Day 2 Agenda 12 Minutes Talks with Brainstorming Session Fundraising LINK Banquets, Recognition, T-Shirts, Media Scheduling/Staffing/Case Conferences Burn Out Lunch – Longevity Technology Data Collection At Risk Students Summary of Work Completed at THINK TANK What’s Next
Overview of 12 Minute Talks with Brainstorming Session Dave Schoemer to Facilitate Brainstorming Session Embedded within Each Topic Area Brainstorming Rules Board Note Taker for Each Section Computer Note Taker for Each Section
Twelve Minutes; Twelve Slides … Twelve Ideas to Spark Fundraising Efforts Ann Carey – Speech/Language Pathologist Carrie Carr – Autism Consultant Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
Build One Program; Just One Program Check. Done. You’re here, so you’ve done it. Take Away Tool: LINK Introductory PowerPoints (Elementary, Middle School, School Board, etc.
Create a Marketing Piece Video, Website, Brochure, PowerPoint Focus only on positive results Highlight the successes! Don’t forget to take pictures! TAKE AWAY TOOL: EUPISD LINKS Video Youtube Search – “EUPISDLINKS”
Approach Local Groups Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks, Shriners… Offer to do an autism focused presentation Autism in the EUP; Where We’ve Been; Where We Are; Where We’re Going End with Peer to Peer Marketing Piece and “we need funds, any ideas?” Take Away Tool: Rotary Club PowerPoint
Autism in the Eastern Upper Peninsula The Who, What, When, and Why… and Where We Are Going From Here Prepared and presented by Carrie Carr ASD Specialist~EUPISD Rotary Club February 2012
Impairment in Socialization Restricted & Repetitive Behavior Impairment in Communication
About 1 in 110 children have an ASD Exact cause is unknown – strong genetic basis Males are four times as likely to have it Characteristics are evident by the age of 3 Historically 70-75% were thought to have some degree of intellectual impairment; recent estimates closer to 40-50% - testing of cognitive abilities continues to be a challenge.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District A look at the data trends in the incident of Autism Spectrum Disorder Prepared by Carrie Carr ~ ASD Specialist EUPISD Year Number of students found eligible as AI Total # of Students Eligible for Special Ed. Programs and Services Number of School Aged Students Percentage of students identified as ASD eligible within Sp. Ed. Population Incidence Rate of students with ASD per 10,000 school aged children 2011921,1477,4688%123 2010891,2367,5397.2%118 2009821,2697,6636.5%107 2008731,2487,7455.9%94 2007721,1827,9836.1%90 2006691,2088,2835.7%83 2005481,2998,1633.7%59 2004371,2158,3923.1%44 2003301,2038,5792.5%35 2002271,1748,6832.3%31 2001211,0968,8351.9%24
20012010% difference Number of students with an ASD in the EUPISD 2192338% increase Number of Special Education Students 1,0961,147 4.6% increase All Students in EUPISD 8,8357,468 15.5% decrease ASD for Michigan 5,68015,403 (as of 2010) 171% increase
ASD is here to stay Programming won’t be trouble free We are accountable The Eastern Upper Peninsula has some exciting initiatives …
Project ImPACT Parent Training Program MSU Autism Lab Social Communication Skills 0-5 year olds Blend of research based practices Brought to the EUP First cohort in the Sault this past fall 7 families; 9 facilitators Excellent feedback Tahquamenon next!
18 multi-disciplinary school based teams 120 professionals in the EUP 100 more in the UP joining via ITV Modules: Foundations in ASD Looking at ASD Differently and the Teaming Process Behavior Supports Educational Strategies Peer to Peer Supports IEP Development and Implementation Administrative Module Transition Systems Change Asperger’s Syndrome Module Technical support for target students
Write down 7 things you did before sitting down this morning. I ndependent skill? S ocial skill? A cademic skill? Primary Goals for Students with an ASD Socializations Skills Independence Skills Participation in the General Education Curriculum
Some Quick Information… Autism Spectrum Disorder is sometimes called ASD Most students with ASD are born with it Autism is NOT contagious There are more boys than girls with autism Some students with autism talk, and some do not Most students with autism have strong interest areas Most students with autism have a difficult time understanding social situations Students with autism often need to learn in different ways Kids with an ASD are often very knowledgeable in certain areas Many of (student name)’s challenges occur because he has… Autism, really, is just a different way of thinking…a different way that a brain works!
