Department of Student Services
Exceptional Students...Exceptional Staff 9.15.15
Meet David Fenton, the ICAN program instructor at Woodward Career Technical High School. The Independent Career Advancement Now program focuses on preparing students with disabilities for community-based employment and independent living. Students in the ICAN program spend 12 hours a week at local businesses with the goal of being employed at the end of the program. “I love working with these students and their families at this pivotal time in their education,” says Fenton. “These students are transitioning from years of schooling into the big world and it is a critical moment in their lives.”
Inspired to enter special education by his son who has Down syndrome, Mr. Fenton left the small business he started and returned to U.C. to earn his Master’s degree in special education. “After working in the private sector for decades, owning a business for 16 years, and raising a child with a disability, the ICAN program is a perfect match for my experience,” shared Mr. Fenton. “I am an intense advocate for this population and can’t wait for the world to see the potential of these students rather than their limitations.”
The Woodward ICAN program currently offers restaurant, retail, custodial, warehouse and office work experience. “Woodward is a great location for our program,” says Fenton. “Our students can experience a variety of work experiences in the local neighborhood, most within walking distance.”
So what are the program objectives? According to Mr. Fenton, “It’s all about preparing for the next life step. We take students and strive to turn them into responsible, contributing citizens. It gives my life purpose.”
Kudos to Mr. Fenton for his dedication to our CPS students and the ICAN program at Woodward High School.
Two additional help nights for EdPlan will be offered this week. They will be held from 3-5PM at the Ed Center, Room 3d, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, September 15 and 17. Folks will be available to address specific concerns you may have. As always, if you have questions, please contact Tony Simonson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the help desk in Michigan as this support is for system level errors.
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OCALI's Online Learning Pathway Resource Now Available
To meet regional, district, and building needs in serving students with the most complex challenges across the state of Ohio, OCALI has developed a Learning Pathway. Four areas were identified as a focus for the Learning Pathway. These include assessment, learning standards, behavior and least restrictive environment. Users are guided through a series of questions to help them match OCALI resources to their specific needs creating a customized professional development plan.
Bookshare - Open up the world of Reading!
Do you work with students who cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability? If so, Bookshare can help!
Bookshare offers over 361,000 books! Bookshare books are “accessible,” which means students can read books many different ways. Qualifying students can:
Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
Hear and see highlighted words on screen
Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
Create physical braille or large print
Read directly from an Internet browser
Together with bookshare, you can help students develop the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.
Any U.S. student with a qualifying disability may join Bookshare. Information about qualifying disabilities can be found at : https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/who-qualifiesFind out more at https://www.bookshare.org/cms and email Julie Bassett at email@example.com to sign up as a sponsor with the CPS Organizational Account.
Transition Coordinator meetings are kicking off this week! We are so excited to take next steps in helping students prepare for post-secondary transition. Please plan to join us monthly from 4:15 until 6:15 at Mayerson.
Dates are as follows:
Physical/Occupational Therapy Thoughts
For some of our students, mobility is a daily challenge. It is imperative for them to experience their academic setting from various positions. This is also important for their medical needs. This means that the adult caregivers are responsible for transitioning/transferring them, which can include moving them from a wheelchair or specialized seating system to the floor/table mat. It may be moving them from the wheelchair to a standard/specialized commode or changing table. Lifts are used to support various sized and ability needs of the students. The district has various types of lifts that are used for these transfers. These lifts are for the benefit of the student and the caregiver(s). The use of the lifts provide safety, security, and health for all involved in the transfer. Our Physical Therapists are trained in the use of these lifts and are willing and ready to provide training to the staff when needed. Safe transfers are vital for the health and success of both students and staff.
Staff Professional Development Day
Math Demonstration Classroom
We are currently scheduling visits to the Demonstration Classroom at Rockdale Academy. In this classroom, teachers will observe best practices and technology integration in a 5th grade math class. Anyone may schedule a visit, but teachers of grades 3-6 math and intervention specialists are the target audience.
To schedule a visit or to find out more, email Jennifer Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the instructional coach in your building.
Economics/American Government Demonstration Classroom
If you are interested in visiting, please contact Craig Rush at email@example.com
Primary ELA Demonstration Classroom
The Third Grade Demonstration ELA Classroom is located at John P. Parker School. This classroom was created to foster a growth mindset by modeling 21st century Best Practices, which integrate technology into daily lessons. It is equipped with various technology devices that enhance students’ learning experiences by preparing them for online testing and develop skills that help them become college and career ready.
All teachers and administrators are encouraged to visit the Demonstration Classroom and receive coaching assistance. For more information please contact your instructional coach, your principal, or Veronica Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to your visit.
Middle School ELA/Social Studies Demonstration Classroom
Elementary Technology Roundtables
Are you interested in learning more about how to use technology in your elementary classroom? Would you like to participate in professional discourse with other elementary teachers, while receiving specialized training on how incorporate those 21st Century Skills into your lessons?
Please consider joining our Elementary Technology Roundtables, held monthly at the Mayerson Academy. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning September 22nd.
Topics covered include The Importance of Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom, Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction, Digital Lesson Planning, Increasing Student Engagement with Technology, Using Technology for Formative Assessments, Managing Technology, Collaboration and Communication.
Course Number will be published soon. Check the Mayerson website.
Thursday, Oct. 15th, 4:15pm
2650 Highland Avenue
Course number: 1991.6452