Special Services Connect
All IEP intake/move-in meetings must be held within 10 school days.
Respond to an initial request for an evaluation-Within 14 school days of receipt: work with Building Admin/Coordinators/IPS Team
Provide notice of IEP meeting within 10 calendar days--must document in Semstracker 3 forms of communication
IEPs must be put into pending from active before editing. Case managers change it from pending to active after the meeting to ensure changes are saved.
Change the date/information in the Admin Data Page to reflect IEP information dhttps://iepq.education.illinois.edu/documents/PLAAFP_checklist_chart.pdf
Issue 1 | September | 2016
DATES & REMINDERS:
PARCC Accommodation forms are due to the coordinators/AP right after the IEP meeting. (See coordinators/APs for document)
ESY Rubric: prior to every IEP meeting the rubric must be filled out. Seek coordinator/AP if you need assistance
Co-Teaching Seminar: Oakbrook, IL. October 21 (Please enter in subs asap)
October 7th Institute Day
Harris, A (2013). Visual Supports for Students with Autism. New Horizons for Learning Journal, Vol. X, No. 2
Autism Spectrum Disorder Corner:
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
ASD characteristics include:
difficulty with social pragmatics and interactions
difficulty with verbal/nonverbal communication
For webinars on ASD visit Infinitec's online classroom *must login or register
What are visual supports?
Visual supports are written word, list, picture, drawing or object given to a person to support communication.
Roa and Gagie (2006) stated, “Visual supports help bring in structure, routine, and sequence that many children with autism require in order to carry on their daily activities"
Upcoming conferences and workshops:
October 11th and 12th Teaching to Improve: Social, Behavior, Independence and Communication Skills in the Student with Autism (ASD) Flyer Registration
Reducing Recurring Behavior Problems with Difficult, Disruptipve, and Non-Compliant Students-Available in both Chicago north or Chicago South
Strengthening Your Special Needs Students’ Executive Function Skills- Chicago South or Rockford
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment:
Progress Monitoring using Google:
Strategy of the Month:
Jigsaw is a cooperative learning strategy that enables each student of a group to specialize in one aspect of a topic or one part of a reading or other task. Students meet with members from other groups who are assigned the same aspect, and after mastering the material, return to the "home" group and teach the material to their group members. With this strategy, each student in the "home" group holds a piece of the topic's puzzle and work together to create the whole jigsaw. The strategy is often used in other instructional situations for the purpose of team building or quickly managing a large task in a short time.
SPECIAL SERVICES CELEBRATIONS
Jessica Kapachinski and Rachael Schwingen for leading the SAT accommodations application process!!
ECC & Elementary:
Carlie Rodway has assisted her co-workers by sharing helpful everyday information. She has helped new staff get acclimated to the classroom.
Laura Kubitz has assisted her new co-workers. Laura has volunteered to do additional work as well as teach her peers new systems. She has gone above and beyond to make sure that new employees feel welcome at Early Childhood Education.
Jodi Maurer works above and beyond what is expected She problem solves to find solutions that support students. She collaborates with other teachers on-going.
Abbie Mason has done an excellent job with supporting her students. She has created additional data charts and provided supports with observations in order to help the team. She goes above and beyond to support staff members.
Jen Beltramini: has gone above and behond for her program and for the students in her math classes. She is always working very hard with a smile on her face.
Debi Ryan: Has done a great job keeping the team informed on students and working as a team player.
Nicki Dindia-For your flexibility, patience and ability to learn quickly within a short timeframe.
Shelly Montello-For your support and mentorship in the SES Program.
Amanda Lemke stepped up to the plate when we lost our team lead here at Heineman, who had been in that role for quite some time. She has been an excellent communicator, on top of all tasks that are requested of her from a teacher standpoint and as a team lead, and demonstrates a commitment to the students at Heineman (not only her caseload). In addition to being the team lead here at Heineman, she has taken the role as a mentor for one of our new special education teachers, where she has provided support from the start. Needless to say, she goes above and beyond in all facets of her job.
Janet Burkhalter Marlowe Administration would like to recognize Janet Burkhalter for going the extra mile for her students and the teachers she works with to start the school year. Janet currently does not have an aide to help her students and support her, yet instead of complaining, she is found giving up her plan periods, her lunch, and working countless extra hours to make sure her students' needs are being met. Her first priority is the students and it shows. A huge thank you to Janet for all she is doing for the Marlowe students.
Audrie Corn has been a vital part for the team helping set up the domain process. She is always there to help all staff members and has been a great addition to the District 158 staff.
Jim Garvalia: has come to Conley from Marlowe and has done a great job adjusting to the elementary school setting. He is always there to help any staff member or student in need.
Nicki Dindia: has come in to District 158 as an SES Teacher for kindergarten. She has began the year with confidence and continues to grow.
Shelly Montello: has taken on a mentoring role to support a new teacher and continues to problem solve as an SES Teacher to best meet the diverse needs of her students with emotional disabilities.
Maggie Hoffman has been a team leader within the SNAP Program. She has helped mentor new teachers and will assist with students if she is needed. She goes above and beyond to help both her co-workers and students.
Kristi Stamatis has been a huge help with assisting her peers. She works so hard to make sure that her students are learning and will often volunteer to help out others.