KSD Special Services ~ May 2016

Pursuing Excellence Today for Tomorrow

Summer PD Flex Offerings through Regional Professional Development Council (RPDC)

There are some great PD opportunities through the RPDC for summer. These can also count towards PD Flex. A few of the opportunities include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Boot Camp for Special Education Teachers (great for teachers within first 3 years)
  • Secondary Transition

Enroll online! Obtain approval from Dr. Currey prior to enrolling - we will only send a few staff to the Dyslexia training, since Brenda Davis will be providing a more intensive training at Summer Institute.

Special Programs Site Council & Committee

Special Programs Site Council

All parents who signed up to participate on the Site Council have been notified whether they will be participating on the council or subcommittees. Our first council meeting will be in June. The purpose will be to gather their feedback on our program strengths and opportunities for growth, develop goals for the program, then to establish an action plan to move those goals into practice.

The committee members will help serve in a variety of capacities to help accomplish the goals of the council.

I'll keep you all posted on what's happening in the council as we move forward.

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Summer Institute

Recommended trainings

Curriculum PD

All special education teachers will need to attend a training on Fountas & Pinnell and ALEKS. We are working to have this available prior to school starting for Flex PD. More information coming soon!

Multisensory Reading Strategies (Dyslexia)

In addition, all K-5 resource teachers will need to attend a training on reading strategies based on the Orton Gillingham approach provided by Brenda Davis. This will be available during summer institute.

New 2016-2017 Staff!

Staffing Changes for 2016-2017

It's important that our sped team is aware of how I make decisions for staffing. Each year, I will review our incoming caseloads and determine what changes, if any, need to be made to best meet the needs of our students. Input is gathered from teachers, process coordinators and building principals prior to any decisions being made. As you can see below, there are a few "hot spots" identified in yellow for significant changes resulting in an increase or decrease in staff. While some administrators may base decisions on the number of students, my approach is based off of special education minutes both inside the classroom (CWC) and pull-out. We all know that students with disabilities vary greatly and their services vary, as well. Looking at caseloads by minutes is the most equitable way of providing support to our students.

We will be posting our new para position, as well as a few vacancies we have, later this month. Our hope is to have hiring completed by July 1.

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