CLN #1 SPECIAL EDUCATION CONNECTION

May 2016, Connecting you to what you need to know

Reminders for Principals

Many of you have either made decisions about which math and literacy interventions you will be purchasing, or are well on you way to doing so. We know that many students with disabilities have a number of deficits in foundational skills, and these researched based interventions will address these areas. It is also worth mentioning that in order for students to be eligible for the Verbatim Reading and/or Calculation Device Accommodations on the PARCC exam, they must be receiving a researched based intervention for two consecutive years.


I am still available to offer support to assist you with making decisions around this and other Special Education needs.

Kudos!

  1. Ashburton

Principal Vick and her Special Education team are well on their way to purchasing the SPIRE Literacy Intervention program for their students' with special needs.


2. MLK

With the support of Principal Brunson, the Special Education Team at MLK has inventoried their intervention materials. They have now positioned themselves to begin considering purchasing programs for next year.

INTERVENTIONS

  • I will continue to work with schools to make decisions around math and literacy intervention purchases.
  • I will continue to make myself available to assist teachers with administering placement assessments.

AU COURSE OFFERINGS

(1) "Teaching Math in Multiple Grade Level Service Delivery Models" (1 AU credit)

Summer Course Dates: June 22, 2016 - June 23, 2016

Course Description: Special Educators (resource and/or self-contained) will participate in

DDIT professional development and activities in order to develop and implement

collaborative lessons, modified instruction, and interventions. Teachers will implement a

modified math instructional model that will address multiple grade level service delivery

models and specialized instruction in order to guide small group instruction and intervention

centers that will maximize the limited teacher directed instructional time. Teachers will be

able to collaboratively develop effective instructional strategies by utilizing District

Assessments to reflect and adjust in alignment with the District Instructional Framework.

*Must Register through PGS*

(2) "Teaching Literacy in Multiple Grade Level Service Delivery Models" (1 AU credit)

Summer Course Dates: July 11, 2016 - July 12, 2016

Course Description: Special Educators (resource and/or self-contained) will participate in

DDIT professional development and activities in order to develop and implement

collaborative lessons, modified instruction, and district interventions. Teachers will institute a

modified Literacy instructional model. This model encompasses the Literacy Lesson Sets that

will address multiple grade level service delivery models and specialized instruction; in order

to guide small group instruction and intervention centers that will maximize the limited

teacher directed instructional time. Teachers will be able to collaboratively develop effective

instructional strategies by utilizing District Assessments and research based interventions.

This will allow for reflection and adjustments to ensure alignment with the

District Instructional Framework.

*Must Register through PGS*


I will notify you when the courseS has been added to PGS

Summer Intervention Planning Opportunities

In order to ensure that teachers are ready to begin using the math and literacy intervention programs that your school may have or are planning to purchase, let’s get together for a few planning sessions this summer. We can do some pre-planning to be ready on day one.


Of course, the hope is that after working diligently this school year you will all find plenty of time to rest, relax and have lots of fun. Therefore, if you are not available, that’s fine. If you are interested in attending and/or co-leading a session, complete the google form by accessing the link below. I will review the responses and let you whether the interest is high enough to plan further.


https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1O2gS6JaaQLcz0RHQcFT3Gjba0fa3n7EAs3-VGEazSao/edit


Let me know if you have trouble accessing the link.

Upcomming Visits to Your Schools



We are aware that PARCC testing will be taking place in your buildings for the next several weeks, and do not wish to overwhelm or disrupt this process. Based on your availability, Robin Banks and I will be scheduling visits to each school to meet with all or some of the ILT members in order to discuss 3rd Quarter High and Lows. We are understanding of your time constraints and will make every effort to accommodate you and your staff.


We are looking ahead to next school year and want to ensure that we are providing high level support and are continuing to improve and grow professionally. We have enjoyed teaming up with each and everyone of you, and want to continue to cultivate strong and productive relationships with all of you.

Kathy's Corner (Compliance)

  • PLAAFP: Current student data from multiple sources should be included in PLAAFP section of the IEP. Sample data sources include: PARCC, I-Ready, Amplify, Unit Assessments, WJ-IV, etc. Please contact Lara Huffman, Education Specialist, with any questions.

  • IEP Chair Monthly Training

When: Wednesday, May 18th


Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Where: 2500 East Northern Parkway (PDC)

Community Learning Network #1-Special Education Team

Sharon Pinckney, Special Education Liaison, Instruction Sjpinckney@bcps.k12.md.us


Kath Stump, Education Specialist, Compliance, KLStump@bcps.k12.md.us