Special Services Connect
Issue 9 | May | 2017
The Legal Duty to Implement IEPs
• Statutory Provision—The IDEA requires that IDEA regulations require that “[a]t the beginning of each school year, each local educational agency, State educational agency, or other State agency, as the case may be, shall have in effect, for each child with a disability in the agency's jurisdiction, an individualized education program….” 20 U.S.C. §1414(d)(2)(A).
• Main Regulatory Provision—IDEA regulations require that “as soon as possible following development of the IEP, special education and related services are made available to the child in accordance with the child’s IEP.” 34 C.F.R. §300.323(c).
Reminder: You have 10 days to from the IEP date to complete the IEP.
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Corner:
Check out 10 fun summer DIY sensory games from Autism Speaks
AMC is offering sensory friendly movies throughout the summer.
Here is 5 ways to help a child with autism cope with the summer schedule from the Washington Post
There is a lot going on for all students with disabilities at NISRA
Finally, here are some travel tips for vacations with children with autism from Milestones
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment:
Strategy of the Month:
Give One, Get One
Give One, Get One, Move On
UDL 5.3 UDL 8.3
Give One, Get One is a discussion strategy where students actively and intentionally seek and share information with one another. Students first write down several ideas or important learnings in response to a prompt or question provided by the teacher. Students circulate the classroom and at the teacher’s prompting pair up with a partner. Each partner “gives” or shares one of their ideas as the other partner "gets" or listens and writes it down. After a couple minutes, the teacher signals for students to find new partners and repeat the process. Following several partner changes, the class discusses the key ideas they learned from one another. Give One, Get One can be used to help students generate ideas about a new topic, review key concepts after a unit, or gather evidence in response to a text-based question. Utilizing this strategy also encourages participation as students collaboratively share and build knowledge on a topic.
Use cues to facilitate transitions. For example, an audio or visual timer can be used to signal when students should switch partners. Some teachers also use verbal cues and call out “GIVE ONE” to indicate that students should pair up and share ideas and “MOVE ON” when it is time for students to find a new partner.
A teacher creates a task card with sentence frames to support students during partner conversations. The card reads:
Student 1: Greet person and ask to share. (Hi. May I share with you?)
Student 2: Agree. (Yes. What do you think about the question?)
Student 1: Share idea. (I feel…)
Student 2: Restate idea. (In other words, you think…)
Student 1: Agree OR clarify. Ask partner to share. (Right! OR No, I meant… What's your idea?)
The teacher models using the task card and asks students to practice with partners at their table before introducing the Give One, Get One activity.
Graphic Organizer: Give one Get One
Let's Review Standards Based IEP
Given a four to five sentence paragraph to read, Jenna will orally describe to her teacher what she thought of while reading the passage by answering at least 5 of the 6 Who, What, When, Where, Why and How questions correctly for the text (Standard RL.2.1 - Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.).
Given a single sentence to read, Jenna will orally describe to her teacher what she thought of while reading the passage by answering at least 5 of the 6 Who, What, When, Where and Why and How questions correctly in four consecutive trials by 01/20/XX.
Given a two to three sentence paragraph to read , Jenna will orally describe to her teacher what she thought of while reading the passage by answering at least 5 of the 6 Who, What, When, Where and Why and How questions correctly in four consecutive trials by 05/21/XX.
SPECIAL SERVICES CELEBRATIONS
Rhonda Maciejewski is a great leader for all students and staff at Conley, students are her number one priority. Rhonda listens to suggestions from the staff without bias. She supports the SES program being at Conley. Thank you Rhonda for being such a great leader.
Jim Stotz always puts student needs first. He always has an open door for any situation. You can trust that he will follow through. He is a big advocate for students to get the help and services they need to be successful. Thank you Jim for open door and being a leader.
Charlynn Hawkins Has meant so much to so many people in her time in District 158. She will be missed by the students and staff. Enjoy the retirement!
Angela Root is an excellent speech therapist who works with students and staff to ensure student success. She researches new ideas and helps teachers and parents learn new tools and apps for her students to be successful.
Alex Porter is a new Occupational Therapist at Leggee. He was able to jump right in and work on making sure that all of the students have all of the necessary tools in order to be successful. He supports teachers and will make sure that they have what they need in order to best work with their classroom.
Jen Zayas is dedicated to making Chesak extraordinary. She works to coordinate classrooms, student schedules, meetings, and staff so that the building is successful. She woks closely with the students making them feel a part of the school and want to succeed. Thank you Jen for your support and leadership.
Deb Rubinger - Has been a great part of district 158 for many years. She has changed many peoples lives over the years, students and co-workers. Enjoy the retirement!
Jake Litchfield deserves a huge thank you for being as supportive as he has been this school year with the special education team at Heineman. He steps into any situation with an open mind, supports decision making, and is of a student-first mindset. Jake supports the students, staff, and families at Heineman, and he understands the importance of meeting student needs from an academic and emotional level. Thank you for your unwavering support through the school year!
Angela Nawrocki has been a huge support to our staff and students this year. Her willingness to support not only our special education students but our 504 students has been instrumental for our teams. We value her input and expertise in the area of accommodations and supports.
Jessica Johnson has done a great job this year with our seventh grade students. She has worked hard and is adding new ideas each and every day.
Ms. Maggiore is an English I teacher who embraces the benefits of a co-teaching model. Her willingness and openness of having all 5 of her teaching sections be co-taught next school year will allow students to experience the benefits of this ideal partnership. Through her dedicated hard work throughout this school year and prior years, Ms. Maggiore's teaching practices already create a conducive environment that allows for the positive implementation of this instructional strategy. We look forward to seeing the next level of results with this new partnership!
May Staff of the Month Winner:
Jodie Goeke, social worker
Congratulations, and thanks for all your hard work!
Anna Hoyou is the brightest and happiest person in the district. Her themes and enthusiasm keeps the students and staff excited about school. She really takes all students always to a new level. Thank you Anna for keeping the fun in school and keeping the students and staff excited everyday.
Kelly Lauber is often one of the last teachers to leave each night. She gets to know each student individually and has constant contact with families. Kelly is honest and sincere and often makes families comfortable during difficult conversations.
Denise Wiktor has fun and creative lesson plans. She is energetic and will encourage the students to learn. Denise will ask for help when she needs it and is always there to help out her co-workers.