The Elementary IDSS News

Issue #11, February 1st, 2019

The following is a true quote from. . . . .

. . . . . the son of a Lakeville teacher: "Reading is hard. It's like watching a movie with subtitles, but without the movie."
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Strategies and Tools You Can Use - Dry Erase Place Holders

Here's a clever idea that I saw a Lakeville Special Education teacher using. These circles serve several purposes. First, it keeps students out of each other's personal space and reduces management issues. Secondly, students can write right on them with a dry erase marker. She found a set of 8 on Amazon for $12 under the name Dry Erase Circles.
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TDE Checklist - Are you on track?


  • Have you signed up for the 2nd peer observation with your Instructional Coach? Years 1 and 2 only

  • Have you watched your 2nd peer? Benchmark demo lessons counted for ONE. Years 1 and 2 only.

A good place to be - record what learning objectives and/or standards drive your PLC discussions, describe interventions that you are going to use and have started your professional development reflection.

News you Need - Changes in Relicensure

EML has very good news! We have received confirmation from the MDE that to satisfy the "reflective statement" requirement for re-licensure, our members only need to submit their TDE e-folio to the Continuing Ed. committee and that will be sufficient to satisfy the requirement!

It has been determined that the reflective quality demonstrated in the Lakeville efolio clearly meets the statutory requirements and intent. This is exactly what the local committee intended in the design. No more need to cut and paste, just submit. More information on how to submit will follow.

Please note: There is a "New" requirement that will be effective for anyone renewing for July 1, 2020 and later (not required for those renewing in 2019), It is

"Cultural Competency". This training is defined as:

A program that promotes self-reflection and discussion including but not limited to all of the following topics: racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups; American Indian and Alaskan native students; religion; systemic racism; gender identity, including transgender students; sexual orientation; language diversity; and individuals with disabilities and mental health concerns.

Training programs must be designed to deepen teachers' understanding of their own frames of reference, the potential bias in these frames, and their impact on expectations for and relationships with students' families and the school communities.

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Please let us know how we can help you and your students.

Bethany - IAOLE & CVE

Janet - OHE & EVE

Michelle - LME & LVE

Bob - CHE & JFK