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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Teaching to ALL While Meeting the Needs of Special Learners

A huge thanks to Monica Waller of Lewis and Clark Community College for sharing her expertise at the IACEA conference. Monica is a Special Learning Needs Specialist as part of the ICCB Instructional Staff Professional Pathways. In this capacity, Monica acts as an expert resource within her program providing insight into reaching the needs of special learners through effective instructional strategies. Her session title, Teaching to ALL While Meeting the Needs of Special Learners, says it all! Thanks to Monica for making a difference! To learn more about becoming a Special Learning Needs Specialist, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Creating a Connection Between the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Illinois Adult Education Providers

Many thanks to John Marchioro from the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services, for sharing information at the IACEA conference. Great response to questions and a wealth of resources to assist as in Adult Ed to know how to best partner with our Title IV folks!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Special Learning Needs Sessions at IACEA

Hope to see you at the 39th Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators' Association (IACEA) Conference  Dream, Create, Inspire

Wednesday, March 6 - Friday, March 8, 2019
 Wyndham Springfield City Center
Visit the IACEA website to register: https://www.iacea.net/

Check out these Special Learning Needs focused sessions:

March 6th

Wed. 9-10:15           
Creating a Supportive AND Challenging Classroom to Engage Learners     
How do you design a learning environment that fosters support and acceptance while challenging students to thrive in the competitive world of college and employment? Discussion will include group dynamics, managing classroom behavior, and deescalating aggressive behavior.
Bevan Gibson          
Sarah Goldammer  

Wed. 10:30-11:45   
Building Confidence with Fractions    

In this workshop, we will focus specifically on fractions, an idea that many students find particularly challenging and anxiety-producing. Learn how to incorporate spoken and written language, student-created sketches, real-world context, and hands-on activities into your fraction lessons in order to boost your students’ abilities and confidence.   
Becky DeForest                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Wed. 10:30-11:45   
Building Trauma-informed Practices to Increase Student Retention   
Trauma-informed practices is becoming the 'new thing' in education. But where does it come from? What does this have to do with grit or mindsets? And how do you move from research to implementation? Join this interactive discussion to explore trauma informed practices and learn how to implement best practices in your program to increase student performance.     
Kathy  Olesen-Tracey
Wed. 10:30-11:45   

Teaching to ALL While Meeting the Needs of Special Learners 

Do you struggle to meet all the learning needs of the students in your classroom? In this presentation, participants will be shown how to take proven effective lessons and modify them to engage ALL learners and meet special learning needs by involving multiple modalities. Contextualized work applications and Illinois ABE/ASE Standards will be infused giving the greatest possible return on lesson investment.     
Monica Waller                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Wed. 3:30-4:45        
A Universally Designed Classroom: A Space for Everyone   
This workshop will offer techniques for utilizing the concept of Universal Design in your classroom and in your lesson plans. Participants will leave with the tools needed to create a welcoming and accommodating class for all students regardless of their learning needs.  
Katharine Ward       
Daniel Cloward 

March 7th

Thurs. 10:30-11:45 
Emotional Roadblocks Along the Student Journey

Discover how students deal with more than just educational roadblocks, but also emotional roadblocks. During this session, information regarding emotional roadblocks students face will be discussed and shared. Learn some common roadblocks your students are facing, and how to help them steer clear of these roadblocks.     
Melissa Koke           
Chad Murphy         
Thurs. 10:30-11:45
An Overview of The Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) for the Adult Education Provider  
The Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) provides solutions for the workforce needs of business customers while preparing talented, qualified job seekers with disabilities for their chosen careers.  This presentation will provide adult education partners with an overview of DRS eligibility requirements, services and referral information.  A question and answer session will also be included.      
John Marchioro                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Thurs. 2:15-3:30      
Learning to Remember: Teaching Memory Strategies in Adult Education 
Focus and memory are essential life and work skills. Teaching our students to improve their focus and increase their memory capacity could be the most important topic we teach! Learn what the research on memory says, how we can use research to inform instruction, and have fun learning to remember! Classroom ideas and resources will be shared.               
Sarah Goldammer                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Thurs. 2:15-3:30      
Swipe Right for Digital Literacy: Take Your Adult Learners from Analog to Digital 
Integrate technology into your tutoring, adult education classroom, or Workforce Development program. We will interactively present resources that you can immediately use to increase digital literacy among your students, including those with adaptive needs. Surveys, websites, and phone applications are among the tools you will “Like”.
Mandy Dwyer          
Cathy Kramer          
Ramien Manson                              

