Department of Special Services

BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESENTATION
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Mission Statement
THE ORANGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DISTRICT RECOGNIZES THAT THE
EDUCATION OF EACH CHILD IS THE SHARED
RESPONSI...
Highlights
 Certified Youth Mental Health First Aide


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

Responders
Implementation of the CCSS into IEP
developm...
Paraprofessionals
 Expansion of professional development
 Professionalism
 Creating Independent Learners
 Special Educ...
Transitions
 Special education teachers have been working closely

with the Amity Middle School staff to provide for
smoo...
Expanded Preschool Program
 Fee-based program
 Four sections
 1 class for 3 year old students
 3 classes for 4 year ol...
Student Learning Goals
OUR ACADEMIC TARGETS
Department Reading SLO
 Using the STAR Early Literacy tool as an indicator,

80% students in primary grades (PK-1) will i...
Department Rationale
This goal is aligned with the Orange Public Schools Mission
Statement which is to inspire and empower...
Department Mathematics SLO
 Using the District MEX Benchmark assessment as an

indicator, 80% students in primary grades ...
Department Rationale
This goal is aligned with the Orange Public Schools Mission
Statement which is to inspire and empower...
Action Steps
 Special education teachers are participating in the
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



grade level data team process.
Math and ELA co...
Student Feedback Goals
OUR STUDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF SCHOOL
COMMUNITIES.
THEREFORE, OUR STUDENT FEEDBACK
GOALS ARE BASED ON ...
Parent Feedback Goal
DATA REVIEW
GOALS
RATIONALE
ACTION STEPS
Data Review
 58% of parents say that there are either no parent

trainings or information sessions regarding special
educ...
Department Parent Feedback Goals
 During the 2013-2014 school year, parent

participation in training workshops will incr...
Rationale
 Research shows that when parents are informed and

educated about available resources for students with
disabi...
Action Steps
Provide workshops for parents to receive training in strategies to
address specific needs related to their ch...
Alignment
Director’s 1 – 3 – 5
1 - Goal:

During the 2013-2014 school year, parent awareness of
resources available to pa...
CELEBRATIONS!!
Integrated PreSchool
Technology Integration
Technology Tuesday

Morning Meeting
Community Connections
Office Kosh & Max

Mystery Reader
Family Connections

http://www.mltprek.blogspot.com/
CELEBRATIONS!!
Collaboration Counts
Collaboration Counts
Legal Disclaimer
THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS
NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO YOU
STRICTLY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES
...
Parent
Response…
We would like to thank
you again for all your
helpful special education
newsletter . We took Raja
on Sund...
The Orange Elementary
School District recognizes
that the education of each
child is the shared
responsibility of every
me...
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Kai Byrd's Special Services Annual Report to the Orange CT Board of Education on February 10, 2014. The report outlines the department's accomplishments, goals, and planned action steps.

