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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 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                “Assessment and Evaluation.” As of December 2003, these two courses will be posted
index.html or                 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-
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           

                                                   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
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
                                                                                    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-
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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