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SMSD SPED Newsletter 2015 Winter Edition
January 5th-March 1, 2016 Instructionally Embedded Assessments Window Continues
March 16-April 28th, 2016 Mandatory Spring Testing Window**Check the DLM Google Classroom for updates and helpful resources**
Web-Resources to differentiate Content: multiple means of representation
Shmoop is a digital publishing company that presents academic content in humorous ways. From mathematics to literature to test preparation, Shmoop provides information in ways that students find accessible. Most of the literature included in the site has a video overview of the book on its first page. In addition, each work is summarized in student friendly vernacular.
Click here: shmoop to access the website.
Universal Design for Learning information can be found using the link below:
When talking to a colleague about a student or his family, apply these four tests to see if the discussion may be violating the student’s confidentiality rights:
1. Where is the discussion taking place?
2. Who is engaged in the discussion?
3. What exactly is being discussed?
4. Why is the discussion taking place?
ALWAYS ask yourself, “Am I being a professional or a gossip?” Treat all students as if they are your own. Share this reminder with your colleagues.
Early Childhood to Kindergarten Transition
Transition Catalog Courses- Spring 2016
Each course is held from 4:00-5:00 pm at Indian Creek Technology Center
The Transition Aged IEP- 2/10/16 Room 109
Overview of Transition Page of the IEP. Learn about writing transition pages that are not only compliant but quality.
Transition Assessment- 3/9/16 Room 114
The who, what, where, why and how of transition assessments. High quality transition planning creates better outcomes for students. Learn about transition assessment and resources for developing strong transition plans.
Developing Self-Determination Skills in Students with Disabilities-
4/13/16 Room 114
Student-directed planning and self-determination lead to better outcomes for our students. Learn about ways to develop students’ self-determination skills. We will be examining easy to use resources that can be implemented in your classroom.
Working with Families in Transition Planning- 5/11/16 Room 114
Families make a difference! Learn about working with families and developing family connections so our students experience an increased chance for success upon graduating from our services.
Differentiated Instruction Catalog Courses- Spring 2016
Thursday 3/24/16 4:00-6:00 PM
Indian Creek Classroom A
We will be discussing strategies for differentiating instruction for students. We will be focusing on differentiating content, process, product and the learning environment. Each attendee will receive a copy of the Differentiated Instruction book by Richard Villa.
Financial & Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs
Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6:30-7:30pm
4401 West 103rd Street
Presented by Scott Adams, Special Needs Planning Center
no charge to attend this Parent Resource Center presentation
On Monday, November 23rd, students in Angela Holtgraves’ class opened their West Way Shop to sell donated Tippin’s pies and host a Tippin’s Pie Day. PBIS staff worked with Chef J.J. Mirabile of Jasper’s Restaurant and Mark Boyer, Tippin’s President, to get over 230 pies donated for the sale. The West Way Shop provides students with special needs the opportunity to practice job and life skills. The shop also offers SM West students a chance to spend tokens earned through the school’s PBIS program. Through this community partnership, SM West students were able to purchase pies at the store in time for Thanksgiving. The PBIS team worked together to make this event happen and they hope to have it again next year!
Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats: Sensory Based Approach to Communication and Assistive Technology, published in 2007.
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services
SMSD Special Education
Indian Creek Technology Center
Jackie Chatman, Director
Debbie Lair, Programming Coordinator
Maureen Markland, Elementary Services Coordinator
Anjanette Tolman, Elementary Services Coordinator
Sherry Dumolien, Secondary Services Coordinator
Courtney Weber, Secondary Services Associate Coordinator