Special Education Department Update

May 2021

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Virtual RTA Travel Training

Transition age students (14+) will be participating in a virtual RTA Travel Training on Tuesday, May 25th from 1-1:45pm. This training will teach students how to use the RTA to travel safely and independently on fixed-route public transits. This training will benefit students to build their independence and confidence which will allow them to be more successful in their future! If you are also interested in attending the training, please reach out to Mrs. Costanzo for additional information (kristen.costanzo@aeaohio.org).

Mental Health Awareness Month

"May was first declared as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949. In 2006, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was chosen as a special day during this month to focus on the mental health needs of children. Since 2006, May has been a time to acknowledge the importance of children's mental health, show that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth, promote positive youth development, resiliency, and recovery, along with the transformation of mental health service delivery for youth, adolescents, and their families."

For additional resources to better support those with mental health, please visit https://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/childrens-mental-health-awareness.

Learning Aid Ohio

Supplemental learning support for students with disabilities, please visit the website below for more information!


Cuyahoga Community College’s Full Tuition Assistance Program

Have you or your family experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Cuyahoga Community College’s Full Tuition Assistance program can help.

The College will cover Cuyahoga County residents’ tuition costs for one year of a Tri-C credit program or for the duration of a noncredit program. You can start or continue your education ― or gain the skills you need to rejoin the workforce quickly ― without incurring tuition expenses.

The Full Tuition Assistance program can help:

  • Unemployed individuals who lost employment and/or income due to COVID-19, seeking a short-term credential, advanced training or a degree to increase their employability.
  • Graduating high school students who planned to attend a four-year college or university this fall but have to reconsider due to financial hardship.
  • Current college students who are or were enrolled at a four-year college and can’t afford to return, but want to continue their education.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Reside in Cuyahoga County
  • Provide evidence of financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Enroll as a new or continuing Tri-C student for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester
  • Additional program requirements are found in the Full Tuition Assistance FAQ document.

You must also complete the following:

Have questions?

A glimpse into the end of the 2020-2021 school year!

Inside Ms Meyer's Classroom

Hello! My name is Breanna Meyers and I am the 10th-12th grade intervention specialist at our Lakewood campus. This is my first year at AEA. Before coming to AEA, I taught at Vermilion High School for the 2019-2020 school year. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Ashland University in May of 2019 in Special Education K-12 mild to moderate and moderate to intensive needs. I grew up in Lorain and currently still reside there with my parents, my fiance, and our twin daughters, Rosalie and Sophia. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love reading and outdoor activities.

As I stated above, I work with students in grades 10-12. Currently, I am working with my students on their goals in reading comprehension, math, written expression and behavior. Resources I have used with my students are readworks articles, Minute Math worksheets, multi-question writing prompts for written expression, and student class work samples. On top of using these resources for my daily intervention, I have also been using materials from the Richards Reading Program to work with students on phonics skills who struggle with reading.

This year has been a tough year for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic with virtual and in-person learning. Some of my students have done outstanding with virtual learning and others have shown great improvement since returning to school in person from being virtual. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them at AEA this year and I am looking forward to what lies ahead for the next school year.

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