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The Coastline Newsletter December 2003 Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System/East serving Brevard & Volusia Counties volume XXIII #2 Steps to ESE Certification PDA-ESE ESE K-12 (new July 2002) Professional Development Alternatives • Contact your school district for Exceptional Student Educators certification office, ask ques- tions, and confirm deadlines. PDA-ESE, developed by the Florida Department of Education, is a pro- • Apply for temporary certifi- gram of online modules designed for educators working with students in cation based on your college exceptional student education programs. The PDA-ESE Modules are aligned major. with the ESE K-12 certification competencies – Foundations of ESE, Posi- • Take approximately 20 se- tive Behavioral Support, Assessment and Evaluation, Instructional Prac- mester hours of professional tices in ESE, Language Development and Communication Skills, Interper- preparation courses OR com- sonal Interactions and Participation and Transition. Credit from the Mod- plete a District Alternative ules may be used to fulfill the 6 hour out-of-field requirement. Certification Program, if not an education major. PDA-ESE is especially designed to meet the needs of teachers… • Take a minimum of 6 semes- • assigned out-of-field in exceptional student education ter hours annually as long as • seeking initial certification in exceptional student education you are out-of-field. • preparing to take the ESE K-12 Certification Exam • Take appropriate ESE courses • seeking renewal of certification in any area to prepare for the certification • seeking targeted instruction to address areas of need indicated exam and be well qualified to on annual performance evaluations work with ESE students. PDA-ESE module requirements… • Complete successful teach- • Online content and practice activities ing experience. • Regular contact with module facilitator via email • Pass the General Knowledge (GK) exam (formerly the • 2-4 group seminars CLAST). • Completion of required portfolio assignments • Pass the Professional Educa- • Video and final exam requirement, if required for the module tion exam. You may view additional information on the PDA-ESE program and the • Pass the ESE K-12 subject new steps to ESE certification by going to the www.pda-ese.org website. area exam. • Apply for Professional Brevard County will offer “Foundations of Exceptional Student Education” from Certification. January 5, 2004, to February 27, 2004. For more information, contact Cindy Wickham, (321) 633-1000 x559. For information about the ESE K-12 Subject area exam: Volusia County will offer “Foundations of Exceptional Student Education” and www.ari.coedu.usf.edu/ceffe/ “Assessment and Evaluation.” As of December 2003, these two courses will be posted index.html or www.fldoe.org on the Staff Devlopement website. For more information contact Jan Kirchberger at (386) 255-6475 x 60094. IMPORTANT CERTIFICATION CHANGES “New” Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers in Title I schools, teaching core academic subjects to students with disabilities in grades 6-12, must have certification in both ESE and the core academic subject area. The DOE defines “new” as “a teacher hired after the first day of 2002-2003 school year.” According to the DOE, the core academic subjects are English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, arts, history, and geography. By July 1, 2006, all ESE teachers in TITLE I SCHOOLS, teaching core academic subjects to students with disabilities in grades 6-12, must have the appropriate ESE certification and certification in the core subject area. Brevard County Reports... EGHS Career Experience Class having difficulties. There will be experiential activities to help the participants understand the needs of diverse learners. Par- A big “Thank You!” goes out to the Career Experi- ticipants will receive software suggestions and practical low ence students from Eau Gallie High School. Under the super- tech materials. vision of their teacher, Sharon Barna and her assistant, Billie * 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wittig, they are responsible for labeling the hundreds of Coast- * ESF Pod 4, FDLRS Production Lab - Room 402A line Newsletters that go out to the various schools in Brevard ESE 07 January 27, 2004 County during the school year. Their dedicated service makes Claymation our job here at FDLRS so much easier! During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to imple- This is just one of the many jobs they are responsible ment the “clay animation process” in your classroom, from for throughout the school year. In addition to providing other clay to digital photography and use of PowerPoint to display community services, they do many on-campus jobs at EGHS the final product. and volunteer at various area businesses each week so that the * Prerequisite: Comfortable using a digital camera students can develop valuable job skills and hands-on expe- * 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rience, which can transfer to paid employment in the future. * ESF Pod 4, FDLRS Production Lab - 402A They also schedule lots of tours throughout the school year to TEC 29 March 3, 2004 learn about careers of interest to the students. The students are members of their own official Com- modore Career Club and are excited to be in this special pro- gram. They are looking forward to a great school year with Virtual ESE Distance Learning Program lots of career experience and exploration. Ms. Barna continu- Spring 2004 ally requests and uses student feedback to plan future work The Spring 2004 schedule of online courses offered sites and tours. They are indeed a busy group, but they have via the statewide Virtual ESE Distance Learning Program has assured us that labeling the Coastline Newsletters for FDLRS been released. The following courses will be offered: will always be at the top of their list! • Transitions for Secondary Students •Foundations/Introduction to Special Education • Advanced Strategies in Mental Retardation Second Semester FDLRS Workshops • Management and Motivation To register for these Brevard workshops, first get approval These courses are sponsored by the Florida Compre- from your administrator. Then have the secretary enter your name on the appropriate inservice registration screen, which hensive System of Personnel Development through