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Special Education

Maintain and enhance the effective service delivery programs in the area of special education.

EXPLANATION OF ACTIONS

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was created by Brie Cederna in January 2016. Request for volunteers was made to certified Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists and Social Workers.

The first official Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on February 25, 2016. The focus of the meeting was to identify the purpose of the committee as well as proposed topics.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on March 29, 2016. The focus of the meeting was to discuss Supported Study Halls and Strategic Learning.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was meeting held on April 20, 2016. The focus of the meeting was on our special education curriculum. The team discussed needs for the upcoming school year: Read 180, Math 180, System 44, Transition Curriculum, Discovery Learning (Science), novel sets for instructional English, etc.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on May 11, 2016. The topics of this meeting included: Autism Itinerant usage, and summer co-teaching training. Fall meeting date was determined and process for allowing additional volunteer members was discussed.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on September 7, 2016. This was the first meeting of the year. The topics discussed included: Autism Itinerant, reflection on Co-Teaching Training, ESY and Caseload Model.

The Special Education Department Chairs (Randee Kallison & Chris Waters) welcomed special education teachers from the following sender schools for fall articulation and planning: Antioch Upper Grade, Palombi, Millburn Middle, Grasslake, and Emmons. 30 special education staff members from these schools took tours of CHSD117 special education programs during the morning session. In the afternoon, everyone met at the district office to learn more about our continuum of services directly from our own special education teachers. Presenters included: Michelle Bank (District), Leona Swieton (ACHS), Jamie Atkinson (ACHS), and Melissa Cross (LCHS). A follow-up survey was sent to all participants in order to gain feedback for future planning with these types of events.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on October 12, 2016. The topics discussed included: professional development for staff, finalizing co-teaching training recommendations, proposals for improving current ESY services and revisiting the Caseload Model for next year.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on November 2, 2016. The topics discussed included: Strategic Learning, finalized dates for ESY and Parent University ideas for Class of 2021 enrollment night (January).

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on December 7, 2016. The topics discussed included: Strategic Learning data from semester 1 (grades, attendance, missing assignments). The committee also discussed presentation ideas and materials for Class of 2021 enrollment night in January. Presenters (Andrew Seketa, Kara Bolton, Michelle Bank & Marion Knieling) will focus on informing parents of the role of case managers at the high school level as well as expectations for homework, independence and utilizing resources.

The School Board approved 2 new course proposals for the 2017-18 school year for special education. Following a needs assessment of our instructional courses, the department chairs (Randee Kallison & Chris Waters) requested adding 2 courses to allow students the ability to take modified courses required for graduation. The two classes that were approved for the following year are Life Resource Management 400 and Earth & Space Systems 301.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee meeting was held on January 11, 2017. The main focus was on the presentation for the Class of 2021 open house (January 18, 2017). Final presentation and handout will be uploaded. The committee also discussed the use of our LASSO Itinerant from SEDOL. This was a new contract this year. Feedback was provided by teachers and administrators regarding our request for services next fall.

Special Education Teachers presented to parents of the Class of 2021 on what to expect when your student enters high school with an IEP. Presenters included: Andrew Seketa & Kara Bolton (ACHS), Brian Kelly, Marion Knieling and Michelle Bank (LCHS). Presentations and handouts attached.

