(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)
November Greetings to All!
This edition offers extensive resources and information - it is our intention to offer as much as possible in light of the return to distance learning for all students. The newsletter is long with many links for assistive technology resources as well as trainings, online workshops, and the local support agencies. The updated 2020 Early On Resource Guide is included this month and available for you to download. See the "More Helpful Links and Resources" section. Also, here is a link provided by Oakland Schools for family resources: https://www.smore.com/03kcp-family-resources-remote-learning
Clarkston Community Schools District update from Superintendent Ryan 11/7/2020:
Clarkston Community Schools statement about Students with IEPs:
Superintendent Ryan has issued New COVID Health Screening & Reporting Guidelines:
Please see below how to access the comprehensive list of local resources and agencies to support you and your student. The link is listed below and appears again as a "button" towards the end of the newsletter.
RESOURCES SECTION: All of the resources previously listed as "buttons" in past newsletters have moved to the Student Support Services webpage on the CCS website. Click on the link below. Scroll down to the Parent Resources Section at the bottom of the page and they can be found in the "Useful Links" menu.
If you need further support or guidance beyond what is offered in this newsletter and links, please contact us anytime at mailto:email@example.com
Find the BOWL OF CRANBERRIES - then you have read everything!
CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE to access the materials from the Assistive Technology Training for Parents presentation from October 29th.
Great resources for each area of need. These resources may include: Google Extensions, Google Apps, Apple iPad/Android Apps, or websites.
"This collection of resources in intended to support families with maintaining structure, engagement and support during this time of remote learning."
For Understood's most recent expert chat - Kara Ball, NBCT discussed how to improve distance learning for students with disabilities. Kara offers a valuable perspective as a student—and now educator—with learning disabilities.
Check out these 3 recorded webinars for more information on establishing routines, expectations, and managing behavior at home.
This is a resource from our Clarkston Community Schools secondary level social workers.
Virtual Workshops from MI Alliance for Families
December 15 PAC Roles and Responsibilities with Sandee Koski, 6-7pm. Register
If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please notify MI Alliance for Families two weeks before the workshop.
CLICK Button above for comprehensive webpage with flyers and registration links to all upcoming events. All workshop webinars are recorded and available for later review on the MAF YouTube channel.
MORE HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
This is a public Google drive managed by Oakland Schools ISD. Click the button above to view folders on the following topics: government memos, transition, speech & language, school social work, school psychology, community programs, and MORE!
"It is with pleasure to share the updated Oakland Schools ISD Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services (OS ISD Plan). Modifications to the OS ISD Plan have been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)."
"Disability Rights MI (DRM) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Michigan."
"Figuring out what’s going on can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help. Introducing a simple step-by-step tool to help you figure out if the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning and thinking difference."
CLICK BUTTON ABOVE to access the list. Scroll to the bottom of the Student Support Services webpage, click on "Useful Links" under Parent Resources.
COVID RESOURCES (SHARED WITH US FROM MI ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES)
Recovery services are supplemental to the offer of FAPE and are in response to foregone learning that may have occurred as a result of closure during the pandemic and the potential additional impact of the loss for a student with an IEP. 7-7-2020
When determining whether recovery services are required, the IEP team must consider the actual impact of the extended school closure on the student’s ability to retain skills and make progress toward their IEP goals and in the general curriculum.6/20
Return to School Roadmap provides guidance to districts creating local plans for in-person and remote learning in the fall. The Roadmap safety protocols are divided into required, highly recommended, and recommended for each of the areas. 6-30-2020
Who Qualifies: All adults age 18 and over Children 4- to 17-years-old. Child must have symptoms of coronavirus and be a resident of or attend school in Oakland County. Appointment required. Call 1-800-848-5533
"Our nationally recognized panel held candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic." CLICK BUTTON ABOVE
" We’ll be providing updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and working from home. So keep checking back." MANY LINKS AND INFORMATION FEATURING MULTIPLE TOPICS ON THIS WEBPAGE.
WEBINARS AND PODCASTS
"Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI."
Click the button above to access: "Planning a More Secure Future" and "MI ABLE: Save Without Losing Benefits". Webinars are ideal for those planning a future for a student who may be a disabled adult and/or attending the post-high program.
"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators."
"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."
UNITED STATES OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
CLARKSTON PAC IS ON FACEBOOK
Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook
Action Calendar: New Ways November 2020
"Covid is restricting our lives, but we can find new ways to keep making progress. Trying out new things can actually boost our well-being. When we open up to new ideas, it helps us stay curious and engaged. It can also bring a sense of accomplishment and help to boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are so many ways to learn new things and this month we're encouraging everyone to find new and creative ways to overcome our frustrating situations."
For more keys to happier living, head over to the http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ website. NEW - Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".
Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-intelligent-lives/