Institute for Small and
Rural Districts
Winter Newsletter
2015
ISRD Community of Practice for
ESE Specialists Fall Meetings
Jackson County Transition Specialist Brian Tice brought his high energy presentation to all three regions for the first meetings of the new school year.

Brian showcased Jackson County's district Transition  Manual which is organized in three elements:   Assessments; Curriculum; and Evidence .   Also shared were the  Results of implementation,  Forms, a discussion of  Self-Determination and  Self-Advocacy, and additional transition resources.  Quality IEP transition goals were covered during the meeting and Jackson's transition data tracking system was made available for download by participants.
 



The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, FSDB , has released their Career Education newsletter spotlighting their accomplishments for first quarter of the school year. Click  HERE  to find out about the career exploration, work, and volunteering programs that FSDB has available for "Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success."

Secondary Inclusion Speaker Shares
Expertise with School Administrative Teams


Sixty six school Principals, Assistant Principals, Counselors and Curriculum Specialists along with district ESE Administrators attended a special training with Dr. Lisa Dieker on October 28th. Scheduling of this event was sparked by her book "Demystifying Secondary Inclusion" which was the selection for an ISRD ESE Specialists' Professional Learning Community (PLC) book study last year.  Rave reviews from the PLC members prompted the decision to bring Dr. Dieker to speak to Principals and their school administrative teams about including students with disabilities in the general education classroom at the secondary level.

Participants indicated on their training evaluations that they felt the importance of this topic coupled with Dr. Dieker's expert knowledge and dynamic presentation style made this one of the most beneficial they had attended!

 
Union County Student
is VSA Student of the Month
Very Special Arts Florida, VSA, chose Union County High School senior Deanna Truett as one of it's Students of the Month for October 2015. Click  HERE  to read about Deanna and how she uses her talent in art to make others happy.

To learn more about the VSA Student of the Month program go to  www.vsafl.org or if you would like to nominate a talented ESE student at your school click  HERE


QUICK LINKS



with a Directory and Profiles of Member Districts, resources,
and more

contains ESE forms, documents, and manuals currently in use in member districts

for the latest on current State legislative changes



SEEN AND NOTED


Check This Out!

Got a minute? Follow this link to  Dyslexie, the cool font that changes online text to a more readable format for students struggling with dyslexia.   


From the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs
  
Ideas that Work


A downloadable guide with  evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers.
 
 

Does your school or district have a success  story to share?  Send us a few paragraphs about a student, school administrator or implementation of a program for students with disabilities for the next issue!

speismrf@gm.sbac.edu



Proposed ISRD Trainings and Meetings
December 2015 - March 2016

December 2015
        8 - Improving Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities, Gainesville
              (For school-based non-instructional teams)
      10 - Current Issues for School Psychologists, Gainesville
               (For member district school psychologists)
      16 - Professional Learning Community for ESE Specialists Book Study, Adobe Connect
               (For members of the Book 2 study group )
      16 - Community of Practice for School Psychologists, Adobe Connect
              (For 2015-2016 CoP members)

J anuary 2016
      12 - Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, North East Region, Holiday Inn Lake City
              (For staffing, program, transition, behavior, and intervention specialists)
      14 - Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, Panhandle Region, Chipley
              (For staffing, program, transition, behavior, and intervention specialists)
       19 - Community of Practice for ESE Specialists, Heartland Region, Lake Placid
              (For staffing, program, transition, behavior, and intervention specialists)
      25 - Professional Learning Community for ESE Administrators, Gainesville
              (For member district ESE directors)
      25 - Mentoring for New ESE Administrators, Gainesville
              (For first year ESE administrators and their mentors)
      26-27 - Mid-Year Institute for ESE Administrators, Gainesville
              (For member district ESE administrators)

February 2016
      18 - Community of Practice for School Psychologists, Adobe Connect
             (For 2015-2016 CoP members)
      24-25 - Winter Institute for ESE Specialists, Gainesville
             (For staffing, program, transition, behavior, and intervention specialists)

March 2016
        2 - Professional Learning Community for ESE Specialists Book Study, Adobe Connect
             (For members of the Book 3 study group)

Click HERE to view the full 2015-2016 calendar
 
About ISRD

 

ISRD provides training and technical assistance for district and school-based administrators to support positive outcomes for students with disabilities across a network of 41 small and rural Florida school districts.

 

ISRD's 41 Member Districts
Baker, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Flagler, Florida Virtual School, FAMU Lab School, FAU Lab School, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, FSU Lab School, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake Wales Charter Schools, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, UF Lab School, Union, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
Contact Information

Institute for Small and Rural Districts

Ft. Clarke Middle School

9301 NW 23 Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32606

352-333-2831

 

 

Renee Speisman, Director
speismrf@gm.sbac.edu