Teachers and staff are working really hard at (School Name) to assist (Student Name). But…many, many, many smart people have done a lot of research and studies and found that the people who can best help kids with autism learn and grow are… PEERS! (other kids their age!)
That’s right! You could be one of _________’s strongest LINK S to success! So, you are wondering, just what is a LINK? A LINK will be a student who is about _______’s age who will support him. Most importantly – a LINK is a good friend! A LINK will play and talk about things that ________ is interested in, and help him discover other fun things, too! A LINK might work next to ___________ on a classroom assignment. _____________will need a LINK at recess and lunch and perhaps even some other areas like the classroom or speech The LINKS will meet frequently to talk about what is going well with ________, where he’s struggling, and discuss how YOU can help. The LINK meetings are usually pretty fun and treats or special lunches are often involved You can volunteer if you are interested. We have applications and permission slips for you to fill out if you are. We’ll let you know when the first LINK meeting will be very soon!
Sustainability – Making it Stick! Building coaches in every building EPLI Coach Leaders – 16 seeking status in the EUP Regular team meetings for students on the spectrum Mini- I.T.’s in the EUP regularly
How You Can Help… Ideas for Peer to Peer LINK Programs to expand beyond K-12 buildings…? Funding Opportunities…?
Begin by writing ONE grant for seed money MAASE Tribal 2 % Funds MEEMIC Take Away Tool: MAASE Grant Application; Tribal Grant Application
Have a Bake Sale Take Away Tool: Bake Sale Flyer
LINK “Dues” $1 per year per student LINK Member Card – K-5 th Flyer explaining “dues”; Leads to more donations Use Dues to Purchase End of the Year Pizza Take Away Tool: LINK Membership Card LINK Dues Flyer
Staff Dress Down Day $3 for staff to dress down to support Peer to Peer Programs Take Away Tool: Dress Down Day Flyer
Get Press The Marquette Mining Journal featuring Meagan McLeod’s Gwinn Program School Administrator Article featuring Eastern Upper Peninsula Programs Take Away Tool: School Administrator Article
Be Intentional With Gained Funds Show groups how money will be used/spent Take Away Tool: Program Quality Indicators Rubric
What Factors Lead to Burn Out Voices in the Field 0 LINKS teacher does not have a classroom at the high school and is not in the high school full time which makes communication with students cumbersome and time consuming. 0 LINKS team is new. They are fully supportive and are advocates for P2P but are not willing/able to commit extra time. 0 Negativity from staff regarding LINKS programming and LINK student effectiveness but lack of cooperation to complete program improvement surveys or LINK student semester evaluations.
What Factors Lead to Burn Out Voices in the Field 0 Lack of understanding and support from administration. When administrators don't fully grasp what we are doing (and don't pay attention to our data & the information we are sharing) then we are left to fight for space, time, and other resources. Every one of us has a primary job (SW, Speech, Teacher, etc.). When administrators don't see P2P as an integral part of our primary job, we fight against the tide. 0 Specials teachers not wanting a new “special” added 0 LINKS is cut due to funding – reducing specials 0 OTHERS?
ONE Solution: Hamilton LINKS District TEAM LINKS Building Coordinator PAC Volunteer Sign Up
But STILL Resources Needed! 0 People 0 Time 0 Logistics / Materials 0 Administrative Support No more time No more money No more people
Cross age Peers finally start in January 2 day training –Used START Materials and Classroom specific examples to show an overview 37 Middle School/High School LINKS Syllabus –Used STARTS generic outline and modified for our program Expectations –Attendance is important! BE A FRIEND!
Middle School High School LINKS Earn credit for the course Learn about Autism –1 Lecture class a month and 1 case conference a month (for this year) Develop a friendship Mentor same age peers
Game #5 Teams Each Select One Person from Their Team to Participate in Game 5 Participants Go To The Center Tables
LISONN DELCAMP, TC ASD AMY HATTO, OTR/L Clawson Public Schools Peer to Peer Project
Board Approved Syllabus Peer to Peer 2 day Conference at Grand Valley State University Team organized to update syllabus for Middle School & High School Marcia Young, Special Education Director, presented for approval of the syllabus 2/2014
Now what… Team organized Started asking questions… How will we give the information to the peers? How will we provide the curriculum? How will we get the information to the families? How will we keep them interested?
