LISD Special Education

Staff Newsletter September 2015

Welcome Back to School!

The first two weeks of the 15 -16 school year are almost behind us, and we already have many things to celebrate!


  • Overall, the students' transition back to school has been very smooth. I have observed many students pick right up where they left off at the end of the year, and I have also seen many smiles and hugs for special friends who were missed over the summer.
  • It has been amazing, but not surprising, to see the preparedness of each special education teacher and class. It is evident that teachers spent many summer hours getting ready for their students. Classrooms are welcoming, structured, visually pleasing, and full of engaging activities. Great job!
  • It seems our special education enrollment is up, and we have needed to make a few staffing adjustments. I appreciate your flexibility while these needs are being met.
  • We have structured classes this year to meet specific instructional needs of students, and I am encouraged by what I have seen so far. We have added two Structured Learning Classes at the elementary level, and divided the high school Lifeskills into the Functional Communication Class, the Functional Academic Class, the Functional Learning Class, and an Adaptive Behavior Class. For a more complete description about each of these classes, check out our updated webpage under LISD Special Programs. Also, at the high school, we are increasing the number of students in inclusion and moving toward a comprehensive co-teaching model which allows more students access to the general curriculum. The high school teachers, both general and special education, attended a co-teaching training on Monday, and I have received very positive feedback about the participation and great attitudes of the teachers.
  • Innovative ideas really set our program apart here in Lindale. Some teachers have approached me with the idea of sharing ideas and resources on Google. I will let you know when that is available for you to access.
  • Speaking of innovation ~ Most of you know that June, Alicia, and I won Milo the Robot in a drawing at the Center for Brain Health in Dallas at the end of last year. Milo is here, and the staff who will use him have received training and will soon be using him with their students. We are looking forward to using this technology to help our students with autism. I have attached a link below about Milo on CNN.
  • Thank you for your positive attitudes as we learn our new software system, Success Ed. I know you have already attended training and been practicing learning this system. I know it will be well worth the effort as we all become more proficient. This system will allow us to streamline our special education and 504 documentation, and it will also ensure that our plans are legally compliant and more clear. If you attended the summer training, your certificate has been sent to your campus.
  • We are also celebrating our new Special Education Connection group. This is a group of parents, staff members, community members, and students whose purpose is to support and celebrate students and staff. Anyone can join this group, and we are planning lots of special events. (see below)

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Special Education All Staff Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 9th 2015 at 3:30-4:15pm

HS Lecture Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Special Education Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd 2015 at 6-6:45pm

HS Lecture Room

Medicaid and X Logs

We will continue using X Logs to document our Medicaid billable services. We greatly increased our Medicaid reimbursement last year. Thank you so much for your hard work completing the necessary documentation. Our MSB client care representative, Bobbi Kramer, will be here on September 24 to provide our annual training regarding documentation of services. If you are required to complete this documentation, you will receive an email with more information.

X LOG TRAINING

Thursday, Sep. 24th 2015 at 9am

JH Computer Lab

Schedule of Training

9:00-Diagnosticians

10:00-Related Service Providers

1:00-Transportation

2:00-Nurses

3:15-4:45-Personal Care ( Lifeskills Teachers, Paraprofessionals)

Welcome to Lindale, Milo!

Robots help in fight against autism
Have a great year!

Christy