Embracing mistakes as an educator

Educators understand that failing is a huge part of the learning process. This is especially true for my fellow STEAM and robotics educators, whose students are often asked to try something, fail, try again and eventually succeed. We call this “meaningful failure,” and it is one of the best ways for students to build resilience and confidence. Once they succeed, they feel confident in their ability as a learner.  READ MORE

Congratulations to our new officers

In May members elected (thank you to those of you who voted) new leaders to the Washington CASE executive board. The new leaders of Washington CASE are:

  • President – Franklin Day
  • Vice President – Larry Davis
  • Secretary – Joan Lawson
  • Treasurer – Nancy Meeks
  • Members at Large – William Rasplica & Rachel Dickson
  • CAN Coordinator – Sara Sorensen-Petersen

OSEP Webinar – Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting a webinar on June 4, 2020:

Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with DisabilitiesAbout the Webinar

OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants,  toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning.

With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many states, districts, and schools are now delivering instruction remotely while parents, families, and students are having to learn in entirely new ways and facing challenges when it comes to learning during these unprecedented times. It is important to provide continuity of learning and growth for all children and youth, particularly those with disabilities.

This webinar offers an opportunity to highlight free resources, targeted at various stakeholders, aimed at exploring potential strategies and innovative approaches to address the critical needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 era.

This webinar will take place on:

June 4, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

Improving how we support schools, teachers, families, and students with disabilities is critical in ensuring that all students with disabilities, who have been disproportionality impacted by the shift to remote and distance learning, have access to a high-quality education and services that fit their individualized needs.

Please join us on June 4, 2020!  Register for the event here.

Additional information will be posted on the OSEP IDEAs that Work COVID-19 Resource Page.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Webinar Series planning team at osep-meeting@air.org.

Virtual Meetings: Strategies, Tips and Resources from CADRE

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) is dedicated to supporting the prevention and resolution of special education disputes through partnership and collaboration and offers a vast array of products and services that are high quality, relevant, and useful to the field of dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.

Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Here we have collected resources, tips and strategies for meaningfully participating in a virtual meeting.

Visit the website for useful resources, including videos and handouts, for holding virtual meetings.

Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today reaffirmed her long-held position that individualized education must take place for all students, including students with disabilities. As a result, the Secretary is not recommending Congress pass any additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reiterating that learning must continue for all students during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Read more here.

Hot Topic Series: Speech/Language Services (Session 1: Jan 30)

Session One – Defining types of services SLP, OT and PT’s provide

Direct
Related
SAS
SSP/Consultation
Professional Development:

  • For Related Service providers
  • Related Service providers to teachers/paras

Session Two – Caseloads and What to Know about Eligibility

How are decisions being made as to who is being qualified for services?
Is it consistent across buildings and programs?
Has your department discussed/agreed upon some guidelines for qualifying students?
Do your service providers consider the three prongs?
Does the support require the expertise of a related service provider – are they the only one that can provide the support?
How do you embed Related Services into general education and special education?

Session Three – Accountability

How are you monitoring caseloads?
SLPs – evals, case manager, re-evals
Progress Reporting?