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Kindle Winner Announced for
Parent School Partnership Plan Input!
Baila Gansburg from South Florida Jewish Academy! She was randomly picked to win a Kindle for sharing her
Parent-School Partnership Plan structures and processes in our brand new online PSPP database!
One of their new successful processes was
adding student assessments to their Orientation event. In her words, "Prior to the start of school, each student was invited to come by appointment and be assessed in curricular areas while the parents met the Principal and discussed particulars about their children. Parents were asked to fill out a volunteer form expressing their choice of where they can best partner and assist throughout the school and/or with students. This gave us the opportunity to understand specific student needs prior to the start of school. Teachers were better able to adjust their curriculum to meet the needs of their students. Parents were more involved throughout the year."
October 2015 - SUFS had
3,651 Gardiner Scholarships.
October 2016 - SUFS has
6,397 Gardiner Scholarships!
Educators Want More Mobile Technologies for Classroom Use
Special education teachers are more likely to use mobile apps with their students than general education teachers, but are not receiving enough formal training on the use of mobile technology for instructional purposes, according to a report released today as part of a new initiative examining the role of mobile technology in special ed. Read the full posting below:
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and
Disability History Month
NDEAM was first established in 1945 by Congress, but called "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1988 it became known as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and was extended from the first week of October to the whole month.
This blog discusses parent beliefs about the importance of and information learned through formative assessments over the school year.
Click on the title to view the blog entry
CALLING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
APPLY TO BE A PAGE OR MESSENGER FOR A WEEK TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
CLICK IMAGE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE Pages and Messengers are students who come to the Capitol and work one week during the 60-day Regular Session. Each of our 120 Representatives may sponsor one Page (ages 12-14) and one Messenger (ages 15-18). Being selected to serve is an honor and privilege. Pages and Messengers assist the Representatives and their staff during the Capitol's busiest time of year while observing state government in action. DETAILS AND APPLICATION - CLICK LINK Note: each applicant has to be sponsored by a lawmaker. This is why the House application will not be available until after the election, since it will need to be sitting member for the 2017 session.
SIGN UP GENIUS Program Engages Parents at St. Joseph Catholic School
Deborah Suddarth, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton, shares an app for parent events that is working well for them. In keeping with the goal of increasing parental involvement, St. Joseph Catholic utilizes an online program called SignUp Genius. The program was easily set up the school office and allows for the designation of teachers, coaches, PTO officers, and committee chairs to manage their own activities where volunteers are needed. A free version is available, but St. Joseph Catholic School found the paid version very reasonable, with added features that include one site showing all current volunteer opportunities, email to volunteers, and tracking of volunteer hours. A simple link to the school's website allows parents to keep track of all volunteer opportunities (left side of image). A multi-tabbing feature (right side of the image) allows all classes to appear at one location so parents can easily choose their times for upcoming events such as Parent-Teacher conferences or Carnival signups. The program reminds parents of their signups two days before the event, and thank you messages can be sent following the event. The program has definitely made being involved in school activities much easier.