NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

July 2016

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction

Office of Early Learning

July's Quote


-Dr. Seuss


Student Pictures Submitted by NC ELSSP-VI Staff

Professional Development Submitted by Lin Causey

Convocation Information Submitted by Bethany Mayo

Night at the Museum Submitted by Bethany Mayo

Staff Birthdays

Student Spotlight Submitted by Lori Bartram

Professional Development Opportunities

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OEL's Summer Institutes titled "Effective Teaching Practices Supporting the NC Foundations of Early Learning and Development- Emotional-Social Standards"

Foundations Train the Trainer Summer 2016 PD (Modules 1-11) (Greensboro, NC)

July 11, 2016 - July 14, 2016


Free Continuing Professional Development Opportunities (revised April 2016)


EC Summer Institute: Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment -2 (TPBA-2) Training (Introductory)

Dates: July 25, 2016 - July 27, 2016

Location: UNC-Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

This three-day session provides a complete overview of the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment System; designed for teams who are new to the TPBA process, interested in forming an assessment team or new team members joining existing TPBA teams. The registration information can be found here:

Convocation Information

Time is drawing near! It will soon be time to join together once again for our annual Opening Convocation. This year we are offering an optional Pre Conference Session for anyone who would like to attend. Please see the agenda below.

August 9th, 8:30-4:30 pm: Pre Conference for ELSSP-VI (Optional) at the Governor Morehead School. 301 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC. More information to be shared at a later date. Please contact Bethany Mayo for additional information.

August 10th, 8:30-4:30 pm: Day 1 of Opening Convocation for all ELSSP (Mandatory) at Department of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC. Room 150.

August 11th, 8:30-4:30 pm: Day 2 of Opening Convocation for all ELSSP (Mandatory) at Department of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC.

ELSSP-VI: Room 150

ELSSP-HI State Board Room 7th Floor

Night at the Museum

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be hosting a “special night for special needs” on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm. Our Nature Exploration Center (11 West Jones Street) will be open late to provide a welcoming low-sensory evening for visitors and families of all ages with special needs.

Date: August, 11, 2016

Time: Event runs from 5:30-8:00.

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences’: Nature Exploration Center (older of our two downtown Raleigh buildings) – 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

July Staff Birthdays

July 3rd Bonnie Galarde

July 6th Becky Lowrey

July 25th Shonda Page

July's Joyous Student of the Month...Georgia

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Meet Georgia, a precious almost 2 year old toddler that is deeply loved by her family and therapists that work with her! She has Jouberts Syndrome, and although this can be a devastating prognosis, Georgia has made great strides in the past year and continues to defy the odds to the delight of all of us working on her team. She is a former student of Becky Lowrey and I have had the privilege of working with her since March. Shonda Page is her OT and we both marvel at how well this beauty is doing! She LOVES books and has the attention span unlike any other toddler for her age! We are all SO proud of her!

-Lori Bartram

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