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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Check this out! Workforce GPS: Your Weekly Disability and Employment Updates

Check out what's been happening in
Disability and Employment this week!
Title: Disability and Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are a great way for people with disabilities to gain entry into a number of well-paying occupations in the technology, manufacturing, construction, and health care industries. The technical assistance tools linked here range from WorkforceGPS resources, webinars, reports, and videos have been compiled to help you connect the pieces between the disability population and the expanding apprenticeship initiative.


Title: 
New Release – County-level Disability Prevalence Reports
Want to learn about disability prevalence in your local area? ETA is pleased to highlight the newly released
 State Reports for County-level Data, which provide statistics on the number of people with disabilities for over 3,000 counties in the United States. Each State report includes counts and percentages broken down by county in tables and maps. This builds off the 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Windmills Training: Navigating Education and the Workplace through Accessibility

You won’t want to miss this amazing FREE professional development opportunity taking place April 10th in Bloomington!

Windmills Training: Navigating Education and the Workplace through Accessibility
 
This training is based on the “Windmills” curriculum and is designed to be a high-impact attitudinal training program that integrates disability into the spectrum of diversity awareness.  Join ICSPS and SIPDC team members for an upbeat daylong workshop aimed at raising awareness of the limitations often imposed on people with disabilities due to a lack of knowledge or low expectations. Participants will leave with strategies for success in engaging employers and navigating the educational landscape and work place. The training focuses on attitudes and human factors, but it also concerns issues including legal requirements and accommodation.
 
Target Audience:
         Adult Education Providers
Career & Technical Administrators & Faculty
ICAPS Team Teachers
Early School Leaver Transitions Programs
 
When: April 10, 2018
Where: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (lunch will be provided)
Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 East Empire Street
Bloomington, IL 61704
 
There is no fee to attend but on-line registration is required.
 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Thanks to everyone who attended my session at COABE this year. Thanks to all who shared ideas for increasing critical thinking and metacognitive skills!

Let's keep thinking and sharing our ideas to help each other. Please post below to share ideas you have found work with your students. No idea is too basic. 

Thanks to Julie Frost, District 214, and recent graduate of the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, for sharing her ideas:


Thinking aloud so they can hear my thought processes helps but usually I try to explain why we are doing what we are doing.  I sometimes pose it as a question to see what they can generate.  For example, I usually put a one page reading on one side of the paper and the comprehension exercises or questions on the backside.  I love to ask them why after they keep flipping the pages back and forth. They usually suggest that I'm trying to be eco-friendly.  I tell them that and I am exercising their minds because they have to remember the information long enough to turn the paper over and write it down.  I also thinks it helps to prevent overt copying and helps them to paraphrase.  In summer school, I usually post a recipe for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches outside in the hallway.  I ask the high school students to run out, read it and then come back and write down what they can remember.  It is a race between groups.  Only one member of each group can leave at a time.  It is so much fun.  Then they have to make it according to the directions they wrote down.  Eating it is the prize.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Congratulations to the newest Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists

Very proud of the hard work and dedication this group showed in completing the training in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists! So glad you are doing great work in Illinois!
Raylynn Stokes, South Suburban College, Joe Tully, Wilbur Wright College,
Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley College, Yolanda Bennett, Moraine Valley College,
Kristy Durkin, College of DuPage, Julie Frost, Township High School District 214,
Rhonda Barbeau, Township High School District 211, Patrick Lohan, Moraine Valley College,
Marilyn Benjamin, Oakton Community College








Monday, March 12, 2018

Thanks to the Fabulous SLN Folks Who Shared Their Expertise

IACEA 2018 was dubbed the "greatest conference ever"! That's thanks in large part to some fabulous SLN folks sharing their knowledge and experience. 
Sally Guy and Rich Wince, Elgin Community College
CCR Standards, Special Learning Needs, Differentiation: How to Integrate
 Tara Schwab and Heather Martin, Waubonsee Community CollegeUsing Games to Differentiate, Motive, and Engage


Yolanda Bennett, Moraine Valley CollegeThe Extended Response



Patrick Lohan, Lauren Zajac, Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley Community College
Building a Healthcare Continuum: Authentic Entries and Exits for All Learners



Mandy Dwyer, Joliet Junior College
Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
Thanks to Nikki Michalak, Autism Consultant / Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, for presenting:
Supporting Students with ASD in the College Setting



Thanks, also, to Susan Cunningham, Rend Lake College, not pictured, for sharing Stand UP, Speak Up: Helping Students Advocate for Accommodations 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

IACEA Sessions with Special Learning Needs Focus


IACEA 38th Annual State Conference - March 7 - 9, 2018
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois

Effective Instruction Techniques for Students with Special Learning Needs
Wednesday, March 7, 9:00 – 10:15 am   Plaza 3                  Colleen Potter

CCR Standards, Special Learning Needs, Differentiation: How to Integrate
Wednesday, March 7, 10:30 – 11:45 am Plaza 3                  Richard Wince and Sally Guy

It’s Never Too Early: integrating Geometry into Beginning Math
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 – 4:45 pm     Ambassador          Marilyn Uehle

Embracing the LEARNER in All of Us
Thursday, March 8, 9:00 - 10:15 am        Embassy        Stephanie Woodley and Jennifer Stringfellow

Stand UP, Speak Up: Helping Students Advocate for Accommodations
Thursday, March 8, 9:00 - 10:15 am         Plaza 3          Susan Cunningham

The Extended Response
Thursday, March 8, 2:15 - 3:30 pm            Plaza 3             Yolanda Bennett

Using Games to Differentiate, Motive, and Engage
Thursday, March 8, 3:45 - 5:00 pm            Embassy              Heather Martin and Tara 
Schwab

Supporting Students with ASD in the College Setting
Thursday, March 8, 3:45 - 5:00 pm            Plaza 3                  Nikki Michalak

Classifying + Understanding + Communication = Graphic Organizers
Thursday, March 8, 3:45 - 5:00 pm            Rendezvous       Sarah Goldammer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Learning Strategies

Thanks to Julie Frost, ESL Coordinator for District 211 and current participant in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, for her insights!


In foreign language we used this strategy a lot and I use it in ESL too. Text to self; text to text; text to world. These sentence starters were given to me.
Text-to-self:
What does this remind me of in my life?
What is this similar to in my life?
How is this different from my life?
Has something like this ever happened to me?
How does this relate to my life?
What were my feelings when I read this?
Text-to-text:
What does this remind me of in another book I’ve read?
How is this text similar to other things I’ve read?
How is this different from other books I’ve read?
Have I read about something like this before?
Text-to-world:
What does this remind me of in the real world?
How is this text similar to things that happen in the real world?
How is this different from things that happen in the real world?
How did that part relate to the world around me?
I found this cartoon which I thought was cute!

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