the Bu- is listed before each date. reau of Instructional Support and Community Services to as- Practical Classroom PowerPoint Presentations sist teachers seeking initial ESE K-12 certification or renewal This beginners workshop covers everything necessary to au- of professional certificates. You may download a copy of the thor slides, incorporate graphics, and create multimedia re- Virtual ESE Distance Learning Program from our website at: ports and presentations. Topics: Basics of PowerPoint, choos- http://www1.stpt.usf.edu/cspd/virtual_ve_program.htm ing a template, adding images, transitions, and special fea- Since the Virtual ESE Program is the vehicle that con- tures. nects special education courses from around the state, you can * 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. register for the courses through the participating university * ESF Pod 4, FDLRS Computer Lab nearest you. Each participating university and the contact per- TEC 17 February 26, 2004 sons are listed below: High Tech with Low Stress Florida A & M University - Dr. Gwen Williams 850-599-3152 Learn how to create dynamic classroom teaching aids with Florida Atlantic University - Dr. Cynthia Wilson 561-297-3280 the computer utilizing a scanner and digital camera. Florida Gulf Coast University - Dr. Marci Greene 941-590-7795 * 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Florida State University - Dr. Barbara Edwards 850-644-4880 * ESF Pod 4, FDLRS Computer Lab University of Central Florida - Dr. Bill Wienke 407-823-2402 TEC 19 March 18, 2004 University of Florida - Dr. Penny Cox 352-392-0701 Internet II: The Next Step University of North Florida - Dr. Len Roberson 904-620-2930 An introduction on how to integrate the Internet into your University of South Florida - Ms. Kati Fowler 813-974-7107 curriculum. Gives shortcuts and tips busy teachers use to find Dr. Daphne Thomas 813-974-1383 lesson plans and create projects for their class. Plug-ins, down- University of West Florida - Dr. Bill Evans 850-474-2893 loading, and search tips covered. * 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants must have email and Internet capabilities. * ESF Pod 4, FDLRS Computer Lab TEC 21 February 11, 2004 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kati Fowler, Accommodations for Diverse Learners Coordinator, Virtual ESE Program, by telephone at 813-974- A one day workshop to help teachers become aware of tools 7107 or via email at: and strategies to use in the classroom with students who are email@example.com . Volusia County Reports... ECT - Environmental Communication Training A Program Opportunity for Special Educators While many teachers spend time thinking about how to keep The University of Central Florida recently received a federal students in their classrooms from talking too much, nine teams teacher preparation grant for out-of-field ESE teachers. The of ESE teachers, paraprofessionals and speech language clini- grant will pay all tuition and books for out-of-field teachers cians in the Volusia County School District are thinking about to earn a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education. how to restructure activities and routines so that students NEED Course work will be offered in one of these convenient ways: to communicate! • WWW – delivered solely through Internet • Mixed mode – combination of web delivery with 1-2 The classroom-based teams are participating in a year long live meetings training program called ECT, which is the short name for Envi- • Web enhanced one week courses – summer term only. ronmental Communication Teaching. The program focuses on (Face to face with web activities.) students who have not developed functional communication The focus of the coursework will be: skills and who may need to use augmentative communication • Teacher competencies specific to students with special systems in order to be successful, interactive, and participatory needs individuals. The augmentative communication systems may • Preparation for collaboration with parents, families, and include rudimentary gestures, sign language, low-tech picture agencies communication boards, simple single-message voice output • Reflective practices and mentoring devices and/or sophisticated, digitized or synthesized voice This grant differs from others in two primary ways: output communication devices. 1. All courses will be offered through alternative modes – web, web-enhanced with limited Saturday meeting, and The program began on October 9 and 10 and will continue week long summer and; through May 2004. Susan McCloskey, of the Volusia Adaptive 2. Participants from Lake, Osceola, Volusia, Sumter, and and Assistive Technology Team, instructed and facilitated as Citrus Counties will have first priority. the teams worked diligently to plan activities that will be imple- UCF will begin the first cohort in the program as early mented in their school environments with a renewed focus on as spring 2004. For more information contact NancyAguinaga communication goals. Two of the teams included a parent as a Project Assistant, UCF at Onlineese@mail.ucf.edu team member, so that the strategies can be applied at home. Offered by: UCF, Florida Inclusion Network, and Project CENTRAL Activities that might have been adult initiated are changed to encourage child directives. Activities that might have had all the materials “ready” and waiting, will require the students to Join Us! at “Pathways to Transition” request the needed items. The challenge for some of the stu- dents who have severe physical impairments is to allow them The Volusia/Flagler Community Transition Team (VFCTT) to experience the power of communication and how it can help in partnership with Volusia County Schools is sponsoring the them control their world more interdependently. The challenge second annual “Pathways to Transition” Fair! Here’s an op- for other students, who may be able to get what they want by portunity for ESE teachers, ESE students and parents of ESE simply walking over and reaching for it, is to give them oppor- students to speak with state and local agency representatives tunities to solve problems by using communication skills in- and potential employers; learn about transition from school stead. to post-school, self advocacy for the disabled, IDEA, Sup- ported Competitive Employment, high school diploma op- In addition to changes in student behavior the program focuses tions, Social Security, community