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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Intersection of COVID-19 & Trauma 

I attended this webinar earlier this week and highly recommend it! I'm planning to share some of the information with you, but if you have the time, be sure to register.

Frontline Focus will partner with the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) to facilitate the 2-hour COVID-19 & Trauma webinar for approximately 100 participants on  August 20 from 1-3PM. This webinar is geared towards front line service providers and utilize reflective practice to deepen the learning.

The COVID-19 & Trauma webinar will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and communities. Participants will learn ways to discuss the psychological and emotional impact of this crisis as it relates to our daily lives. In recognizing the ongoing traumatic impact of COVID-19, facilitators will share resources that support healthy individual coping mechanisms and self-care.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Using Google Microphone in Google Docs

Try out the microphone feature in Google Docs with your students. 


Start voice typing in a document

  1. Check that your microphone works.
  2. Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser.
  3. Click Tools and then Voice typing. A microphone box appears.
  4. When you're ready to speak, click the microphone.
  5. Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).
  6. When you're done, click the microphone again.

Correct mistakes while voice typing

  • If you make a mistake while you're typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
  • After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue.
  • To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.
This works with MANY LANGUAGES! Try it out today! 

For support, click here 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Free Clear Face Shields for Illinois Residents

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is distributing a free pack of 5 clear face shields to anyone who is a resident of Illinois.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) provided the face shields to IDHHC for distribution. IDHHC requested IEMA to assist with providing Illinois residents personal protective equipment which would help reduce communication barriers this COVID-19 pandemic.
This opportunity is not limited to Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing individuals but also teachers, students, parents, sign language interpreters or anyone that is an Illinois resident. Registration for the free clear face shields will be available on IDHHC’s website by next week. Per IDHHC request, we are helping them spread the word. Stay tuned for more information. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stress Shuts Down Neural Plasticity

Check out this video from i-Pathways on Brain Science and the Adult Learner. So much valuable information in less than 10 minutes! Thanks to Nance Heuer-Evans for sharing. Of course we see the effects in our adult ed students. Her final point, stress shuts down neural plasticity hit me as I thought about the stress for all of us in the last few months. I know I have seen this in my own brain. Recognizing the results of stress as we see it in ourselves will hopefully help us consider how to alter offerings to best meet the needs of our students. Nance shares key takeaways in her video. Check out Brain Science and the Adult Learner here.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Differentiated Assessment:
Learner-Centered Options to Maximize Understanding and Success

Thursday, June 18th, 2:00-3:00 pm
Presenter: Sarah Goldammer
Are you giving your students authentic opportunities to demonstrate what they know? Are you using real world and real work options to assess your students understanding? You’re differentiating instruction, but are you also differentiating your assessments? Experience some proven learner-centered approaches, gather ideas to use next class period, learn more virtual options, and have some fun with your fellow educators!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Foundations of Special Learning Needs - May Group

Thanks to the group who met virtually this morning in an effort to learn news approaches to learner-centered instruction! I look forward to your posts as you reflect on the possible ways the 10-minute interview can enhance instruction. Let me know the tweaks you plan to make this valuable tool work with your specific students. Also, please let me know one idea to implement UDL into your classroom.

You all rock!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Universal Design for Learning Webinar Series

Join ICSPS and the experts from CAST as we explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Since its founding in 1984, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) has seeded and grown the field of Universal Design for Learning through creative research and development, strategic partnerships, teacher preparation and support, and international outreach.
Four Part Webinar Series
May 6
  • Participants will understand the UDL Core Concepts – The theory and research behind this instructional frame.
May 8
  • Participants will learn how to design using a UDL lens and the UDL Guidelines. They will also practice identifying UDL in Practice.
May 13
  • Participants will learn how to leverage UDL to create flexible remote lessons.
May 15
  • Participants will discuss instructional design particular to CTE and how UDL can inform some of these designs. 

Each webinar has a separate registration form.

Each webinar will start at 1:00 PM.

Each webinar will be recorded.

Each webinar recording and materials can be found on the ICSPS website.