September 2015 (Volume 5 Number 1)
New Staff Members
- Elizabeth Porter - Goshen Creek / Special Education Teacher
- Christy Easterwood - Reno / Instructional Assistant
- Dara Pyle - SES / Instructional Assistant
- Nancy Sewell - SIS / Instructional Assistant
- Branden Baker - SMS / Instructional Assistant
- Christina Tidwell - SMS / Instructional Assistant
- Dawn Briggs - SHS / Instructional Assistant
- Justin Trahan - SHS / Special Education Teacher
- Amanda Lambright - Bluebonnet Co-op / VI Teacher
2015 Special Education Performance on STAAR
ChalkTalk: Strategies to Improve Challenging Behaviors
This video reviews proven strategies to foster academic and behavioral success for students presenting severe behaviors.
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Developing Goals That Are Aligned to State Standards and Student Focused
Monday, Oct. 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm
301 E 5th St
All Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Special Education Counselors, Diagnosticians and LSSP are required to attend. Related Service providers are invited to attend as well.
This is a follow up to the PLAAFP training conducted last October. Participants will take the information learned about developing Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance and use the PLAAFP to develop IEP goals.
PLAAFP Training for New Teachers
Tuesday ,October 13, 2015 8:30 - 3:30
Central Services Boardroom
Inventory Requirements and Budget Changes
Amanda Bailey will be contacting all special education teachers to conduct an onsite physical inventory of materials purchased with federal funds. You will receive a listing of your inventory. Once all items have been located, Amanda will arrange to visit your classroom to physically verify items. At this time, any items not in use may be returned to the special education office.
Due to minimal increases (if any increase) in federal funds and increasing fixed costs (payroll, contracted services, products licenses, testing materials, etc.), special education teachers will not receive a budget from to special education department in the 2015-2016 school year. The special education department will continue to supply gloves, changing pads and other unique items to meet the everyday needs of students with disabilities. All federal special education funds are supplemental which means they can only be used to purchase materials that are unique to special education and not provided to all students.
Progress Reporting Information
Reminder for Administrators
If a parent or legal guardian makes a written request to the District's director of special education services or to a District administrative employee for a full individual and initial evaluation of a student, the District shall, not later than the 15th school day after the date the District receives the request:
1. Provide an opportunity for the parent or legal guardian to give written consent for the evaluation; or
2. Refuse to provide the evaluation and provide the parent or legal guardian with notice of procedural safeguards under 20 U.S.C. Section 1415(b).