School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) 2015

The theme for School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) 2015 is Connect the Dots and THRIVE!  In the Houston ISD, LSSPs use a broad range of skills that impact intervention, evaluation and services for students with and without disabilities.  In HISD, despite national trends, fewer students are being referred for behavior-based disabilities which have resulted in a lower identification rates, and subsequently a reduction in out of school suspension for students in Special Education with behavior-based disabilities. Of course this is the result of school-wide efforts, but certainly without the general education intervention support of LSSPs, and the detailed evaluation and services provided by LSSPs for students with disabilities results like these would not be seen!

Furthermore African American disproportionality in HISD among students with behavior-based disabilities has been cut in half!  Another example of the great work of LSSPs in the district.

Join me in showing loads of appreciation for our Licensed Specialists in School Psychology.  Learn more about School Psychology Awareness week here .

What is a LSSP?

The Texas credential that permits the practice of school psychology is called Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). This license is required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) to provide school psychological services in Texas public schools. 

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Dr. Perry Zirkel in Houston I.S.D. November 2nd

Having recently completed his five-year term for the Iacocca Chair in Education, Perry A. Zirkel is university professor of education and law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Laws degree from Yale University. He has written more than 975 publications on various aspects of school law and is a popular presenter across the country. He writes a regular column in Phi Delta Kappan and another one for Principal magazine, and is a frequent contributor to the Education Law Reporter. Past president of the Education Law Association (formerly NOLPE) and author of Section 504, the ADA, and the Schools, he is also an active labor arbitrator and serves as co-chair of the special education hearing appeals panel for Pennsylvania.

Session One:  Section 504 Updates.  Hattie Mae White Board Room.  e-train SE2113.  8:30 – 11:30.  11/2/15.

Session Two:  Special Education Updates.  Hattie Mae White Board Room.  e-train SE2114.  12:30 – 3:30.  11/2/15.

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Special Education Awareness Day at Rice Football Homecoming Game

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Students with disabilities and families are invited to join Rice University to watch the Rice Owls take on Southern Mississippi on November 14th at Rice Stadium (2:30).  Click the flyer for more details.

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HISD Offering Free Dyslexia Screenings

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The HISD Office of Special Education Services successfully completed two free dyslexia screening events and will offer another on November 7th at Burbank Middle School from 9:00 – 12:00.  Special Education Services has teamed up with the HISD Family and Community Engagement Department to offer this free service at Parent Learning Academies hosted the HISD Board of Education.

The dyslexia screening includes assessments to identify a student’s present level of academic readiness in phonological awareness, phonics and reading fluency, all markers associated with dyslexia.

A large number of HISD evaluation specialists, LSSPs, and program specialists have contributed to make these events possible.

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Spring LSSP Meeting

Anise Flowers with Pearson presented and facilitated discussion on the  NEPSY II at
the spring LSSP meeting in HISD.  The NEPSY II will assist LSSPs in assessing executive functioning skills, attention and other behavioral areas.  The NEPSY  II can  be paired with the DREF also introduced in HISD this year for an extremely thorough evaluation of executive  functioning skills. Discussion on

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Job-A-Like Super Week

Evaluation Specialists and LSSPs continue Job-A-Like Super Week in HISD!  New initiatives include impacting disproportionality through test instrument selection and introducing FBAs and Counseling Evaluations as part of the EasyIEP system.  LSSPs took the afternoon to learn the new BASC-III and evaluation specialists in Friday breakout sessions received training on the use of screeners for young children and dyslexia identification.

 

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New Evaluator Class of 2015!

Welcome to all new HISD Evaluation Specialists and LSSPs! New HISD evaluators completed their first of three new employee orientations today to become familiar with the culture, expectations and procedures in the Special Education Department. #REMOVING BARRIERS. RAISING EXPECTATIONS.

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HISD Speech Therapists Start the Week

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HISD Speech Therapists kicked off the back to school week at Ortiz Middle School on Monday morning!  Speech Therapists reviewed Special Education progress made by Special Education Services during the 2014-2015 school year, geared up to impact literacy and reflected on why they started their career as a Speech Therapist.  Break-out sessions included classes on Dyslexia Identification, Goalbook, Universal Design for Speech Eligibility and much more…

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Back to Work!

The HISD Office of Special Education Services’ Child Study Division is presenting over 30 back-to-work training sessions for Evaluation Specialists, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) and Speech Therapists beginning Monday August 10th!  A few of the topics that will be covered and discussed in these training sessions will include:

  1. Impacting disproportionality by high level analysis of cognitive assessment results.  Attenuating or controlling for culture and language differences when identifying a student with an Intellectual Disability.
  2. Written translation for Prior Written Notices and Consent forms relevant to evaluation.
  3. 2014-2015 celebrations and review of the 2015-2016Comprehensive Program Improvement Plan (CPIP)
  4. Refining referrals from the Intervention Assistance Teams (IAT)
  5. Introduction of 2015-2016 professional learning options:  Including Twitter Book Studies, Feature Films, Ad Hoc discussions (to provide feedback on policies, procedures and professional development), combined collaborative training sessions with Evaluation Specialists, LSSPs, and Speech Therapists.
  6. New employee orientation sessions
  7. Cross-Battery III methods for Specific Learning Disability identification
  8. Test instrument training sessions.

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Overcoming Barriers: Effective Accommodations, HISD Special Education Conference 2015

HISD Special Education Conference breakout session materials, “Overcoming Barriers:  Effective Accommodations” can be found below.

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53 Ways to Check for Understanding

Accommodations Log 

30 Million Word Gap

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