college programs for stu- on teaching the classroom adults how to be better communica- dents with disabilities, and more! Board the Career Connec- tion partners to students who need increased processing time tion Bus! International speaker and advocate for people with and increased response time to initiate a communicative inter- disabilities, Dale DiLeo, will address participants regarding action. The activities that each team targets will be videotaped ways to help youth achieve successful post-school outcomes. to obtain a baseline, and then the same activities, in their re- vamped states, will be videotaped three more times before the When: Wednesday, January 7th, 2004 final spring workshop. The videos are used during the follow- from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. up training sessions to plan modifications and changes to what is happening in the target situations. Where: Daytona Beach Community College West Campus, Buildings 4 and 6C Congratulations to the brave teams who agreed to put their best Refreshments will be provided! feet forward – and on video to boot! We’ll update you through the Coastline Newsletter in the spring! For questions or more information contact: FDLRS at (386) 258-4684. Thanks to Susan McCloskey, VAATT, for writing this article. FDLRS/East Reports... The Staff Development Protocol The 6th Annual Family Café Conference On the cover of the last issue of The Coastline, we featured an Each year, The Family Café, Inc. holds a statewide conference article on the Staff Development Protocol. As you recall, the for families who have a loved one with a disability or special Protocol is a Department of Education initiative to ensure that health care need. Over the past five years, this conference has the staff development efforts undertaken by a district, school, brought together individuals with disabilities and their fami- or individual result in increased student achievement. One of lies from all across the state of Florida. Through keynote speak- the Protocol standards requires that districts disseminate ers, workshops, and networking, participants enhance the skills knowledge of or training on the National Staff Development that enable them to navigate the systems of service for indi- Council (NSDC) standards. The NSDC Revised Standards for viduals with disabilities that promotes independence and pro- Staff Development reflect what has been learned about profes- ductivity. The presence and investment of Governor Bush, as well as key policymakers, adds to the energy and success of sional learning since the creation of the original standards in the conference. Creative funding has made it possible for this 1995. The revision of the standards was guided by three ques- conference to be offered at no charge to families. Each year the tions: conference grows, as does the recognition of the role it plays •What are all students expected to know in facilitating the support of well informed, collaborative, and and be able to do? successful individuals with disabilities and their families. The •What must teachers know and do in order 6th Annual Family Café Conference will be held at the Rosen to ensure student success? Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, May 28-30, 2004. •Where must staff development focus to meet both goals? The Family Café, Inc. 1325 N. Duval Street Research and best practice literature have documented the Tallahassee, Florida 32303 important relationship between high-quality staff development Phone (805)224-4670 and improved performance at the individual, school, and sys- Toll Free (888)309-CAFÉ Fax (850)224-4674 tem level. Aligning staff development activities with nation- www.familycafe.net ally-recognized standards for staff development and measur- ing progress toward implementation demonstrates a commit- ment to ensuring all teachers experience high-quality profes- Joey Bergsma Retinoblastoma Awareness sional learning each year. Adopting these standards demon- by Pam Bergsma, Joey’s Grandmother strates that we recognize our responsibility to ensure teachers Lake Worth, Florida experience high-quality staff development. Little Joey died from metastatic retinoblastoma on December The next issue of The Coastline will feature 22, 2000. Joey was three years old. Retinoblastoma is the the twelve NSDC standards. most common eye tumor in children and the third most com- mon cancer affecting children overall. It develops in the reti- nal cell layer of the child’s eye. One in every 12,000 children in the United States is affected with retinoblastoma. Ninety percent of the cases occur in the first five years of life. Early detection is vital to saving vision and life. What You Need to Know: 1. Be alerted to your red eye photos. If you get a white dot Educational Services Facility where there should be a red reflection, go immediately to the 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way eye doctor. Viera, FL 32940-6699 Palm Terrace Elementary 2. Make sure the ophthalmoscope is used at every exam in a 1825 Dunn Avenue darkened room. It is the “stethoscope” for the eyes and essen- Daytona Beach, FL 32114 tial to the early detection of tumors and cataracts. 3. An infant needs an eye dilation exam in order for the oph- thalmoscope to detect tumors, cataracts, and other eye dis- eases. One in every 677 live births has a treatable eye disease that will blind if not detected and treated. The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System is funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Division of Public Schools and Community Education, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, IDEA Part B, Preschool, and State General Revenue Funds. *This publication can be made available to persons with disabilities in a variety of formats, including large print, cassette tape, and braille. Telephone or written requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the time you need the material and should include your name, address and phone number. In Brevard County requests should be made to Kim Riddle, ESE Lead Teacher, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940-6699, (321) 633-1000, ext. 535 and in Volusia County to Linda Stackpole, FDLRS, 1825 Dunn Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, (386) 258-4684. * You can access the Coastline newsletter by visiting the FDLRS/East website (Brevard County).
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