State Superintendent's Advisory Council - Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Ma5vn8


									                   State Superintendent’s Advisory Council – Deaf and Hard of Hearing
                                        Friday, January 6th, 2012
                                                  CESA 1
                                             Pewaukee, WI

                                                Meeting Notes

Voting Members Present: Paula Minix, Pam Conine, Kory Koneazny, Robin Barnes, Andrew Konkel,
Theresa Kamenick, Michele Kihntopf, Polly Slappey

DPI Members: Alex Slappey, Marcy Dicker

Guests: Connie Gartner

Interpreters: Maria Rivera, Nicole Mueller

Note taker: Rita Dietzel

9:30 a.m. – Call to order
        Approval of agenda: Motion to approve made by Polly, second by Pam. All in favor.
        Review/Approval of minutes from October council meeting: Motion to approve minutes
        made by Pam, second by Robin. All in favor.

DPI Reports (reports sent ahead of time; overview of highlights given with Q&A time)

        1. Marcy Dicker – WESP-DHH Outreach Report:
    Events in Review

       College Fair October 18-21, 2011 This year, the College Fair was offered in four
        different locations: LaCrosse, Wausau, Milwaukee, Janesville. Attendance was low, and
        this event will be re-configured, after getting input from an advisory committee, and
        professionals, families and students throughout the state. We may offer this event in
        conjunction with the November TGW or the March Annual Professional and Family
       Annual Combined Training Wisconsin Dells, October 21-23, 2011. Over 70 Outreach and
        WDBTAP staff members attended this annual training for Parent Guides and Deaf
        Mentors in order to interface, learn more about all of the WESP-DHH Outreach
        programs, and become familiar with the expertise and experience that each person
        brings to their work.
       WDBTAP Annual Fall Training October 27-28, 2011, Wausau "Calendar Systems and
        Effective Communication" with Robbie Blaha from Texas . 32 registrants attended.
        Robbie Blaha will be coming back to continue her work with professionals and families
        at the March conference.
       Teen Getaway Weekend November 4-6, 2011, Central Wisconsin Environmental
        Station, Amherst Junction. Quest Visual Theatre Company from the Washington DC
       area participated with students, thanks to support from the Midwest Gallaudet
       University Regional Center. 45 students registered and attended.
      C/APD Conference November 10-11, 2011, Madison. 57 registered. Jeanane Ferre,
       PhD, presented information on Central/Auditory Processing Disorders (C/APD) which
       applied to professionals across a variety of school based specialties including
       Audiologists, Speech-Language Clinicians, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,
       Administrators, Psychologists, and Parents

Status of Current Programs/Staff

      Listening and Spoken Language Specialist – This job was formerly the WESP-DHH
       Outreach “Speech Language Consultant” and held by Holly Dumproff. After 2 rounds
       of postings, with no qualified candidates, the job has been “re-packaged” to encourage
       more Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing with expertise in Listening and Spoken
       Language (auditory/oral background) to apply. The sign language requirement has been
       lessened as well.
      Hollie Barnes Spink (School Psychology Consultant) will go on maternity leave in mid-
      Birth to 3 Collaboration Update – WESP-DHH Outreach is currently providing services to
       Birth to 3 Programs. There is still a need to clarify goals, roles and responsibilities occur
       between our programs.

New Initiatives

      Regional Teachers’ Meetings (formerly PST meetings) –Previously, Carol Schweitzer
       held 3-4 “Program Support Teachers” (PST) meetings annually. Meetings were held in
       the OshKosh area. Outreach will be taking over the planning and implementation of
       these networking meetings for teachers; meetings will be re-formatted and will be
       called “Regional Teachers’ Meetings.” Meetings will be held in a variety of locations
       around the state. Similar to the PST meetings, topics and speakers will be scheduled for
       these meetings, but we are attempted to engage more teachers from more parts of the
       state. To gather information, Stefanie Kessen is currently scheduling open-ended
       regional meetings, so that we can better assess the needs of teachers for the purpose of
       planning these meetings in future years.
      Mental Health Summit – ODHH is planning a Mental Health Summit on the mental
       health needs of individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing/deaf-blind of all ages on
       March 13, 2012 in Waukesha. WESP-DHH (Hollie Barnes-Spink) has participated in the
       planning process. The Summit will have about 75 invited participants, representing
       different agencies, needs, and regions. Marcy Dicker is an invited participant and will be
       facilitating a discussion group. Information gathered during this Summit will inform the
       DPI Mental Health for Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind workgroup
       that continues to meet

