Special Education Connection

Community Learning Network #2

Happy New Year!

Special Educators,

Greetings! My name is Jalima Alicea for those I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet. I will be your support this year for instruction as it relates to students with special needs.

Starting this month, you will receive a monthly newsletter with reminders for case management responsibilities, upcoming professional development, and information regarding effective strategies for instruction.

As we progress throughout the year, we will also be sharing best practices within our community and highlights from many of our schools, classrooms, teachers and students. The goal is to support access and student achievement for students with special needs who are diploma track toward their grade level content.

This year, the Educational Specialist with IEP Development and Implementation will be providing support with all compliance related support and questions to IEP Chairs. Donna White, previous Educational Specialist for CLN#2 has taken a new position. During this transition, Lois M Laughlin will be the contact in place of Ms. White. Please contact her with any compliance related needs. lmclaughlin@bcps.k12.md.us

I look forward to working with you all this year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. jsmiley@bcps.k12.md.us

-Jalima Alicea, SEL

Special Education Updates

  • All amendments require approval from Educational Specialist – please email when you need to make an amendment and wait for a response as to approval/next steps.
  • PARCC – Reminder for students with verbatim reading – Appendix D needs to be uploaded in MDOIEP for students with this accommodation – please pay special attention to those students in 3rd grade.

Specialized Instruction

Do the Math is a research-based intervention program that helps students develop a love of math while building numerical reasoning, fluency, and problem-solving skills. Based on the PARCC Accommodations Manual, students receiving a calculator as an accommodation should receive a math intervention. (See link below)

Additionally, according to the PARCC Accommodations Manual, students receiving verbatim reading as an accommodation should have access to a research-based reading intervention such as Corrective Reading, S.P.I.R.E., or L.L.I.

Not only do these interventions assist teachers in providing specialized instruction to students with disabilities, but they also are an excellent data source to use in creating present levels and in demonstrating student progress in both reading and mathematics.

If you need support with training or implementation, please contact Jalima Alicea at jsmiley@bcps.k12.md.us


The link below is a great resource for math activities for collaborative and independent practice! These activities could be used for center activities to target student's areas of need as well as IEP goals and objectives.


  • Special Education teachers who do not have their own class in SMS are able to create Instructional Groups in I-Ready. This will allow you to have access to all students on your caseload for instructional & data analysis purposes. Please refer to the Teacher Resources Guide in I-Ready in the Resources tab. If you have any difficulty, please contact Jalima Alicea.

Upcoming Professional Development

Agile Mind

Do you need strategies to help with implementing or enhancing student engagement with Agile Mind in your classroom?

If so, then join us for Agile Mind training. During the training you will gain knowledge on how to plan and deliver the Agile Mind lessons.

When: Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Where: PDC (2500 East Northern Parkway)

Room: 110

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

4-5pm Teachers will:

· understand the structure and purpose of Agile Mind program, including instructional content, assessments, data reports, and planning resources (this is a review from the November session)

5-7pm – Teachers will:

· develop fluency in planning and delivering instruction using embedded professional resources, in particular the Advice for Instruction.

· build a taxonomy of instructional practices that will support student engagement and conceptual understanding in an Agile Mind classroom.

This training is limited to the first 30 participants that register. Please register by January 8th 2016 by completing the following survey: Agile Mind Registration

If you have any questions contact Beth Sappe in the Office of Teaching and Learning at basappe@bcps.k12.md.us

This PD is voluntary. No AU's or stipends are available for this training.

AU Course Offering: Teaching Literacy in Multiple Grade Levels Service Delivery Models

Course Summary: Special Educators (resource and/or self-contained) will participate in DDIT professional development and activities in order to develop and implement collaborative lessons, modified instruction, and district interventions. Teachers will institute a modified Literacy instructional model. This model encompasses the Literacy Lesson Sets that will address multiple grade level service delivery models and specialized instruction; in order to guide small group instruction and intervention centers that will maximize the limited teacher directed instructional time.

*You must register for this course via PGS. Registration closes January 28th.*

East Side Location: TBD
Dates: 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/8, 3/22
Time: 3:00 to 6:00

West Side Location: #150 Mary Ann Winterling, 220 N. Bentalou Street
Dates: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24
Time: 3:00 to 6:00

Do the Math Training

Special Educators who have never had Do the Math intervention training, will have an opportunity to learn about the different components of the program in addition to strategies for effective implementation.

Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/PBg2LfO2wJ