The answer is… We attended Professional Development on Weebly through our district Consulted with the Media Specialist
Weebly…Amp It up!! Free to sign up!!! Write down password!! Amp it Up! Weebly http://startpeer2peer.weebly.com/ LINK Peer to Peer Support Program Development Checklist: Weebly
Let’s Get Organized…. Organizing Materials Use a common folder or Google Drive to import materials
Let’s Get Organized…Multimedia Images Consult with your Technology Integration Specialist or other media professionals regarding copyright laws. Free Images: Weebly offers free photos Google Images: Use the filter under advance settings to establish which photos are free to use Clip Art on Office Online www.compfight.com www.compfight.com
Front Loading for Success Weebly Free Resources Our Peer-to-Peer Tutorial
Let’s Start Building… Utilize our LINK Peer to Peer Support Program Development Checklist: Weebly Five Key Areas Highlighted: Landing Home Page Weekly Updates Syllabus Resources Training
Training Combination of Direct and Online Teaching using Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
Students with ASD: Data Ideas Time in general education Participation/engagement in the classroom Independence in school routines Attendance
Elementary Data Collection Tracked data on absences for 9 students with ASD at Murphy Elementary before and after implementing a Peer Support program # of Absences Year before the Peer Support program was implemented 92.5 First year the Peer Support program was implemented 56
The LINKS program helps to improve attendance!
Students with ASD: Other Possible Data Collection Targets Behavior problems? MEAP/test scores? Adaptive behavior scores?
Data Ideas Typical Peers and At-Risk Peer LINKS
Typical Peers and At-Risk Peer LINKS: Data Ideas Attendance Behavior Referrals GPA
Data from Schools in Michigan 2012-2013 School-Year Thank you to: Eastern Upper Peninsula/Sault Area Grand Haven High School Haslett High School Hemlock High School Lapeer West High School Saginaw Public Schools
Data for 125 LINK Students from 5 school districts
Data for 33 students with low GPAs (2.5 or below) At-Risk Students
Data for 12 students who had 2-8 behavior referrals before becoming a LINK At-Risk Students
Saginaw Public Schools: Students with Behavior Challenges: # of Behavioral Referrals
Saginaw Public Schools: Data for 18 LINK Students with Disabilities Learning Disabilities AD/HD Section 504 Plans
Students with Disabilities: Behavior Referrals
Link Crew Data Data Targets: Number of Disciplinary Referrals Number of Suspensions Number of Tardies Number of Absences Incidents of Hazing Number of Drop ‐ outs Results: 37% reduction in behavior referrals for 9 th grade students http://www.boomeran gproject.com/high- school-transitionhttp://www.boomeran gproject.com/high- school-transition
Teachers/Schools: Data Ideas Ask teachers and school staff for information: Are students learning information that changes them in a positive way through participation in the LINKS program? Leadership skills? Sensitivity and appreciation of differences? Preparing for future careers? What changes have you seen in your school that you attribute to the LINKS program? How does the LINKS program affect school climate?
www.schoolclimate.org www.schoolclimate.org National School Climate Center
School Climate Quality Analytic Assessment Instrument http://web.calstatela.edu/centers/schoolclimate/assessment/school_survey.html http://web.calstatela.edu/centers/schoolclimate/assessment/school_survey.html
Ask parents for information: Has participation in the LINKS program helped your child at school? Has participation in the LINKS program helped your child’s participation in activities outside of school?
What type of data collection would most benefit your school system? How can we make this easier for schools to collect and use data to support what they’re doing?
At Risk LINK Students Margie Mayberry Dave Leonard
David Leonard Jr. Upton Middle School P2P Teacher Saint Joseph Public Schools
About Me 20 th year of teaching Middle School M.Ed. Middle Level Education, At-Risk Specialist (GVSU) For the last 10 years I have mentored 20-27 students per year in an At-Risk program known as “Academic Achievement” created from my Masters thesis at GVSU. We have partnered with the Berrien County RESA ASD program for the last 9 years in a very successful P2P program.
Program Highlights At-Risk students in my classes demonstrated a consistent 25- 30% reduction in severe disciplinary incidents during the school year while participating in P2P between 2005-2014. Academic performance improved for the majority of the At- Risk participants in P2P between 2005-2014. Attendance rates improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants in P2P between 2005-2014. Empathy improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants as measured by the VIA Signature Strength for Children scale from The University of Pennsylvania.