      WESP-DHH Educational Resource Library (formerly the Shared Lending Library) – WSD
       has a (relatively) new Librarian, Nell Fleming. She has a background in Deaf Education,
       and is interested in “outreaching” to families and professionals around the state. WESP-
       DHH Outreach is collaborating with Nell, by assisting in brochure development and
       design, as well as assisting in the planning and implementation of “Outreach” efforts.
       The Library will be featured in our upcoming newsletter, as well as at the upcoming
       March conferences – Nell will bring books and resources to the conference for check
       out, as well as materials to create library cards for any of the conference participants.
      Strategic Planning/WSD-Outreach Collaboration – Plans for increased collaboration
       between Outreach and WSD are in the works. Monthly meetings will be held for
       leadership to discuss ways in which program initiatives can interface. In addition, the
       strategic planning process (which was originally a WSD initiative, for the purposes of
       accreditation with CEASD) will assist in developing a shared WESP-DHH vision, with
       specific future goals and plans for each individual program (Outreach and WSD).
      UWM ITP Student Intern – For the 3rd year, we will support the UWM Interpreter
       Training Program by taking on a student intern, who will work directly with staff
       members who are Deaf on the Outreach team. The intern will be working with our
       program and staff through mid-March.
      PST/ECE Project - Training of CESA Early Childhood Program Support Teachers has been
       completed. Each CESA PST is now setting up training in their CESA, as well as promoting
       a collaborative meeting with teachers of the deaf and early childhood PST. The role of
       each Early Childhood PST within this project is to be aware of the unique needs of young
       children with hearing loss, possible resources, and to help to develop a network of
       individuals to become “regional supports.”
      Effective Itinerant Services Workgroup – This group, under the direction of Carol
       Schweitzer met and developed the framework for an online toolkit to support teachers
       of the deaf/hard of hearing. The information contained within this framework needs
       further development; when ready, the information will be housed on the Outreach
       website. With Carol Schweitzer retiring, Stefanie Kessen will take leadership in the
       ongoing work of this group.

Upcoming Events and Activities

      Professional & Family Conferences, March 8-9, 2012 (Professionals) & March 9-11,
       2012 (Families), Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton.
          o Registration is now open, with high interest in underwritten tickets to the
              Broadway production of "Mary Poppins" on Friday night of the conferences.
          o Outreach sent out a “Mary Poppins” study guide and suggested activities and
              adaptations for teachers to promote learning via this story/play and to reinforce
              concepts that will be seen if families attend the play. http://www.wesp-

               o Keynotes will be
                      Janice Fialka “The Dance of Partnership: Why Do My Feet Hurt?”
                      Harold Johnson “Awareness & Advocacy to Protect & Prepare Our
                         Children for Social, Emotional & Academic Success”
                      Kevin Williams “Lexical Development and Content Clarity; Working on
                         The WHAT of our Interpretations in Educational Settings” Four half-day
                         advanced ASL workshops focusing on individual subject areas (Science,
                         Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts) will be offered on offered on
                         Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th.
               o Flyers to disseminate to help spread the word are posted on our website
                      Family Conference - http://www.wesp-
                      Professional Conference - http://www.wesp-
               o Detailed Conference Schedule for both conferences is posted on the website:
                      Family Conference - http://www.wesp-
                      Professional Conference - http://www.wesp-

   The Speech Language position description was rewritten to fit a DHH teacher, with the background
   needed in speech language. The ASL requirement was adjusted, with the caveat that their ASL skills
   improve to a certain level within the one-year probation.

   Reviewed some of the highlights of the upcoming Professional and Family Conferences.

   Nell, Librarian at WSD, reached out to Marcy to upgrade the professional lending library.

   WESP, both Outreach & WSD, are beginning the process of a strategic plan, opening the opportunity for
   additional collaboration.

   The lessened participation at the College Fair was discussed and a suggestion was made to add it as a
   break out at the Family Conference next year.

2. Alex Slappey – WSD Report

   The new school building received final approval. On target to break ground Spring of this year and move
   into the building the Fall of 2013.

   WSD Football team won its’ 4th consecutive championship.

     Connie – WSD recently filled a key vacancy, the ASL Specialist. We hired Joel Mankowski. Jennifer
     Sullivan has been hired as the new full time interpreter. There are still part time interpreter, Speech
     Language Teacher and Athletic Director vacancies

     WSD has two intern student teachers this year.

     Connie would like to encourage everyone to continue to visit the WSD website. There are more blogs
     and updates.

     Children’s Book week – at WSD have deaf signers read the books and other activities. These books can
     be borrowed from the WSD lending library.

