I'm writing to let you know about a great new resource for parents of preschool aged children with special needs- all about inclusion in preschool (aka Early Childhood). I'm talking about Early CHOICES new website: www.eclre.org
Early Choices is an Illinois State Board of Education initiative on Least Restrictive Environment, or inclusion, basically. The site has helpful tools and great information for both parents and professionals.
One very exciting piece is a new online video module called Understanding LRE that was a joint effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois State Board of Education through the Illinois Birth-5 Transition Guidance Committee. It is targeted for families of children in transition from early intervention to early childhood education, but it applies to those whose children are already in school as well....or anyone who wants to understand LRE a little better.
You can watch the module by clicking on the Understanding LRE box on the home page of the Early CHOICES website, or you can go directly there with this link:
Take a few minutes to check out the website for something helpful for your family.
Please share this information with other parents and professionals you know who work with young children with special needs! Thanks!
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STAR NET Region II
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The ISBE Family Engagement Framework Guide is a tool for ISBE, school districts, and schools to use in developing and expanding school-family partnerships to support improved student learning and healthy development outcomes.
This resource brings together research, promising practices, and a consolidation of key program requirements to provide districts, schools, and families with tools to assist with planning, implementation, and evaluation of family engagement practices.
View ISBE's Family Engagement Framework Guide
This is a helpful guide. Please share with your local School Boards and School Administrators. Marian
sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Cook County North Suburban,
Tuesdays, Oct 21 – Nov 25, 6:30-9:00 pm, at the NAMI CCNS office, 8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie.
This is a free, six-week course for parents of children and adolescents dealing with mental health issues.
Trained family members discuss getting an accurate diagnosis, latest research, therapies, problem solving, crisis preparation, dealing with the school and juvenile justice systems, and transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.
Diagnoses discussed include childhood bipolar disorder, depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD, ODD, and others. Parents who complete this course describe its impact as life changing. To register, call 847-716-2252.
Office Administrator & Resource Specialist
NAMI Cook County North Suburban, an Affiliate of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness
8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
847-716-2252 fax 847-716-2253
Come along with Get Ready to Read!'s Inky the Octopus and Gus the Bunny from PBS' Between the Lions on their underwater adventures. These online games involve young children, with an adult, in entertaining stories and engaging activities that explore a variety of essential early literacy skills.
Chapter 1: Gus and Inky's Underwater Adventure
On Gus the Bunny's first underwater visit with his friend Inky, the pair offers young children several short activities that explore rhyming words, word recognition, letter names and letter sounds.
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Chapter 2: Rhyme Time
Gus tries out hip-hop beats as Inky helps him learn about rhyming. Children participate in the story by finding words that rhyme to help Gus write his first hip-hop song.
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Chapter 3: Wild Word Round Up
Gus visits the Lone Starfish Dude Ranch for an underwater adventure with Inky. Children learn to listen for the sounds in words. Gus and Inky help them blend parts of words together and listen for beginning and ending sounds.
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The U.S. Department of Education should exercise caution in collecting and analyzing data on students with disabilities based on their racial and ethnic backgrounds because of the unique circumstances of each students’ special needs, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) warns in a letter responding to a request for comment.
NSBA urges Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) to hold off on policies for the data collection until it develops a cost-neutral solution that adequately accounts for differences among states and school districts, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Further, OSERS risks overstepping its regulatory authority, NSBA cautions.
OSERS is seeking ways to collect extensive data based on race and ethnicity of students with disabilities to address the issue of significant disproportionality. The main federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), requires states to collect and examine data to determine whether there are disproportionate numbers of students, based on race and ethnicity, identified as disabled.
For instance, the law requires states to examine the numbers of students identified with particular impairments; the placement of children in particular educational settings; and the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions, to determine if the law is being applied correctly. If significant disproportionality is found, states must take action and direct a portion of federal IDEA funding toward fixing the situation.
But this type of information could be misinterpreted and lead to mislabeling of schools, NSBA says. It also would be costly, and that money might be better spent on educational services for students with disabilities.
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OSERS requested comment on how it could build a “standard approach” to ensure states and school districts do not have significant disproportionality, and how to account for the inherent differences between individual states and school districts.
NSBA noted that there are many factors to consider, including:
• The demographics of student populations, including the number of students identified for special
education, change from year to year;
• Staff turnover and a national shortage of K-12 teachers certified in special education, which impacts
the number of personnel available at each school who are trained in the identification and evaluation process; and
• Redistricting and school consolidation directly impact student population data and can appear as disparities.
Most importantly, data should not be read or interpreted in a vacuum, NSBA says. For instance, small school districts or school districts with only small percentages of minority students might have a small number of minority students with disabilities, but proportionately those students can make up a sizable percentage of the special education enrollment and appear to be disproportionate.
Meghan Murphy & Associates and Erin Anderson & Associates Announces
Fall FRIENDS Group!
We are now accepting applications for our Fall FRIENDS groups. Group will run September 15th through the week of December 20th. Group will not be in session during the week of Thanksgiving. Group will run for 13 weeks. The total cost of group is $1430. The deposit of $440 and application are due August 8th for returning families and August 15th for new families. The final payment of $990 is due at first session during the week of September 15th.
Early Bird incentive- if you sign up prior to 8/8 your child will receive a FRIENDS Group gift related to your child's curriculum and grade!
Email Shari at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-935-7355 for more information.
Meghan Murphy & Associates and Erin Anderson & Associates Now Taking New SPEECH & OT Clients
We are now accepting new clients and scheduling for FALL. Please email Shari at email@example.com or call 773-935-7355.
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Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s
Education Law and Policy Institute,
Loyola University Chicago School of Education and
The Illinois State Board of Education present:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
This seminar for school administrators will address the research, application and implementation of best practices in school discipline. The state and federal legal requirements relating to school discipline will be covered, as well as the research demonstrating the need for reforming school disciplinary policies. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from school administrators from across the state who have been successful in implementing disciplinary reforms.
This program qualifies for 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) from the Illinois State Board of Education.
The attendance fee for this workshop is $50. Loyola faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend free of charge. Loyola University Chicago alumni can register for this seminar at a discounted rate of $25.
This seminar is targeted to superintendents, assistant and associate superintendents, principals, assistant principals, deans and directors responsible for discipline, and other administrators responsible for handling discipline-related issues. Teams from schools and districts are encouraged to attend the training together. For districts and schools sending 3 or more participants, the registration fees will be $100 total for the first 3 participants, and $25 for each additional registration. Please contact the Education Law and Policy Institute EdLaw-Institute@luc.edu to request a passcode.
Requests for full or partial fee waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be processed in the order received. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please send an e-mail to the Education Law and Policy Institute by clicking here and providing the reason for the request. Click here for a list of discounted parking lots near the seminar location.
Please click here to register.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Education Law and Policy Institute