The Scoop

LISD Special Education

A word from....Dr. Kathy Talbert, Executive Director

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is here!!! This Spring was an incredibly busy time with all the Targeted Improvement Plan (TIP) activities for the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS).

Our goal is to have 90% alignment with IEPs, learning standards, state assessments, and Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) by June 2016. To accomplish this goal, we conducted over twenty 4-hour workshops to guide campus staff on alignment of SDI based on student needs and ARD recommendations. Additionally, the Special Ed Directors conducted a total of 1773 campus audits on alignment between SDI and student data.

Based on audit results as of March 31st, we are now at 71% “clearly aligned” compared to 31% “clearly aligned” on January 31st. To meet our June 2016 goal of 90% “clearly aligned”, we encourage campuses to continue to have ARDs and PACs to make sure there is alignment between student data, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and supports and services.

To reduce the disproportionality rates of students with disabilities sent to ISS, OSS, and DAEP, all campuses were required to designate a Campus Behavior Coordinator and Behavior Resource Support teacher to receive additional training on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We also added Behavior and Academic Support Environment (BASE) as part of our continuum of services as a redirection model that incorporates PBIS and research based practices with a focus on social skills instruction.

We developed a Frequently Asked Questions document on Specially Designed Instruction and Behavior & Academic Support Environment (BASE). Here is the link to the Q & A:

I am offering 2 opportunities for conversations on our TIP activities for the Special Education Department:

May 26th at 11:00-12:00 in the small gym;

May 26th at 3:00-4:00 in the small gym

I hope to see you then!

Lastly, I want to express my deep appreciation for all your hard work this Spring! As of this month, we served 5,748 students with disabilities. Let’s finish strong and keep our focus on making a difference in the lives of students!!!

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Conversation with Dr. Rogers

Dear Staff,

Please find the invitation below to hear directly from Dr. Rogers. You will be able to have face time with him, hear about topics he is focusing on, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. I encourage you to attend one of the sessions below.

Register for one of the following sessions on May 24

Conversation with Dr. Rogers 7:30am – 8:30am

Conversation with Dr. Rogers 9:30am – 10:30am

Conversation with Dr. Rogers 11:30am – 12:30pm

Conversation with Dr. Rogers 3:30pm – 4:30pm

LISD Cornerstones

More information on the LISD Cornerstones will be coming at at District Convocation on Monday, August 15th at University of North Texas in the Coliseum from 2:00-4:00. EVERY employee in the District will attend this spectacular event. Start making plans now on carpooling to Denton. In the morning of August 15th, we will have our Department Welcome Back meeting, and we will release you in plenty of time to have lunch and travel to UNT. The Coliseum doors will open at 1:15. Look for more details in our back-to-school email in August.
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Important Dates and Celebrations!

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Come join us for the end of year celebration from 5:00-8:00 at Purnell Support Center

5:00-6:00 Party and Games

6:00-7:00 Dinner and Visit

7:00-8:00 Visit and Clean Up

Dress: Hawaiian shirts and flip flops required!

Please RSVP by May 25th

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Starting Monday May 23rd to the end of the year pay $2.00 per day to wear

JEANS to work! Please turn your money into Rosie.

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Summer Learning

August 2016 Required Curriculum Professional Learning--Sign up for one of the following four trainings:

August 12, 2016 - SPED: Status of Special Education...Moving in the Right Direction

June 8, 2016 - SPED: Status of Special Education...Moving in the Right Direction (August Trade) NOTE: While this session shows full in Eduphoria, it is open for our itinerant staff. Please email Dr. Davison or Teri Van Strien directly if you want to sign up for this August Trade Day session.

July 7, 2016 - SPED: Status of Special Education...Moving in the Right Direction (August Trade)

August 4, 2016 - SPED: Status of Special Education...Moving in the Right Direction (August Trade)

All professionals and paraprofessionals must sign up for August 15, 2016 - SPED: Monday SPED Personnel Professional Learning

All professionals must sign up for August 16, 2016 - SPED: Tuesday SPED Personnel Professional Learning

All professionals must sign up for August 17, 2016 - SPED: Wednesday SPED Personnel Professional Learning

Paraprofessionals should sign up for one of the following CPI Trainings on August 12th:

SPED: Paraprofessionals Only – CPI Full Course @ Central

SPED: Paraprofessionals Only – CPI Refresher Course - AM @ Harmon

SPED: Paraprofessionals Only – CPI Refresher Course - PM @ Harmon

SPED: Paraprofessionals Only – CPI Refresher Course – AM @ PSC

SPED: Paraprofessionals Only – CPI Refresher Course – PM @ PSC

Professional Learning Communities

Next year, 2016-2017, we will be doing our Professional Learning Communities a little differently than in the past. All PLCs will be within the discipline and the Director overseeing the discipline will be providing any necessary guidance and oversight.

As you’re planning your PLCs, think about how you can present your information to different audiences within our district (Gen Ed teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals and other SPED Itinerant staff) at in-district professional learning days or summer trade days.

Purpose of the PLC: To improve student learning through the support of the LISD SPED Targeted Improvement Plan (improving STAAR scores and reducing over-representation of SPED students in disciplinary placements) and the provision of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI). Group size: No more than 8 people in each PLC.

Please email Dr. Lisa Davison if you have any questions.

High School

School Day: 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Office: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Early Release: 11:45 a.m.

Middle School

School Day: 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Office: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Early Release: 12:45 p.m.

Elementary School

School Day: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Office: 7:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Early Release: 12:15 p.m.

Department Happenings.................

1st Place Braille Challenge!

This March LISD had one student participate in the Braille Challenge in Fort Worth!! The Braille Challenge is an academic competition unlike any other. This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Austin Serrano second grader at Coyote Ridge Elementary came in first place in the Apprentice Division, and second place overall. Austin will be invited to participate in the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles California after placing 8th in the Nation Competition! Congratulations Austin!
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Cain Sczepanski Special Education Award of Excellence!

The Cain Sczepanski Foundation in Special Education was created in 2011. Cain Sczepanski lived for 24 years with Down syndrome and congenital heart defects. Cain died in March of 2011 of a heart attack. For 18 years, Cain was guided by dedicated LISD teachers and paraprofessional staff. The Cain Sczepanski Foundation in Special Education created the Award of Excellence to recognize the classroom excellence of LISD Special Education teachers or paraprofessionals. Mr. Miller and Mr. Jimenez, both FOF Teachers, are this year's winners, through nominations of their peers.
Receiving rewards of $500 each during an surprise awards presentation ceremony at PSC, orchestrated by LEF and the Sczepanski family.
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Dr. Paula Walker Special Education Fellowship

LEF, Lewisville ISD and Special Education Department is proud to announce Mariya Davis, LISD Diagnostician, the recipient of the Dr. Paula Walker Fellowship that was established last school year to honor her years of service to LISD and retirement. This $500 fellowship can be awarded to any special education staff member to further his/her education in the area of Special Education.
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Thank you for another successful PLC Day! A lot of great learning happened! We are looking for groups who want to present and share there information.
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FOF / Project Search

Work based learning in high school has lead to paid employment! Chick Fil A got a great new hire and he already received his first paycheck!

Project Search has selected interns for 16-17 school year. 24 students, 12 students at at the City of Lewisville and 12 students at Medical Center of Lewisville. Congratulations!

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Job Olympics

Job Olympics was a success this year. Thank you to all of the staff that volunteered and special thanks to Nicole Park and Kristen Strangers for all of their hard work to put it on. Dylan Stacey from TEAMS placed and the overall winners were The Colony High School.

On a Personal Note ................................

Please send any Newsletter information to Morgan McKay