Miccosukee Associate Center
Hubache (hoo-ba’chee) is Choctaw for helping thing. Winter, 2006
On November 2, 2006, forty
assistive technology specialists and
teachers, representing seventeen
Districts in the Florida Panhandle,
met at the Leon County Boardroom
to participate in a hands-on
workshop, Links to Literacy. FDLRS ATEN
Region 1 Center hosted the training. FDLRS
Sunrise staff, Lourdes Day, Jolene Ahlschwede,
and Joanne Stidham presented the training. A warm FDLRS welcome to Jan Oberschlake,
our new HRD (Human Resource Developer). Jan
The workshop taught the use of technology tools in comes to us from BelleVue Middle School where
Literacy Centers. These tools support and aid in she most recently taught Math in the Quantum
teaching the components of effective reading program. An “almost” Tallahassee native, she did
instruction. Through the use of assistive technology, her internship at BelleVue and first taught
ESE students and struggling readers are able to Varying Exceptionalities at Cobb Middle School.
participate successfully in Literacy Centers that She comes with experience teaching Math,
reinforce the five areas of reading. Strategies were Science, Reading, and Language Arts in the
shared to accommodate individual student needs. Middle Schools. In her spare time, Jan enjoys
Literacy Centers, along with a variety of reading, walking, and spending time with her
technology tools, were displayed and demonstrated. family and friends. In her interview, Jan spoke of
Participants received materials to create their own how much she appreciated all the help that
Literacy Center. An invaluable list of websites con- FDLRS gave to her as a beginning teacher and
sisting of online books (some read by celebrities), hopes to give back in any way she can. We are
dictionaries, graphic organizers, games, and excited to have her youth, enthusiasm, as well as
interactive reading activities were also provided. her rich knowledge, to complement our FDLRS
Participants brought their personal computers (30),
and accessed websites, software, and training Inside this issue:
materials. Many thanks to Susan Saunders (FDLRS
Miccosukee Tech) and Denver Lee (Instructional
Project in NIE, Camp READ-A-LOT 2
Television Production Manager, Leon County
Schools) for the technology support. We couldn’t SIM Training, What Does the Data Tell Us? 3
have done it without them!
Trainings & Scheduled Events 4,5
Tech Training , Florida Education Channel 6
Thanks What’s New at Closing the Gap Conference 7
Differentiated Instruction Training 8
Take Home a Newspaper and Read!
Submitted by: Loretta Haddad Literacy Coach
Amos Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida.
At Godby High School, we put daily newspapers Sending the newspaper home with students
in the hands of high school students to support and supports intergenerational reading. Intergenera-
encourage literacy and intergenerational reading. tional reading means reading and discussing current
When I arrived at Godby High School as the news with your family, siblings, and grandparents.
Literacy Coach, I was so impressed to discover It includes reading to and with family members.
that teachers at Godby did a great job of using the
newspaper in their classrooms. Over 400 Providing students with a newspaper to take home
newspapers were delivered to the school each to read and discuss with their families encourages
week. The alarming thing was, at the end of each students to become life-long, literate, informed, and
day, stacks of newspapers were being taken out to concerned citizens. This practice encourages
the recycling bins. That’s when our school students to read for pleasure and offers students the
Literacy Team came up with the idea to start a opportunity to select topics to read about that really
school-wide project called Take a Newspaper interest them. This project is innovative because it
Home and Read! not only supports literacy, but also gives families,
who can not afford to subscribe to the paper at
Teachers send their used and slightly used home, the opportunity to get one for free. Further-
newspapers to Media Center each afternoon dur- more, papers are being recycled into homes rather
ing the last 30 minutes of school. Student media than thrown into trash bins.
aides straighten fold and bag the papers. About
five minutes before the bell rings, members of the This project was implemented school wide in the
Literacy Team take bins of newspapers to the bus fall of 2004. It has continued successfully ever
ramp and car pick up for distribution to students. since. I encourage you to implement this project at
your school. If you have questions or would like
Receiving the newspaper motivates students to help implementing this program at your school,
read. Even the most reluctant reader will eagerly contact me at email@example.com.
turn to the sports pages, the entertainment listings,
or the front page account of a catastrophic event.
