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Imagine a District Where: All students are wanted and valued A dynamic, responsive and intentional system that supports equity and access for all students is ensured Excellence in academic and social instruction and assessment is evident Students, staff parents and community members partner to create a culture of lifelong learners All students leave with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for a successful transition to adult life.
Guided by our Mission Statement and Goals! Working Together…Kids will Succeed! Shared Beliefs and Values Makes Us Strong!
Special Education Mission Statement: In partnership with integrated communities, Special Education serves students with disabilities by providing targeted services that supplement general education, thereby creating equal access and opportunities to facilitate a seamless transition to a successful community, career and/or college experience.
Special Education Division Goals: Over-Arching Goals: Create a unified system between special education and general education Improved outcomes for students with disabilities Ensure best practices for appropriate referrals
Goals: More Specifically Improved Outcomes: For early childhood, TK and K aged students with disabilities to close the achievement gap by providing access to age- appropriate educational opportunities with non-disabled peers. For students with disabilities by increasing the number who earn a diploma and/or transition into community as contributing members. For all students by improving instructional practice through evidence of quality of indicators in every learning environment.
Tools IEP System Exceed will continue until further notice Exceed and IEP Help Camps Wednesday Afternoons New System coming… Goal Book Rethink
Understanding Compliance Service Provider Logs Data: Baseline and Progress on Goals Goal Progress Reports, supported by work samples, data collection, etc. Proof of Progress Records-Kept with the Cum Files! Website- Organizational Tools
Compliance State Self-Review Every four years the District is subject to a Compliance State Self Review, enabling us to review our practices and improve educational benefits and outcomes for students. An average IEP encompasses over 800 points of law. Development, applications and implementation of the laws are constantly being reviewed or changed. This reality requires us to review and update our practice. These updates ensure: That parents can meaningfully participate in the process That meaningful discussions will occur That clarity in the development and implementation to meet the needs of the students we service.
Training modules have been developed to help you understand and implement these changes. Video Training Modules can be found at: https://lms.sandi.net/course/index.php?categoryid=79. https://lms.sandi.net/course/index.php?categoryid=79 A paper copy of the updates may be found on the Special Education website under the section on Compliance Compliance State Self-Review
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) CCSS and Special Education… IDEA -Access to the general curriculum is mandated for students with disabilities Standards based goals don’t change with student movement from state to state (Very Mobile Population) CCSS are broad, and offer several methods for demonstrating mastery…examples: verbal – written – projects – graphing – diagrams - debate – drawing – categorizing – PowerPoint presentation – chart – drama skit SPED Services must: Fill in gaps between disability and demands of setting Ensure same opportunities to achieve COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ARE FOR ALL STUDENTS
Focus Areas Students need to engage in Intellectual Struggle- Students are actively and cognitively engaged in learning, demonstrating effort, perseverance and tenacity as they work toward independence Critical Thinking, Reasoning & Evidence Based- Students develop and apply critical thinking and reasoning grounded in evidence, to develop viable argument and rationale Collaborative Conversations, Academic Language Expansion- Students expand language through regular use and engagement with academic texts, tasks and dialog. These focus areas should be incorporated throughout the school day, across curricula, and across the year. Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
CCSS- Students with M/M Disabilities Assessment: Full Implementation of the SBAC assessment system No CST or CMA in Math and ELA. STAR testing still for science (grades 5, 8, 10) Students in grades three-eight and grade 11 will be assessed Accommodations and Modifications: Assessment system uses technology that adapts the complexity to the needs of individual students Assessment items and performance tasks will be associated with a variety of accessibility tools and accommodations that can be delivered to students automatically based on their profile. Accommodations will be available to students with a documented need noted in an IEP or 504 plan. (These tools include Braille and closed captioning, among others.) There will be future trainings that will delve into this further…Watch ERO!
CCSS- Students with M/S Disabilities Standards: Students with moderate/severe disabilities will access these standards by receiving instruction based on alternate achievement standards (a modified version of the CCSS). Assessment: There will be an Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) Piloted last spring in SDUSD California will participate in the Phase II pilot test this fall. It is uncertain when this test will become operational. CAPA will only be given in Science this school year (grades 5, 8, 10). There will be future trainings that will delve into this further…Watch ERO!
Accessing Curriculum Resources Curriculum Resources: High school by content areas Recommended supplemental instructional resources & materials IMC library (online ordering) eTextbooks and eResources, District-Adopted Database training videos VAPA Resources: Language arts and Science and arts integration lessons Common Core for Staff: English Language Arts, Mathematics, History & Science LMS Website: Common Core for M/M & M/S Unique Learning News 2 U Watch ERO for More Training Opportunities Leadership & Learning WebpageSpecial Education Links
ALERT! New Woodcock Johnson IV Newly Released WJ-IV WJ III norms are no longer current or valid WJ IV Tests of Achievement and Cognitive Battery are in process of being purchased WJ IV comprehensive system allows for a precise evaluation of a student’s Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses across cognitive, linguistic and academic abilities. On line scoring system instead of Compuscore. Educational Specialists may receive training on the revised test during October (ERO). Each school will be responsible for proper disposal of outdated test material. Procedures to follow in October.
Staying Current Transition Planning: From Mandate to Practices that Lead to Successful Outcomes Building dynamic plans with students and their families improve outcomes for students Emphasis on compliance to improve our foundational practices. EXPECTATIONS for YOUTH are changing!
Staying Current Community Based Instruction Updated Manual New Forms For Requesting Bus Passes Budgets For Sites New Process For Reimbursement
Staying Current continued Procedures Manual-NEW & Improved! Online…behind the Firewall For Staff Use Basic Information Along With Step-by-step Instructions Each Chapter Will Have Links that Open to the webpage For Each Department
Reaching Out When You Need Support Site Team Principal/Vice Principal Project Resource Teachers & Program Managers Related Services Leads & Seniors Behavior Support Resources
Don’t Forget Check the Website! Updates Professional Development Resources www.sandi.net Select the tab (across the top under the main “bar”) titled “Departments” Select the letter “S” Select the words “Special Education”
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