     Goal 6: Professional Development

     Decision to focus on Administrators category (Building Principals, Special Education Directors, School
                     1. Need to elaborate on Best Practices
1. What do we         From an administrators view - One focus is to meet the state requirements, not
                      necessarily qualitatively for the student.
  need to know?

2. What’s already     How to serve all kids?
   being done?
                      DPI releases bulletins on some of these issues. Not all at once, but as an issue arises and
                      is updated. Alex suggested to keep a central place for these bulletins so all
                      administrators can access.

     Connie shared that some schools for the deaf are using You Tube channels and that could be a resource
     and all you need is internet connection.

     Alex believes that is a passive approach. How can we go out there and require the administrators to
     access the information?

     Marcy reiterated that the Administrators want/have time for short informational bits. They want a
     “need to know” and “know it now” approach.

     Kory believes having the bulletins in a central location can be a source of support to administrators
     when they are questioned why they are doing something for a student. They can refer to the DPI
     bulletin and thus have the support of DPI.

     Marcy – at the leadership conference would like to see a session for “low incidence” annually, even if
     the attendance is on a “need to know” attendance.

     There is value of hearing what is going on in a district.

     Michelle K thinks along with the Bulletins on the web, include a discussion board so the administrators
     can ask each other how they may have handled a situation in their district.

     Kory would like to see a discussion board for educators, parents too. A possible FAQ with links to other
Polly suggested it be on the DPI website.

Paula – is there a listserv for the Directors?

Connie stated there are 2 sites – ASAW & WiCASS (which includes special education)

         Some recognize sites already established:

Interpreter tapestry
(roles of SPLs, Teachers of Children who are DH in development of Communicative Linguistic

2. Roles & Responsibilities of Educational Team – overviews/definitions needed
(type up a simple resource statement/position paper with the links to the papers for the specific areas
to come from the Council & put on the DPI site)

May want to hear Brian’s thoughts first and possibly invite other Special Education Directors to this
meeting to be sure meeting the needs.

Or bring this information to an RSN meeting and ask if it beneficial or are there other ways to share this

Would like to get this on the agenda for an RSN meeting.

The Council members will need to view the websites mentioned and make sure it meets the “need to
know” for administrators.

Need to provide the information in more than one modality

Testimonials from Administrators that have had that “aha moment”

    a.   Interpreter – EIP website has a link to it on DPI – all there look & see what is there
    b.   TDHH
    c.   Itinerant
    d.   Speech & Language Pathologist - ASHA has one too
    e.   Spec. Ed. Teacher
    f.   Reg. Ed Teacher
    g.   Audiologist

    1. What do we need to now? There was a NASDE paper years ago on what you need to know, but
       outdated and no new updates.
    2. What is already being done?
    3. What is still needed/gaps?
    4. Who coordinates?
    5. Resources needed?
    6. Mode of delivery(ies)
    7. How evaluate?

Update on B-3 (DPI/DHS) concerns/issues – The process is ongoing currently working on questions and

Continue Goal 6 work

National directives
*State directives/DPI initiatives (Alex Paula Pam) Understanding the differences between state &
educational interpreter licenses & make a fact Q & A sheet for that. Link to WIS model academic
standards with a link to a pdf file on DPI children with disabilities. Paula will type up

*Best practices – service & programs; focusing on the whole child (Kory, Marcy, Andrew, Theresa)
Discussed expectation of meeting the child & the list. Make a list of considerations in order to best
serve child considering: communication or language, disability, learning style, potential.

List of consideration for placement options (from Marcy’s book) with links to WSD or how to best serve
in the home district. Will type up & share.

*Personnel/Roles & Responsibilities/professional development/evaluation and oversight of staff ( Polly
Robin Michele) searched websites to see what else was out there. Have some precise definitions for
our state. Check for gaps and make it WIS specific. Someone in the group please type up the sites.

Split into groups to flush out content – see what is already out there.

How to move forward or need more direction?
        Put the information on a document to present to special education directors. Some small
groups are ready to put in the document (the one that is not will finish) then insert into a rough draft
format – send to Andrew by March 1, he will try to develop a full rough draft and bring to next meeting.

        Administrators group is focus
                (these steps begin after work above has been completed)
                1.   What is still needed/where are the gaps?
                2.   Who coordinates?
                3.   Resources needed to accomplish
                4.   Mode of delivery
                5.   Evaluation (research needed)
New Business

       Agenda items for next meeting
              Goal 6: Professional Development (continue process from Andrew’s draft he types)
              WSD/Outreach Reports
3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

               Next meeting is March 20th from 9:30 to 3:30 in Madison


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