Sponsored by the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

See you at the Forum for Excellence next week!

Special Learning Needs Sessions – Forum for Excellence

The Unseen Among Us: Mental Illness in our Classrooms
Tuesday, September 19 – 2:00-3:00 pm – Redbird E – Bevan Gibson, Southern Illinois Professional Development Center

Connecting Students with Intellectual Disabilities to College: College for Life and Supported College Transition Programs
Wednesday, September 20 – 11:00am-12:00pm – Redbird G – Kathy Haberer & Krista Clayton, Lewis & Clark Community College

Stand Up, Speak Up: Students with College AccommodationsWednesday, September 20 – 1:30-2:30pm – Beaufort – Susan Cunningham, Rend Lake College

For more information: http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/forum-for-excellence/

Hope to see you next week! Please stop me and share what fabulous things you're doing in your classroom.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What Do YOU Know about Learning Disabilities? What Do YOU NEED to Know?

Sign up for the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists to learn about specific learning disabilities and how you can best help your students to realize success!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Technology Ideas for Special Learning Needs

Check out the newest professional development as part of the Illinois Transitioning Continuum on iLEARN:
Technology Ideas for Special Learning Needs 
Discover a variety of technology resources and ways to incorporate them into your adult education classrooms. Explore applications to assist students with special learning needs as well as technology resources and classroom applications appropriate for ESL, ABE, and ASE students.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in June. It is now archived and available for one professional development credit for adult educators in Illinois. Email sipdctrainer@gmail.com for access to the Transitioning Continuum. If you already have access, log in and take a look!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dates and Locations Set for New Institutes to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists

Thanks to our hosts, College of DuPage and Illinois Central College! 

Dates for College of DuPage are: October 20, 2017, December 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018.

Date for Illinois Central College are: October 27, 2017, December 15, 2017 and March 2, 2018.

For more information access the full application at:

If you have questions, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu

Looking forward to great new groups!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mental Health in our Classrooms

Check out 2 new online professional development units available on the iLEARN site:
Unit 28: The Unseen Among Us: Mental Health in Our Classrooms
Unit 29: Bipolar Disorder: What It Means to You and Your Classroom 

For access, email sipdctrainer@gmail.com and ask for admission to the Transitioning Continuum. If you already have access, simply log into iLEARN and check out the new units! Each of the units comes with resources and may be counted as one professional development credit for Illinois adult education teachers if the assignment is completed.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Advocacy for Students with Autism Workshop - August 2, 2017

Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support is excited to host Milt Wright and Richard Pimentel in an engaging day discussing advocacy – August 2, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Holiday Inn and Suites (3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704). The goal of the day is to provide participants with ideas to help students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

• Discover their own value as individuals
• Learn positive lessons that their impairment have taught them
• Learn ideas to overcome negative stereotypes and cultivate positive social interactions
• How to effectively disclose their disability to ask for a reasonable accommodation
Participants will have the opportunity throughout the day to engage in activities, brainstorm innovative ways to adapt the ideas presented to specifically serve students with Autism, and obtain materials that can be used to support families as they help their teen successfully learn to self-advocate.

We invite Special Education teachers and administrators, Community College Student Service Personal, Career Counselors, Adult Education providers, parents of students with ASD and anyone who wants to learn more about empowering students with autism.

There is not a cost to attend but we do ask that everyone register.