The Weekly MeSSSage
This Week's Table of Contents
- PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT FLYER – 4/26
- UPCOMING TRAININGS
- APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!!
- COMPLETING NARRATIVES AND LANGUAGE SAMPLES AS PART OF YOUR SPEECH-LANGUAGE EVALUATION FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
- SUMMER THERAPISTS
- ASHA- PROPOSED CHANGES IN CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
- 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ELA SCHEDULES OF SERVICE – ADDRESSING THE DOUBLE BLOCK
- REVISION CLASS ASSIGNMENT WORKSHEET (CAW) FORM
- AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK 4 - ONLINE TRAINING ON AUTISM FROM REGION 13
- ESY STUDENT INFORMATION REQUEST
From Jerry Walker, Director of Programs and Instruction
Parent Ed Night Flyer – 4/26
Please see the attached document regarding the next Parent Education night on April 26. Please share, distribute, and communicate with your community.
From Mary Duston, Coordinator of SLPs
APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!!
Please let me know how you are creating awareness on your campus! Light it up blue!
COMPLETING NARRATIVES AND LANGUAGE SAMPLES AS PART OF YOUR SPEECH-LANGUAGE EVALUATION FROM THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
These webinars provide excellent guidance on narratives and taking language samples. This website was suggested by JoAnn Wiechmann at TSHA! Dynamic narratives and language samples should be included in every speech-language evaluation.
If you are planning on providing therapy over the summer please fill out this google form. Once everyone has had a chance to fill it out, we will distribute a list. Please remember that you may not see kids for therapy that you currently work with or that attend a campus that you support.
ASHA- PROPOSED CHANGES IN CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
The ASHA Council for Clinical Certification has announced proposed changes in certification requirements. The proposed revisions add additional qualifications for certificate holders who serve as clinical supervisors and clinical fellowship mentors, and would require all certificate holders to complete one Certification Maintenance Hour in Ethics during their certification maintenance interval.
The CFCC invites feedback about all proposed changes. They have created a survey monkey form to provide that feedback and members have until May 15th to do so. The link is SLP Certification Peer Review Survey.
From Vicky Templeton, DP Program Specialist
From the Area Coordinators (Karey, Patty, Kathy, and Keya)
7TH AND 8TH GRADE ELA SCHEDULES OF SERVICE – ADDRESSING THE DOUBLE BLOCK
We have official confirmation that all 7th grade and 8th grade ELA classes will be in a protected block format for all of RISD by creating an 8th class period in the day. With the change on the gen Ed side, we want to work to align our resource classes with gen Ed.
What that means for the schedule of services:
· For students in a resource setting for ELA in junior high, the Schedule of Services page needs to have 400 minutes of English Language Arts in the special education setting.
o If there was conversation in the IEP regarding the possible change in block scheduling, this can be updated with an AAA.
· Students with ICTS should continue with the support identified by the ARD committee.
· If you have any questions, please contact your area coordinator.
REVISION CLASS ASSIGNMENT WORKSHEET (CAW) FORM
For students in grades 6-11, if you are holding ARDs and their schedule changes from what was sent in on your Class Assignment Worksheets, you will need to submit a Revision CAW. Please note, if you hold an ARD and the schedule projections stay the same, you do not need to send in a new CAW. If you need to submit a CAW revision, please use this link here.
AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK 4 - ONLINE TRAINING ON AUTISM FROM REGION 13
Attached you will find a flyer with information on online trainings available through Region 13.
ESY STUDENT INFORMATION REQUEST
If you have a student(s) in which an ARD has decided they qualify for ESY services OR you are projecting an ARD will decide ESY, please go this google link and complete ALL requested information. This is due by Wednesday, April 27th. Contact your area coordinator if you need any help with projections.
SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION HANDBOOK FROM TEA
Here is a link to the Region 20 website for the Specially Designed Instruction handbook.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines specially designed instruction as adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible child, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction;
· to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child’s disability; and
· to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.
Specially designed instruction is the instruction provided to a student with a disability who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in order to help him/her master IEP goals. Specially designed instruction is not a part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) or Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act processes, but is specific to a student who qualifies for special education services in order to help him/her master IEP goals/objectives and ensure access to and progress in the general curriculum.