Special Education Connection

Community Learning Network 6

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Dear Special Educators,

Happy New Year!!

My name is Paris Crocker and I will be serving as the Special Education Liaison for CLN 6 this school year. I am excited to join a Super Community Learning Network in which a lot of great work has already taken place. I have really enjoyed meeting the special education teams at many of our schools and I look forward to meeting those that I may have missed during my initial school visits in December.

Special education instructional supports this year will include offerings of monthly PLCs for special educators, an opportunity to participate in an AU course for multi-grade level instruction in literacy, and support around strategically incorporating interventions into daily instruction. I am also available to address any other needs that you may have as it relates to specialized instruction for students with disabilities.

If there is any immediate support that you require, please feel free to contact me at pgcrocker@bcps.k12.md.us or 410-624-9499.

Specialized Instruction

Why do students with disabilities require access to interventions?

Do the Math is a research-based intervention program that helps students develop a love of math while building numerical reasoning, fluency, and problem-solving skills. Based on the PARCC Accommodations Manual, students receiving a calculator as an accommodation should receive a math intervention.

Additionally, according to the PARCC Accommodations Manual, students receiving verbatim reading as an accommodation should have access to a research-based reading intervention such as Corrective Reading, S.P.I.R.E., or L.L.I.

Not only do these interventions assist teachers in providing specialized instruction to students with disabilities, but they also are an excellent data source to use in creating present levels and in demonstrating student progress in both reading and mathematics.

If you need support with training or implementation, please contact Paris Crocker at pgcrocker@bcps.k12.md.us

Intervention Inventory and Support

We are currently in the process of collecting information from each of our school teams regarding the interventions that are available to our special education teachers. Interventions in which we are completing inventories include Do the Math, Corrective Reading, Leveled Literacy Intervention (L.L.I.), FUNdations and S.P.I.R.E.

If you are utilizing any of these programs and/or have a good idea of any additional/missing materials, please contact me at pgcrocker@bcps.k12.md.us. I will also be completing school visits in order to collect this information.

Creating Instructional Groups in I-Ready

Special Education teachers who do not have their own class in SMS are able to create Instructional Groups in I-Ready. This will allow you to have access to all students on your caseload for instructional & data analysis purposes. Please refer to the Teacher Resources Guide in I-Ready in the Resources tab. If you have any difficulty with completing this, please contact Paris Crocker.

Agile Mind Training

Do you need strategies to help with implementing or enhancing student engagement with Agile Mind in your classroom?


If so, then join us for Agile Mind training. During the training you will gain knowledge on how to plan and deliver the Agile Mind lessons.


When: Tuesday, January 12th 2016

Where: PDC (2500 East Northern Parkway)

Room: 110

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm


4-5pm Teachers will:

· understand the structure and purpose of Agile Mind program, including instructional content, assessments, data reports, and planning resources (this is a review from the November session)


5-7pm – Teachers will:

· develop fluency in planning and delivering instruction using embedded professional resources, in particular the Advice for Instruction.

· build a taxonomy of instructional practices that will support student engagement and conceptual understanding in an Agile Mind classroom.


This training is limited to the first 30 participants that register. Please register by January 8th 2016 by completing the following survey: Agile Mind Registration


If you have any questions contact Beth Sappe in the Office of Teaching and Learning at basappe@bcps.k12.md.us


This PD is voluntary. No AU's or stipends are available for this training.

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Special Educator PLC #1 - CLN 6: Teaching Math in a Multi-grade Setting (Location: Belmont ES)

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 3-4:30pm

1406 North Ellamont Street

Baltimore, MD

Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/udSnGKC5Li

Upcoming AU Course Offering for Special Educators

Teaching Literacy in Multiple Grade Level Service Delivery Models

Course Summary: 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.

*You must register for this course via PGS. Registration closes January 28th.*

East Side Location: TBD
Dates: 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/8, 3/22
Time: 3:00 to 6:00

West Side Location: #150 Mary Ann Winterling, 220 N. Bentalou Street
Dates: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24
Time: 3:00 to 6:00

Do the Math - Initial Training (Location: Robert W. Colemans ES)

Monday, Jan. 25th, 1-3pm

2400 Windsor Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Special Educators who have never had Do the Math intervention training, will have an opportunity to learn about the different components of the program in addition to strategies for effective implementation.

Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/PBg2LfO2wJ