P2P at Upton Middle School My Classroom 27 students classified as At-Risk according to a 15 point rating scale developed using guidelines from the US Department of Education, and The National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN). 29% Qualify for Special Educational Services 2 students diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome 15 males, 12 females
P2P at Upton Middle School Cumulative GPA 1.3 September 1 st, 2013 (pre-P2P). Cumulative GPA 2.0 June 6 th, 2014 (post-P2P) Average Daily Attendance Rate Sept. 1 st, 2013- 88% Average Daily Attendance Rate June 6 th, 2014-94.12% Average Daily Attendance Upton Middle School 2014 96% Chronically Absent students Sept 1, 2013- 40% Chronically Absent Students June 6 th 2014 – 33%
P2P at Upton Middle School How our Partnership Developed September 2005 Saint Joseph Public Schools partners with the Berrien County RESA providing a classrooms for ASD students at Upton Middle School and Saint Joseph High School. Academic Achievement, our middle school at-risk program had been started in 2004. One of the challenges that we faced in working with at-risk students was managing severe disciplinary issues.
P2P at Upton Middle School Our challenge was to find a way to reduce the amount of severe disciplinary incidents among our at-risk student population to keep them in the classroom and improve their academic outcomes. While the text based materials that we use in class with our at- risk students “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, by Sean Covey, and “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall provide a conceptual basis for improving student behavior, we found that we were lacking an effective way to practice those concepts.
P2P at Upton Middle School Enter Peer to Peer! The administration asked me if I would be interested in participating in a program partnering with the Berrien County RESA called Peer to Peer. I had no previous experience in working with students with Autism, and given the needs of my at-risk student population I had some serious initial apprehensions. However, I do believe that the best way to teach a person anything is by having them practice it.
P2P at Upton Middle School I could not teach my kids to be more empathetic, kind, and caring by simply reading about it in a book. They had to have the opportunity to do it! The support staff at the Berrien County RESA ASD program provided education and training for both me and my students. I learned to plan lessons along with my colleague teachers in the ASD classroom that would be appropriate to meet the needs of both sets of students.
P2P at Upton Middle School The Lessons Our groups initially met twice per week, once in the classroom and once in the gym. Our initial activities were designed for the students to get to know each other’s names and to become comfortable working together. We constructed puzzles, played board games, drew pictures, read stories, and played computer games together.
P2P at Upton Middle School Our PE activities began with simple games of “Duck, Duck, Goose” and evolved into wiffle ball, basketball, and capture the flag. Each Peer to Peer session was followed up by an in-class journaling assignment and a class debriefing. My students would write about their observations of the behavior of the students with ASD during our sessions, and their own behavioral choices in responding to the needs of the students with ASD.
P2P at Upton Middle School Any questions that they had about their observations would be answered during the debriefing sessions. Questions that I could not answer were responded to by my colleague teachers in the ASD classroom, or support staff from the RESA. How did we measure a change in empathy? I was fortunate to be trained in Choice Theory by Dr. Bradley Greene of the Glasser Institute. He told me about an interesting program being developed at The University of Pennsylvania called “Positive Psychology”.
P2P at Upton Middle School We incorporated the VIA Signature Strengths Survey for kids into our Pre and post testing for the at-risk students. The test measures the top 10 traits which influence an individual’s personality. It is free and available to use on-line at https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/user/login?destination=node/ 463 https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/user/login?destination=node/ 463
P2P at Upton Middle School The Results Empathy improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants as measured by the VIA Signature Strength for Children scale from The University of Pennsylvania. At-Risk students in my classes demonstrated a consistent 25- 30% reduction in severe disciplinary incidents during the school year while participating in P2P between 2005-2014.
The academic benefits Academic performance improved for the majority of the At-Risk participants in P2P between 2005-2014. Cumulative GPA 1.3 September 1 st, 2013 (pre-P2P). Cumulative GPA 2.0 June 6 th, 2014 (post-P2P) Average Daily Attendance Rate Sept. 1 st, 2013- 88% Average Daily Attendance Rate June 6 th, 2014-94.12%
P2P at Upton Middle School The previous videos were produced by the students in the Academic Achievement Class at Upton Middle School. They created the questions, conducted the interviews, and edited the final product independently. It provides what I feel is one of the most authentic arguments to be made for P2P programs in our schools. It is my sincere hope that we have helped contribute in some way to the future success of your program.
Game #7 Teams Each Select One Person from Their Team to Participate in Game 7 Participants Go To The Center Tables
What’s Next… Date for this Group to Meet for the following School Year? Do We Want to Meet?
Summary – Day 1 Minute to Win It Games On Flash Drives Oprah Time! – Score Board – Posters – Minute to Win It Games – Flash Drives – Prizes – Candy – Take Everything With You Except Tables and Chairs
What’s Next… Paper Plate Awards Individual and Team Awards 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd Place Finishers
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