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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Dates and Locations Announced!

Visit the link below to find the applications for the 2015-16 SLN Institutes:


Thanks to Triton College hosting our northern group and Southwestern Illinois College hosting our southern group.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu

Please note if you are interested but your program is waiting for your funding, please let Sarah know and we'll work with you.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Special Learning Needs Institute 2015 - 2016

We're ready to make plans for new SLN learning groups. Click on the link below to take you to the SIPDC website and some promotional information. Dates and locations are still being finalized. If you are interested in being a part of the 15-16 group, email Sarah at sgoldam@siue.edu!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Please Share Your Knowledge at the Forum for Excellence

We're looking for presenters for the fall conference this year. Please consider sharing your expertise with the field by submitting a proposal at:

If you have questions or want to discuss topic ideas, please email Sarah at sgoldam@siue.edu

September 22 & 23, 2015

Bloomington - Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier Career and Technical Education (CTE) professional development event. In 2015 we are building on CTE’s expanding partnership with Adult Education (AE). This Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC), and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” 

IBM Training Manual 1991

Here's another worthy technology suggestion:

Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:
  • Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension
  • Effectively teach words, for buildgin a better vocabulary
  • Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons
  • Help improve learning outcomes
Help students to simplify words and comprehend more fully! Build individual vocabulary lessons, build engaging activities, and help students organize.

Thanks to Patricia White and Klaus Neu from Arkansas who shared this at the COABE conference!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dragon Dictation Available as Free App!

 For individuals struggling with writing or for those who may just find pressing all the little letters on their phone difficult, here is some exciting news! Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. 

I learned about this at the COABE conference last month in Denver (thanks to Patricia White and Klaus Neu from Arkansas) and tried it out last night. I spent the rest of the evening speaking info into my phone and texting, emailing, and Facebooking what I spoke! It was very cool, easy to use and FREE! Just search Dragon Dictation on your app store. I may even be able to Twitter now!

Is anyone else already using this for yourself or for your students? Please let me know how you're using it and if you have suggestions for educators in the field.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Lesson Organizer Database Now Available

Check out the SIPDC website which now houses a lesson organizer database filled with rich examples created over the years by educators participating in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.

Lesson organizers are a type of graphic organizer that has been designed and research has proven to be successful with and for students. A lesson organizer, also known as an advance organizer, provides a visual depiction of the information as it’s explained. Although it may appear to be a lesson plan, it is actually meant to be used for the student to enhance understanding and facilitate independence. A lesson organizer is part of numerous instructional strategies taught in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.

For more information on the Institute, or if you have questions about lesson organizers, email Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu. If you have additional examples of lesson organizers you are willing to share, please send them to Sarah.

For online training on advance lesson organizers, a one-hour webinar created by Neil Sturomski is available through the Illinois Community College Board iLEARN site. Email sipdctrainer@gmail.com for access to this and other online training.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Southern SLN Group Finishes Institute Training

 Congratulations to the following: 

Lee Ann George - Shawnee 
Miranda Tate - Olney Central College
Brenna Heidinger - Olney Central College       
Marsha Humphrey - Wabash Valley College
Lynn Gray - Olney Central College
Monica Waller - Lewis and Clark Community College
Mindy Ashby - Shawnee Community College
Lindsey Buck - Olney Central College
Chad Groves - Olney Central College
Tracy Gulovsen - Olney Central College
Not pictured: Brook Sloat - Olney Central College


Thanks to the above for making a difference in their students’ lives via increasing their knowledge and expertise by becoming credentialed Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.