriate” given a student’s age. For example, a perfect “r” is not expected until approximately 8 years of age.
An SLP can conduct a screening to determine if further evaluation is needed. To receive school therapy, the articulation issue must have an adverse academic effect.
We will be offering another session for intervention specialists and co-teaching teams who teach English 9. A representative from Goalbook will again facilitate a full day of training on October 20, from 8:00 to 3:00, at Jacobs Center. Talk to your building principal if you are interested!
Intervention specialists who want to renew their access to Goalbook this year OR start using Goalbook for the first time must either attend training or participate in a webinar. Goalbook is offering one more webinar in September. Click on the link below for information and registration.
Be on the lookout for more webinars in October!
Contact Chrissy Reeves with any questions~
Progress Reports for Adopted IEPs
If you have a student for whom you adopt an IEP, you may need to use a blank progress report form until there is a new IEP in EdPlan.
Please keep in mind that this is ONLY for adopted IEPs. Once a student's IEP is written in EdPlan, you must use the Progress Report in EdPlan.
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
There is a new and improved website with more resources and a redesigned format that makes it much easier to use.
Sessions will be held at Mayerson Academy (registration will open soon):
10/13/16 4:15-6:15 pm
12/8/16 4:15-6:15 pm
2/9/17 4:15-6:15 pm
4/13/17 4:15-6:15 pm
The Who, the How, and the Why of SDI
Sessions will be held at Mayerson Academy (registration will open soon):
10/6/16 4:15-6:15 pm
11/30/16 4:15-6:15 pm
2/2/17 4:15-6:15 pm
3/16/17 4:15-6:15 pm
Webinar- One Way Teaching is the Wrong Way to Learning
One of the first things a teacher must do when considering how to teach students is to acknowledge that each student does not learn in the same way. Much of the material used to educate students at grade levels beyond primary school is largely text and lecture based, which have significant limitations and often have barriers to learning. While reading is a very important learning mode, not all students learn effectively from reading. In this webinar, participants will explore some of the barriers in learning content material.
Transition Coordinator Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 27th 2016 at 4-6pm
2650 Highland Avenue
Please register on the Mayerson Academy website