District-wide Special Education Test Prep Committee met on January 10, 2017. Members include: Randee Kallison, Chris Waters, Jen Halverson, Melissa Cross, Bob Staudt, Diane Scott, Leona Swieton, Mary Kelly, Neil Farlow, Keith West and Helene Schulze. Topics included: curriculum for instructional classes, curriculum for test prep course (next year), test format, content on tests and Google Classroom. The next meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2017.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on February 8, 2017. The topics discussed included improving co-teaching practices and summer training for staff as well as curriculum in our Instructional, LOP and ED classes.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on March 8, 2017. The topics discussed included co-teaching practices (upcoming summer training) and curriculum review for special education courses. In addition, a case manager model was discussed as an option for future years and how that would impact current services.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on April 12, 2017. The topics discussed included co-teaching data collection and curriculum requests for 2017-18 school year.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on May 10, 2017. The topics discussed included the co-teaching training that will be held on July 31, 2017 as well as IDEA grant requests for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, the committee members looked at co-teaching walk-through data that was collected the previous week and made recommendations for sharing the results and planning for future professional development. The next meeting will be held in September. Dr. Cederna will put out a request for committee members in August.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee made recommendations for the 2017 co-teaching training that was provided on July 31, 2017. Randee Kallison and Chris Waters were the lead presenters. In addition, current co-teachers presented information on various models of co-teaching as well as reflected on their own experiences. The training was comprised of three parts: Co-teaching 101 for new teachers and those who may want a refresher, Co-teaching for those who have already had some professional development in the past year as well as prep time for teachers to start establishing rapport and/or beginning their lesson plans.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on September 12, 2017. The topics discussed included the co-teaching training that was held in August and the feedback received from the participants. In addition, the committee discussed dates for the fall walk through data collection on co-taught classes (first week of November). The curriculum review cycle was reviewed. US History and Earth/Space Science were completed during the 16-17 SY. The curriculum that will be reviewed this school year will be Instructional Health, Personal Finance and Global Studies. Dr. Cederna shared information on the partnership with District Management Group and how they will help us assess our systems for supporting struggling students. Lastly, requests were discussed for the next IDEA grant amendment.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on October 17, 2017. The topics discussed included the co-teaching walk-throughs that will occur the first full week of November, the Focus Groups and classroom visits that will occur next week by District Management Group, feedback obtained from parent satisfaction surveys as well as IDEA Grant items and the curriculum review cycle. The committee also brainstormed ideas for future topics for the committee to tackle in upcoming months.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on November 14, 2017. The topics discussed included the data gathered from the co-teaching walk-throughs, the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, updates on the curriculum reviews as well as the upcoming DMG schedule sharing that will occur the week of December 4, 2017. In addition the committee began to discuss opportunities for parent trainings that could be offered throughout the school year.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on December 12, 2017. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, updates on curriculum reviews, DMG schedule sharing, Cum Laude Capstone Courses and Parent University opportunities for second semester. The committee would like to create two opportunities for parents in February and April 2018. The topics will include: Technology resources to use at home and Understanding your student's IEP and services.

Special Education Teachers presented to parents of the Class of 2022 on what to expect when your student enters high school with an IEP. Presenters included: Mary Kelly (ACHS), Brian Kelly and Marion Knieling (LCHS). Presentations and handouts attached.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee Meeting was held on January 23, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, updates on curriculum reviews, Cum Laude, Parent University offerings, technology needs and upcoming teacher workshops (co-teaching & IEP writing).

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on February 13, 2018 . The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, updates on curriculum reviews, upcoming Parent University offerings (February 22), technology upgrades and the IEP training for teachers.

The Special Education Department of CHSD117 held a Parent University on February 22, 2018 at both buildings for parents of current students and incoming freshman. The presenters (Jamie Atkinson, Samantha Sell, Christine Gialo & Keith West) provided information to parents on how to read the IEPs and the how they can best prepare for the meetings in advance.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on March 13, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, updates on curriculum reviews, discussion of the Parent University, summer training dates confirmed, April Parent University, exploring "buddies" classes and teacher assignments for fall.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on April 17, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys from IEP meetings, summer trainings and Strategic Learning data.

The Special Education Department of CHSD117 held a Parent University on April 17, 2018 at Lakes Community High School for parents of current students and incoming freshman. The Google Certified Trainers (Nick Aguina & Neil Farlow) provided information to parents on Google applications and how they can assist their students with reading, writing and creativity.

The Special Education Department of CHSD117 held a Parent University on August 23, 2018.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on September 11, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction surveys and the curriculum review cycle. The committee decided that they would focus the curriculum review on the following courses: Reading 100/101, English 101-401.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on October 16, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction survey, special education procedures and suggestions for Parent Universities both semesters.

The Special Education Strategic Planning Committee was held on November 13, 2018. The topics discussed included the parent satisfaction survey, Parent Universities, curriculum review cycle (English & Reading), and feeder school articulation.