September 23, 2019. WLWV Student Services. We Got This!
Leading for All: Improvement Goals for 2019-20
This year, in alignment with the format and process each school building has used for goals and work plan, we developed goals in the following areas:
- All students leading their own learning, with all students served by special education or meaningfully involved in their IEP meeting
- All educators in the district develop an understanding of how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help bring the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning accessible for all students
- All co-teaching and co-planning partnerships use UDL as a structure for collaboration
- Advance implementation of the WWEA/WLWV Partnership North Star Recommendations around positive school culture and behavior support.
One highlight was thinking together about the importance of reaching our goal of 100% of students having meaning involvement in their IEPs. In the film “Intelligent Lives”, we clearly saw the importance of students’ self-determination in their education and the importance of student involvement tin the IEP process. This has been our goal for 8 years...and this could be the year we REACH this goal! Check out the “I’m Determined” website link below to find important resources to help us reach this goal.
WLHS Senior Micah Molden shares his insights about the IEP process. “This fall, I spent a week creating a presentation for my IEP. I felt prepared and it really felt like my meeting. In the past, I didn’t really like going to my IEPs because it was a bunch of adults talking about me. This year, I was leading the meeting and it was important to be part of it.”
Analyzing Data from Different Stakeholders
Learning Specialist Katie Canales and WLHS Senior Devo Bogle analyzed data from a recent survey of parents of students who receive special education services. “I’m wondering how we can get more parents to share their ideas,” was a question Devo raised.
Here educators from early childhood, primary, middle, and high schools are thinking together around how UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles can help us get more specific in co-planning rigorous learning experiences for all students.
Analyzing Data from Different Stakeholders
Understanding Anxiety: School Counselors & Social Workers Collaborate on this Topic
- It is occurring a lot and particularly with situations that don’t seem to warrant it
- Feels very intense
- Is upsetting or causing distress
- Is keeping someone from doing things they want to do
Social workers Sarah Hiatt and Brittany Bucholz shared an overview of the parent education nights they provide, including Anxiety 101, Anxiety 102, and Creating Calm, Connection and Resilience for Our Children. These nights have been an important way of partnering with parents to better support children. (Note: Stafford Primary is hosting Creating Calm, Connection and Resilience for Our Children on Thursday, Sept. 26th from 6:00-7:30.)
School Counselors used a World Cafe to then dig into scenarios, case studies, and specific questions about best ways to support students who are struggling with anxiety. On exit tickets, counselors really valued this time to dig into this topic in differentiated learning groups.
Looking for some resources on the subject? Check with your School Counselor or Social Worker, or check out this website: https://anxietycanada.com/learn-about-anxiety/anxiety-in-youth/
Quote of the week: “How we talk about kids is a reflection of how we think about kids and how we think about kids determines how we work with kids.” —Zach Deets
Resources to Learn More About Supporting Student Behavior
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ParaEducator Professional Development Workshops
We are excited to offer professional learning opportunities for Paraeducators on Professional Growth Wednesdays again this year.
As with previous years, these workshops are intended to supplement the professional learning that principals and teacher teams are leading in schools. Paraeducators (PE's) should check with their principals and SPED teams to determine the best plan for their time on Professional Growth Wednesdays. Sometimes it may be best for PE's to stay in their school for building-level professional learning. Other times it may makes sense for them to come to the District Office for broader professional learning opportunities.
This month's workshop will focus on:
- The role of a paraeducator in an inclusive classroom
- Introduction to the Paraeducator Handbook
- Promoting Independence
- Levels of Prompting
- Peer Supports
- (Much of the content will be similar to the New Paraeducator Orientation from August)
This month's workshop will be from 12:30-2:30, so it will be geared toward Primary School.
See the schedule below for Paraeducator Workshops for Primary, Middle and High levels. Many of the topics we discuss will be similar across all levels. So it would be fine for a paraeducator to come to a session that is aimed at another level. In particular, Art Tech/Adult Transition PE's are welcome to come to the 2:00-4:00 sessions because that would work better for their schedule.
September 25 - 12:30-2:30 - Primary focus
October 23 - 1:30-3:30 - HS focus
December 4 - 2:00-4:00 - MS focus
January 15 - 12:30-2:30 - Primary focus
February 5 - 1:30-3:30 - HS focus
March 18 - 12:30-2:30 - Primary focus
April 22 - 2:00-4:00 - MS focus
May 13 - 1:30-3:30 - HS focus
All of these workshops are scheduled for the District Office Board Room
These workshops are open to all paraeducators, not just those funded through student services. I don't have an email group for PE's who are not funded by student services. Principals, can you please pass this information on to your general ed funded paraeducators.