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    1. 1. Department of Special Services BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESENTATION FEBRUARY 10, 2014
    2. 2. Mission Statement THE ORANGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT RECOGNIZES THAT THE EDUCATION OF EACH CHILD IS THE SHARED RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. OUR GOAL IS TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER EACH STUDENT TO ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, EMBRACE SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND LEAD WITH INTEGRITY. WE BELIEVE ALL INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE VALUED AND TREATED WITH RESPECT.
    3. 3. Highlights  Certified Youth Mental Health First Aide       Responders Implementation of the CCSS into IEP development Department Meetings Expansion of ESY – 6 weeks Improved paraprofessional PD Expanded Preschool Program Transitions
    4. 4. Paraprofessionals  Expansion of professional development  Professionalism  Creating Independent Learners  Special Education  ELL  Math Expressions Support
    5. 5. Transitions  Special education teachers have been working closely with the Amity Middle School staff to provide for smoother transitions for students and families.
    6. 6. Expanded Preschool Program  Fee-based program  Four sections  1 class for 3 year old students  3 classes for 4 year old students  Increases opportunities for early childhood education within our schools.  Fall 2014 Projections    Accepted 14 students for our morning 3 year old classes Accepter 12 students for our afternoon 4 year old classes Expanded the time of each session from 2.5 hours to 3 hours
    7. 7. Student Learning Goals OUR ACADEMIC TARGETS
    8. 8. Department Reading SLO  Using the STAR Early Literacy tool as an indicator, 80% students in primary grades (PK-1) will increase their scale scores by at least one performance band by May of 2014.  Using the STAR Literacy tool as an indicator, 80% of the students in grades two through six will increase their scaled scores by at least one performance band by May of 2014.
    9. 9. Department Rationale This goal is aligned with the Orange Public Schools Mission Statement which is to inspire and empower each student to achieve academic excellence and provide powerful academic challenges. The department fully embraces the concept that all children can learn and should have the opportunity to reach their individual maximum potential.  A strong foundation in reading is needed for success in future grades  Student performance data for the fall benchmark screenings revealed that more than 70% of students obtained a scale score below grade level expectations. 
    10. 10. Department Mathematics SLO  Using the District MEX Benchmark assessment as an indicator, 80% students in primary grades (PK-1) will increase their scale scores by at least one performance band by May of 2014.  Using the District MEX Benchmark as an indicator, 80% of the students in grades two through six will increase their scaled scores by at least one performance band by May of 2014.
    11. 11. Department Rationale This goal is aligned with the Orange Public Schools Mission Statement which is to inspire and empower each student to achieve academic excellence and provide powerful academic challenges. The department fully embraces the concept that all children can learn and should have the opportunity to reach their individual maximum potential.  A strong foundation in mathematics is needed for success in future grades  Student performance data for the fall benchmark screenings revealed that more than 70% of students obtained a scale score below grade level expectations. 
    12. 12. Action Steps  Special education teachers are participating in the     grade level data team process. Math and ELA consultants are participating in the weekly special education meetings in the schools. Special education teachers are participating in PD with their regular education colleagues. Providing staff with the appropriate resources to meet student needs. Monthly department meetings to ensure consistency across the district.
    13. 13. Student Feedback Goals OUR STUDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF SCHOOL COMMUNITIES. THEREFORE, OUR STUDENT FEEDBACK GOALS ARE BASED ON THE GOALS SET IN THE INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS.
    14. 14. Parent Feedback Goal DATA REVIEW GOALS RATIONALE ACTION STEPS
    15. 15. Data Review  58% of parents say that there are either no parent trainings or information sessions regarding special education provided by the school district or that they had no information about what was available.  65.7% of parents say there is either no support network for parents of students with disabilities available through the school district or other resources or that they had no information about what was available.
    16. 16. Department Parent Feedback Goals  During the 2013-2014 school year, parent participation in training workshops will increase by 8% (from 42%to 50%)  During the 2013-2014 school year, parent awareness of resources available to parents and families of individuals with disabilities will increase by 11% (from 34%to 45%)
    17. 17. Rationale  Research shows that when parents are informed and educated about available resources for students with disabilities they are more likely to participate in the educational planning process.  Parent survey data indicates that more than 50% of the parents indicate that they do not have the opportunities to access resources in the community because they lack information about what is available.  Parent survey data indicated that more than 50% of the parents would like to training and information on topics related to students with disabilities.
    18. 18. Action Steps Provide workshops for parents to receive training in strategies to address specific needs related to their child’s disability/development that they can use in the home to support their child’s academic, social and emotional growth.  Create a parent resource center that provides information on community agencies available as a support network for parents with students with disabilities.  Develop a committee, involving parents, in the creation of the next parent survey.  Monthly communications to parents containing information related to children with disabilities.  Serve as a building/family resource by attending PTO/PTA meetings in each school to discuss resources, services and supports available through the district and in the community. 
    19. 19. Alignment Director’s 1 – 3 – 5 1 - Goal:  During the 2013-2014 school year, parent awareness of resources available to parents and families of individuals with disabilities will increase by 11% (from 34%to 45%) 3 - Reasons for the Goal:  Research shows that when parents are informed and educated about available resources for students with disabilities they are more likely to participate in the educational planning process.  Parent survey data indicates that more than 50% of the parents indicate that they do not have the opportunities to access resources in the community because they lack information about what is available.  Parent survey data indicated that more than 50% of the parents would like to training and information on topics related to students with disabilities. 5 - Action Steps for the Goal:  Provide workshops for parents  Create a parent resource center  Develop a committee, involving parents, in the creation of the next parent survey.  Monthly communications to parents  Serve as a building/family resource by attending PTO/PTA meetings. Teacher’s 1 – 3 -- 5 1 - Goal:  I will send home a monthly communication to parents containing information related to children with disabilities. 3 - Reasons for the Goal:  District parent feedback data indicates that parents would like to learn more about special education.  PPT meetings and IEP development are more efficient when parents are informed.  Informed parents are more likely to participate more in academic planning which leads to greater student success. 5 - Action Steps for the Goal:  Create a flyer/communication informing parents of the newsletter.  Subscribe to the CPAC mailing list in order to receive current information to share with parents.  Review and summarize scientific literature and research related to students with disabilities to share with parents.  Partner with a local community service agency to provide parents with information on community resources (ex. High Plains or Milford Park & Rec)  Attend a PTO/PTA meeting and share information on available resources in the school and community.
    20. 20. CELEBRATIONS!!
    21. 21. Integrated PreSchool
    22. 22. Technology Integration Technology Tuesday Morning Meeting
    23. 23. Community Connections Office Kosh & Max Mystery Reader
    24. 24. Family Connections http://www.mltprek.blogspot.com/
    25. 25. CELEBRATIONS!!
    26. 26. Collaboration Counts
    27. 27. Collaboration Counts
    28. 28. Legal Disclaimer THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO YOU STRICTLY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE ORANGE BOARD OF EDUCATION DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY OF THE RESOURCES, PROGRAMS, GOOD OR SERVICES REFERENCED IN THIS DOCUMENT.
    29. 29. Parent Response… We would like to thank you again for all your helpful special education newsletter . We took Raja on Sunday to the "Leitner family observatory and Planetarium "at Yale University. It was not crowded and we have all enjoyed the movie. Raja behavior was amazingly appropriate like his little sisters. We all look forward for your next newsletter :) your guidance and support are always sincerely appreciated by our family . Gia
    30. 30. The Orange Elementary School District recognizes that the education of each child is the shared responsibility of every member of the community. Our goal is to inspire and empower each student to achieve academic excellence, embrace social and individual responsibility, and lead with integrity. We believe all individuals should be valued and treated with respect. Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff and families.
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