FSSD Special Education News

Doing what's right for our students - one child at a time

January 20, 2016

As I sit at home enjoying this SNOW DAY, I am finding myself dreaming of the beach - thus the beautiful background picture. Liz McConnell predicted we would have NO snow this year. Sorry, Liz, but I'm very glad you were wrong! I hope you have all taken some time for yourself on this SNOW DAY! Did you eat/drink something warm...take a nap...watch a movie? Spring Break will be here before we know it, and summer isn't far behind.


We are in full swing as we plan for next year. Please include me in your PLC meetings as you begin to talk about next year. I am more than willing to meet with your special ed team any time I can.


See all of the articles below, and enjoy the rest of this month! One day at a time...one student at a time...


Beth Herren

herreneli@fssd.org

615.794.6624 - FSSD Central Office

615.472-3722 - Direct office line

615.554.4999 - personal cell phone

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Thanks for the great PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT!!

A huge shout out to Mary Kate Boston, Anne Lineberger, Hanni Watson, Danette Cravens, Tatum Perry, Betsy Bagsby, Brandi Hayes and Whitney McAulay for leading professional development on January 5th. The reviews I have seen were phenomenal.
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*BEHAVIOR AND SENSORY STRATEGIES FOR THE HOME* Thanks to the PRESENTERS & VOLUNTEERS at the 1/19/16 PARENT MEETING AT FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

A huge shout out to the following for sharing their time on Tuesday night for the parent meeting. Thank you for your willingness to give our parents an hour of stress-free time to learn while knowing their children were safe and happy!


Hillary Chambers

Meg Morel

Taelor Anderson

Gwen Diamond

Venetia Henry

Megan Sarr

Lucinda West

Amy Kelly


Approximately 24 parents and 9 children attended the parent meeting last night at Franklin Elementary. The extreme cold and threat of snow may have kept some parents away, but the faithful were there. We have one parent who has attended all three meetings. Katie Menanno and Trisha Clark presented on Sensory and Behavior Strategies at Home. The presentation was excellent, and we hope to repeat it in May to give parents some additional strategies for summer.


The next special education parent meeting will be in late March or early April.

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The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt

Access this site for professional resources!


http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/
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Partners in Education Conference

We will have twenty-four special education representatives at the annual Partners in Education Conference (PIE Conference) - February 8-11, 2016 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. February 8 is the pre-conference focusing on RTI2-Behavior. The three days of the PIE Conference (2/9-2/11) will focus on instruction and best practices for all students. The first day of the conference is Monday, February 8. There is no charge for this day, and it focuses on RTI2-Behavior. If you wish to attend this free day, please check with your building level principal to make arrangements to attend. You may access the PIE Conference website at: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/partners-in-education

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*****SPECIAL EDUCATION REMINDERS*****

  • DO NOT - UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES - put services on an IEP without the appropriate professional in attendance.
  • Keep copies of the IEP draft with changes made during the meeting.
  • Upload your documents using PaperClip in EasyIEP - always and often.
  • Make sure all current teachers have signed the IEP - including related arts/special classes.
  • Do you need to provide a Prior Written Notice to the parents? PRIOR to implementing services or evaluations, we must give WRITTEN NOTICE! See the updated section of the manual on page 13.
  • Make sure your present levels are organized by AREA and not by ASSESSMENT - See pages 11-12 of the 2015 Updates (For example, put all Reading Fluency information together - assessments and narratives) When we organize by area, we can determine if the entire present level is exceptional.
  • FOLLOW THE BEHAVIOR PLAN! DOCUMENT THE DATA!!
  • Read your manual!
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WHEN A STUDENT WITH AN IEP IS ASSIGNED TO "IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION"

Make sure the student is receiving the IEP services - even when he/she is assigned to ISS. It is not a "change of placement," and the student needs to continue to receive all services on the IEP. Please document this data! We need to be able to PROVE the child received the necessary services.
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"HOW TO TAKE NOTES AT AN IEP MEETING"

We are working on a professional training for anyone taking notes for an IEP meeting. We have had a few recent meetings where the notes were a virtual "transcript" rather than a synopsis of the meeting. According to our attorney, notes with too many details may be more harmful to us than notes with too little detail. There is a happy medium. Until we finalize this training, please make sure the person taking the notes understands that a brief synopsis is the right way to record the meeting. And remember: THE CASE MANAGER SHOULD NOT BE THE PERSON TAKING THE MINUTES! More to come...

Cell Phone and Email Confidentiality

Remember: If a parent requests, all emails on our FSSD accounts are discoverable. Delete does not mean it is gone. Be careful what you say. All text messages are also discoverable - even on your personal phone. Do not share information about a student in text messages. Be smart!

Looks like we didn't have to suffer this fate this year:

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GUESS THE SNOW DAY UPDATE!

We had about 30 people participate in this contest. Drumroll, please.....the winners are:

BETSY BAGSBY & TATUM PERRY

Congratulations on your guessing accuracy! You will receive your "prize" as soon as I am able to get out of the neighborhood and figure out what to buy!

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often
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Important Upcoming Events

  • Internet Security parent meeting - Thursday, January 21 - 6:30 at FIS theatre
  • PIE Conference - February 8-11
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