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Friday, January 12, 2018

Nominate an Outstanding Learner, Teacher, Administrator or Support Staff

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So many worthy folks out there! Please nominate someone special today! Go to http://www.iacea.net/ to nominate an outstanding teacher, administrator, learner, or support staff.

Friday, December 22, 2017

More Hard Working Educators!

Thanks to the following individuals from the central-southern group for their hard work honing skills and learning new strategies to give the greatest opportunity for their students to succeed: 

Lisa Gerontes-Bowe, Illinois Central CollegeCheryl Holder, Illinois Eastern CollegeKristina Holland-Deadmond, Kaskaskia CollegeAmy Lambert, Illinois Central CollegeSara Wise, Illinois Eastern College Special addition to the group for last week: Joseph Tully, Wilbur Wright College

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Appreciate the Hard Work of our Adult Ed Educators!

Thanks to the following individuals for their hard work honing skills and learning new strategies to give the greatest opportunity for their students to succeed: 

Rhonda Barbeau, Township High School District #211
Marilyn Benjamin, Oakton Community College
Yolanda Bennett, Moraine Valley Community College
Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley Community College     
Kristy Durkin, College of DuPage                                    
Julie Frost, Township High School District #214
Patrick Lohan, Moraine Valley Community College     
Raylynn Stokes, South Suburban College 

It's such a privilege to work with all of you!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Excellent Resource from the Autism Training Technical Assistance Project

Check out this new website: http://autismcollegeandcareer.com/ 

You'll find excellent information for students, families, educators, employers, and community members - in other words - everyone!

The Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA) seeks to develop and present resources that assist individuals with Autism in their transition from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment.

The ATTA also seeks to provide training and support to important stakeholders as they work to provide an equitable experience for individuals with autism.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Try wordle in your classroom

Thanks to Sara Flier-Layton for the following classroom resource recommendation. Sara is part of the central-southern cohort of the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.


Wordle is a work/concept mapping website that we have used for brain storming as part of writing activities, but also as a way of "artistically" display related thoughts, emotions, or just adjectives in general.

I was first introduced to this program while in an adult dysfunctions class.  I loved it so much, I still use it!

Sara Flier-Layton
Adult and Alternative Education
Lake Land College

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stand Up, Speak Up: Students with College Accommodations

Thanks to Susan Cunningham of Rend Lake College for sharing her expertise. Susan has extensive experience assisting college students in her role as Disability Access Services Coordinator at Rend Lake. We certainly hope to have Susan present at additional conferences!                              

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.