Thurs. 3:45-5:00      
Create a Culture of Health and Fitness While Hardly Breaking a Sweat 
Mountains of research findings laud the positive effects of exercise on our ability to improve memory and critical thinking abilities. We'll discuss some simple ways to incorporate activity into your program to help students stretch their physical and mental fitness to new heights. Includes accommodations for those with disabilities.       
Sean McGahan                                                                                                                                                       
Thurs. 3:45-5:00      
Learning for All: Practical Considerations for Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Equity through Universal Design  

In this interactive session, we’ll share a universal design approach to make your instruction usable for more people. You’ll consider the impact of the instructional context, technology realities, and compliance regulations in setting learning goals and developing strategies that allow your learners multiple means of accessing information and demonstrating knowledge.    
Jennifer Maddrell    
Jeff Goumas

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tech Ideas from the Field

Thanks to Mandy Dwyer, Literacy Specialist at Joliet Junior College, and newly credentialed Special Learning Needs Specialist, for sharing the following:

I absolutely recommend working with the Disability Services/Center, in order to find creative ways to fund technology to assist students. So many student benefit from read-aloud technology, and have it as an accommodations for their testing, but don't use the technology on a daily basis. Using our D.S. Office, we have enabled Kurzweil/Firefly for our students, which not only reads their texts aloud, but also websites (using the Chrome plugin). It has revolutionized the reading habits of one of our low-vision students.

Smart phones are the optimal resource for technology assistance. Not only are they common among the students, and the apps constantly evolve to meet people's need. Students seem to regard them only as a device to call and text, and the simple act of looking up definitions and using text-to-speech is a brand new world for them. I will definitely spread word of the apps, especially Bigger and Brighter.

I am constantly on the lookout for new ESL/Low GLE reading resources that are interesting. I had heard about California Distance Learning. It seems similar to the News for You online resources, but News for You is a paid resource. California Distance Learning seems more appealing for my community partners.

Monday, October 15, 2018

SLN Foundations Participants Share!

Thanks to the newly created Special Learning Needs Foundations groups that met at Lincoln Land College and at the Pui Tak Center for your participation and insight into how to best meet the needs of our adult education students! 

Please post below your application exercise using one strategy for student-centered teaching. Please share how your students benefited from this activity. Please also share any suggestions you have for other teachers as they plan to incorporate your idea. Check back to read other participants experiences. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

IATP provides the following core programs:
Assistive Technology Demonstrations
Assistive Technology Device Loans
Assistaive Technology State Financing
Assistive Technology Reutilization

IATP also provides Information and Assistance, Training and Technical Assistance on a variety of AT topics, as well as, collaborates with state agencies and disability organizations statewide to improve and expand policies and practices to include greater access to and funding for AT.

For more information, visit their website at: https://www.iltech.org/

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Special Learning Needs Training Opportunity - Please Share with Colleagues!

The newly created Foundations of Special Learning Needs focuses on informal assessments and instructional strategies to address special learning needs and effective instructional practices for all. It is a shortened training opportunity that can give basic knowledge of addressing special learning needs.

This hybrid training will meet once in-person for a half day and will contain two online training components with application exercises. Thanks to the two hosts for these sessions: Pui Tak and Lincoln Land. Participants can chose to attend at one location.


Self-paced online – August 27, 2018 – October 12, 2018                                 
In-person Day: Friday, October 19, 2018 9:00am – 12:30pm  Pui Tak Center

Self-paced online – August 27, 2018 – October 5, 2018
In-person Day: Friday, October 12, 2018 9:00am – 12:30pm  Lincoln Land Community College 

The Foundations training, as well the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, are part of the ICCB Instructional Staff Professional Pathways for Special Learning Needs. Successful completion of the Foundations training will provide credit towards completion of the Institute. Foundations training can also be completed as a stand-alone module.

Visit the PD Portal for applications and for more information: 

Questions should be addressed to Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu