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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Office of Special Education Services 2014-2015 Year in Review #OffTheCharts

Join the HISD Special Education Team in celebrating many accomplishments over the past school year. Each of you has made these outcomes possible. While we all acknowledge growth is still needed in order to continually improve, take a moment and reflect on the team’s awesome accomplishment for this school year and direction for next school year!

  • Inclusive placements for students with disabilities age six to eleven are at a historic high (2012: 33.6% to 2015: 67.5%)
  • 200% increase in three to five year old inclusive placements (2012: 6.7% to 2015: 17%)
  • Continued increase in inclusive placements for students with disabilities at the secondary level (2012: 49% to 2015: 62.8%)
  • The Elementary division increased the number of Explore settings (i.e., Inclusive settings for three to five year olds) from eleven to eighteen campuses. Another ten elementary campuses will implement the program next year!
  • Overrepresentation of African American students in Special Education has decreased from 9.2% to 7.1%
  • 99% of initial evaluations for three year olds transitioning to HISD from Early Childhood Intervention agencies evaluation were completed on time (Over 600 students!)
  • Over 2,000 participants at the 3rd Annual HISD and Special Olympics Field Day
  • 97% of initial evaluations for students age three to twenty-one were completed on time! (Over 1,700 students)
  • Kurzweil 3000 software was universally made available to all students on all HISD campuses to assist in creating digital documents with text to speech support, visual aids, language scaffolds, and writing tools.
  • 96% of middle school campuses were trained to implement Kurzweill 3000 software
  • Out of twenty-two students in the HISD & Houston Community College Transition Program: Thirteen students employed, six accepted into VAST Academy, two accepted into HEART, two will start training program with DARS this summer, and all twenty-two have initiated contact with DARS!
  • The HISD/HEART. Program, 18+ Transition program will begin for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • HISD will begin next school year with the state’s only teacher for students that are deaf/blind
  • Impressive turnout for the Autism Support Group meetings for Parents
  • Over 500 SLC classroom visits this year by the Autism Itinerant Teachers
  • Autism 101 trainings delivered to over twenty campuses

The team’s hard work and focus will continue this summer by offering a Special Education Evaluation Institute from June 8 – 11, featuring training on dyslexia identification, implementation of Cross-battery-3, and new assessment instruments.

The 2nd Annual HISD Special Education Conference theme this year is Supporting Positive Behavioral and Social-Emotional Learning of All students in a Rigorous Instructional Environment and will be offered from July 21 – 23. Sign up now! Read more here.

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

May 20 /S/ Blends

May 21 Alternative and Augmentative Communication

May 26 Action Bingo

May 27 /ST/ Initial Game Board

 

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

May 20 /S/ Blends

May 21 Alternative and Augmentative Communication

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

 

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Diagnostician urges others to take advantage of free hearing screenings

Each year, as a part of Better Speech and Hearing Month, the audiologists at T.H. Rogers offer all HISD employees a free hearing screening during the month of May.

Last year, Kate Tipton took advantage of that opportunity—and she received free hearing aids from the State of Texas as a result.  Read more here…

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