TIMELINES & REMINDERS
1. End of Year SCRAM Memo: The End of Year SCRAM Detail Report has just been sent to all Resource Team Leaders, Cluster Leaders, and Principals. Please review and respond to the memo immediately. All completed SCRAM information must be returned to the Special Education Office no later than the end of the day on the following dates:
- Traditional School Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013
- Year-Round School Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2013
2. End-of-Year Checkout Memo: The Year-End Checkout for Traditional Schools/Year-Round Schools memo has been sent to all Certified Special Education Staff and Principals. Please review the memo for important details and due dates in preparation for the close of the 2012-13 school year.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
1. Karen Erickson Literacy Training – Change in Location: The USOE Special Education Services is offering a week-long training (July 29-August 2, 2013) for speech-language pathologists and teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. This literacy training will be presented by Karen Erickson, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development for Dynamic Learning Maps Assessment (DLM). The location of this training has been changed to the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird.
- For more information, click on this link: Karen Erickson Literacy Training
- Contact Person: Emily Bytheway (firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-538-7963).
2. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Program: The University of Utah will be offering courses for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst program, beginning Fall 2013. If you would like more information about the BCBA program, please contact the Special Education Department at the University of Utah (801-581-8121).
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
1. Summer Item Writers Needed for the Dynamic Learning Maps Project: The Center for Education Testing and Evaluation (CETE), at the University of Kansas is hiring temporary, full-time staff to assist in the development of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessment items for Dynamic Learning Maps, an assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The position begins June 3, 2013 and continues through July 26, 2013, with the potential to work an additional two weeks based on availability and performance. The work location will be Southwest Middle School in Lawrence, Kansas.
- For more information, click on this link: CETE Summer Employment Opportunity
- Contact Person: Wendy Carver (email@example.com, 801-538-7639)
NEWS AND OTHER INFORMATION
1. Jordan Education Foundation Honors Outstanding Special Educators: Three of our special educators received Outstanding Special Educator Awards at the Jordan Education Foundation 20th Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 9, 2013! We appreciate and congratulate the following special educators for their exemplary teaching and commitment to the success of students in Jordan School District:
- Alison Lavery: Special Education Teacher, West Jordan High School
- Nancy Smith: Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments, River’s Edge School
- Rebecca Day: Physical Therapist, Kauri Sue Hamilton School
3. Retirements: We have a number of special educators who are retiring at the end of 2012-13 school year. We will share more information about each of them in the next blog post, and as we become aware of other special educators who are retiring, we will include them, too. For now, we’ll just say, Congratulations and Thank You, for your many years of dedicated service to our students in special education!
- Laurie Anderson: Teacher Specialist, Special Education Department
- Sue Brack: Special Education Teacher, Kauri Sue Hamilton School
- Julie Buckingham: Principal, River’s Edge School
- Lance Hansen: Special Education Teacher, Bingham High School
- Linda Jessie-Jones: School Psychologist, Falcon Ridge and Monte Vista Elementary Schools
- Susan Johnston: Special Education Teacher, Hayden Peak Elementary School
- Karrie Larabee: Instructional Assistant, River’s Edge School
- Denise McClanahan: Special Education Teacher, Preschool
- Geneie Sims: Instructional Assistant, River’s Edge School
- Nancy Smith: Special Education Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments, River’s Edge School
- Mel Springer: Special Education Teacher-Woodshop, South Valley School
- Penny Uriarte: Special Education Teacher, Kauri Sue Hamilton School
- Wendy Van de Kamp: Special Education Teacher, Bingham High School
- Cissy Wolff: Speech-Language Pathologist, Fox Hollow and West Jordan Elementary Schools
3. End-of-Year Social: Thanks to all who were able to attend the end-of-year social on Wednesday, May 15th! It was great to be able to visit with everyone, and honor our special educators who will be retiring. Our appreciation to Cindy Williams-Mitchell, Principal, for hosting this year’s social at South Valley School!
4. South Valley School – Fox 13 News Cool School of the Week: Last week, Fox 13 News selected South Valley School as the “Cool School of the Week!” Take a look at some of the wonderful things happening in this amazing school!
5. Terri Smuin, Teacher Support Assistant Extraordinaire: Special Education teachers and staff are faced with many challenging situations. One way that the Special Education Department responds is to assign our Teacher Support Assistant (TSA) to help with short-term needs (i.e., testing coverage, class coverage while student behavior plans are developed and implemented, or directly assisting a student during program implementation). As teachers and staff identify their needs, the Special Education Teacher Specialists meet and assign the TSA to assist where the need is greatest. Once assigned, the TSA works under the direction of the teacher.
Terri Smuin is the TSA for the Special Education Department. Throughout her 20+ years in Jordan School District, she has been extremely flexible in the way she approaches each teacher and student with whom she works. Terri says that her role as a TSA works best when teachers are clear about behavior plans, have knowledge of their students’ needs, and communicate that information to her. “Communication is a big deal. If the teacher communicates the student’s needs to me, the things I can do to help will be much more effective.”
Terri has provided support to a countless number of teachers and students in resource settings, self-contained support classes, and special schools. She enjoys the variety of her assignments, “It is fun to see how different teachers set up their classrooms, and learn how I can best support them and their students. I am a lifelong learner and this job allows me to always be learning new things about helping students.”
We are very fortunate to have Terri’s assistance! If you or a member of your team is in need of short-term support, please contact the Teacher Specialist assigned to your school. Remember, the role of the TSA is to:
- Provide temporary support
- For short-term needs
- Under the direction of the teacher/staff in the school.