Special Education Staff Newsletter

October 2021

Congratulations to our VUSD STARS!

Thank you Nick, Anette, Susie, Terri and Marianne for your hard work and dedication to our students! We appreciate you.

Professional Development Opportunities


(CLASSIFIED) October 26, 2021, 4pm - 6pm @ Major General Murray MPR - Universal Design for Learning Strategies/Role of the Instructional Assistant Sign up here: Classified PD

(CERTIFICATED) October 28, 2021, 3:30 - 5pm @ Vista Innovation Center, MPR - General Education and Special Education Collaboration: The Role of the Ed Specialist, Instructional Assistant and General Education Teacher Sign up here: Certificated PD

(PARENT TRAINING) October 19, 2021, 8:30am - 10am @ Vista Innovation Center, MPR - Parents as Partners in the IEP Process

District Related Service Leads

Lead District Psychologist:

Bill Foley williamfoley@vistausd.org

Lead Speech and Language Pathologists:

Monique Semple moniquesemple@vistausd.org

Nicole Wiessner nicolewiessner@vistausd.org

District Behavior Support Team


The purpose of the District Behavior Support Team (DBST) is to provide timely support to Vista Unified school sites with positive behavioral interventions for both general and special education students with social, emotional, and behavioral barriers to learning.

The DBST is designated to provide sites with program support, staff training, and student-specific intervention. The intent is to build the capacity of general education teachers, special education teachers, and family members to support the behavioral needs of all learners.

2 Behavior Specialists

3 Instructional Assistants (Intensive Behavior Interventionists)

  • Crystal Hernandez

  • Erika Manning

  • Dahlyn Nall

Please reach out to your site administrator if you would like to request consultation and support from the District Behavior Support Team.

National School Psychology Week

During the week of November 8–12, 2021 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive (NASP). Currently Vista Unified has 28 school psychologists throughout the district who work hard for our students everyday. Let’s celebrate and thank our amazing school psychologists for the great work they do! More information to come next month!

Canvas Resources


  • tools and guidance to assist you in your support of VUSD students
  • canvas basics - walking you through admin access and controls that you will be granted for your site(s)
  • answers to some of your FAQs

The first session offered will be on Monday, October 11th from 3:30-4:30

The second session offered will be on Wednesday, October 13th from 3:30-4:30

Please take a few moments to fill out this Google Form and RSVP to the training session you plan to attend. The same information will be repeated at both sessions, but feel free to attend both if needed. Both sessions will be held via Zoom and a calendar invite will be shared with you based on your RSVP responses. You will be paid the certificated hourly rate for the sessions you attend.


Canvas Basics

Canvas Refreshers Resource Directory

Digging Deeper with Canvas

The Learning Collaborative (TLC) will be hosting monthly office hours for teachers on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30-4:30 to assist with Canvas and technology questions. Please bring your technology and Canvas questions to their drop-in office hours. Please see the flyer for the zoom link and more details!

Additional Resources