Super Specialist Update

May 2015

Dyslexia, ESL, LIFE, STACC, IST, Resource, GT, Speech, Diagnostician, & Counselor

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!Colorin Colorado! Resources


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On May 14th Alliance for Children will be at our school to provide a prevention and personal safety activities for the student’s at Ridgeview.

NetSmartz is an interactive, educational safety resource, developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, that teaches children and teens how to stay safe on the Internet.

P.S. It’s My Body! is an innovative, practical safety series designed to teach and reinforce the three R’s of personal safety: Recognizing, Resisting, and Reporting.

I encourage you to visit the Alliance for Children’s website at

Child abuse and child sexual abuse especially can be a touchy subjects, however, it is not something that you we should avoid talking about. Look at my statistics below. What implications does this have on your classroom? According to these statistics about 2 students in your classroom will be victims of abuse before they turn 18. Yes we live in a higher income area in general but Tarrant county is number 1 in child abuse cases. More than Houston and San Antonio! On paper we shouldn’t with a lower poverty rate, more home ownership, higher graduation rate, but the fact is that Tarrant County has higher confirmed cases of child abuse than the national average and Dallas County.

I recently received training from Stewards of Children and the statistics are staggering.

· 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

· 90% of children who as victims of sexual abuse KNOW their abuser.

· 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.

· 60% of children who are sexually abused are abused by people the family trusts.

· 40% of children who are sexually abused are abused by older, more powerful children.

· Tarrant County is number 1 in child abuse in the state of Texas!

Look for the schedule to come out soon. This isn’t just another “thing.” It really is important!!

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We have been working on creating extensions for you to use. We have grouped them by grade and subject. It is a work in progress, so new things will be added all the time. If you have anything you would like to share, that you do in your room, we would love to add it. Hopefully, this will be a big help to all of you.

Here is the link: (or click on the button below)

GT Summer Institute

Just wanted to pass on to you that the GT summer institute is in Eduphoria- yes you heard it right Eduphoria!!! Yay! I wanted to let you know as soon as possible, because class sizes will be limited. There will be some amazing speakers.
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GT Testing window & Article

The GT testing window is May 8th-May 22nd. If you have any questions about a student or the process, we are happy to help. We appreciate your flexibility as we pull the students for testing. We couldn’t do this without you!

Here is a great article on Perfectionism: (link to article below). It may look lengthy, but it isn’t (lots of comments toward the last half of the page). Number four on the list really was an eye opener. Hope you get something from the article that speaks to you!


As far as Dyslexia News, the EOY testing window will be May 18th. Here are the slides from the faculty meeting that shows the clues to Dyslexia. If you have any concerns regarding some of your students as you complete EOY TPRIs and A-Z reading levels , please as always let me know. I am here to help!

I also wanted to let you know that KISD is now offer a specific Summer School for Dyslexic students. Please see the information below. If anyone has any questions please direct them to me.

Keller ISD is excited to announce an opportunity for dyslexia MTA instruction during the summer for students entering grades 1-8. June 8-25 and July 6-23 (one session) excluding the KISD shut down days for the 4th of July Holiday. That is the equivalent of almost a 1/2 year of instruction during the school year for the price of 4 private lessons

Instruction will take place at Timberview Middle School for one hour and forty-five minutes per student in their appropriate MTA kit. Families must provide their own transportation. Monday-Thursday only.

The registration fee is $200.00 at the KISD Webstore, and may be paid online or in person at the KISD Administration Building (350 Keller Pkwy). Students who receive free or reduced lunch may qualify for discounted fees. Registration must be completed by May 20th. No refunds after June 6. Please call if you need more information 817-744-1048 or email Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind at


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