September 21-24, 2006
During September, fifteen lucky students, families, teachers, and therapists attended a four day Literacy
Camp, Camp Read-A-Lot at the Florida ELKS Camp in Umatilla, Florida. Reading teams from
Broward, Marion, Bay, Leon, Columbia, Wakulla, Martin and Orange were in attendance.
Fun was had by all while participating in literacy activities as well as camp activities including swimming,
the ropes course, a dance, and eating the delicious ice cream from the eternal ice cream machine.
Camp Read-A-Lot was sponsored by The Elks Lodge, FDLRS ATEN Region 1 Center, and Gretchen
Everhart School. Dr. Karen Erickson from University of North Carolina Literacy Center worked with the
literacy student teams on a variety of reading and writing implementation strategies.
Secondary Teachers Gear up with SIM Training
Mr. Ward Spisso, Executive Director for ESE, has The final training was Fundamentals of Sentence
directed that any ESE teacher who is teaching an Writing Strategy. It was offered on October 13 and
Instructional Strategies Course must be teaching again on November 30. This strategy helps teach
SIM (Strategies Intervention Model). FDLRS the parts of speech and simple sentences. It is
offered the training this past summer and again this designed to help teachers prepare students for the
fall. Middle and high school teachers from FCAT Writing Test, including the new multiple
Gadsden, Leon, Taylor, and Wakulla counties choice section. It also provides a structure and
participated in workshops on various strategies. process for writing four kinds of simple sentences.
SIM is an intervention model developed for Informal feedback indicates that teachers are now
struggling learners in grades 4-12. Learning successfully implementing these strategies with
Strategies incorporate mnemonics and a step-by- their students. Student success data will be
step approach to enable students to learn how to use collected and shared. If you are a secondary teacher
effective strategies for reading, writing, test-taking, and were not able to participate in this training, we
recall, and social skills. The instructional approach plan to offer sessions again this summer. Watch for
used in Learning Strategies involves a multi-stage this opportunity!
process that begins with generalization. Student
progress is regularly assessed. Five strategies focus
directly on critical components of reading. A
wealth of research data reveals significant gains in
student performance when the strategies are taught
with fidelity and to generalization.
The following Content Enhancement and Learning
Strategies were offered in two three day sessions
this past summer and fall:
● SIM Overview
● The SLANT Strategy
● The Framing Routine
● The Paraphrasing Strategy
● Course Organizer
Pictured: Melissa Barton modeling a SIM Strategy
What Does the Data Tell Us?
Does your school or department need training on making the connection between student performance data and
instructional planning? Do you need assistance with aligning instruction to assessment? FDLRS can help!
We offer training that helps teachers and administrators analyze student performance data, including school grading
criteria and NCLB/AYP; student learning gains; instructional implications from test item analysis (error patterns) and
findings relative to alignment between instructional and assessment materials in the classroom and the FCAT Item
For more information or to schedule training in your school or district, contact Paula Marshall or Susan Saunders at
Autism Training Schedule
All sessions will meet at Ruediger from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Date Speaker(s) Topic
January 16, 2007 CARD Personnel Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders
January 23 Jiji Weidner IEP Development and Progress Monitoring
January 30 Lindee Morgan Assessment for Curriculum Planning
February 20 BMC Personnel Data Collection and Analysis
February 27 Juliann Woods Communication Skills
March 13 Pamm Dwyer Interventions and Routines
March 27 BMC Personnel Verbal Behavior Training
April 10 Mary Brown Teaching Social Communication Skills
April 17 Rena Carney Augmentative Communication Devices:
Selection and Use
May 1 Monica Delano Social Skills Training
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Gifted Endorsement Class
Nature and Needs of Gifted Students
(One of the five courses required for the Gifted Endorsement)
Location: Gilchrist Elementary School
Starting January 9, 2007 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday until April 24, 2007
(No class Tues, March 20)
Call FDLRS at 487-2630 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Upcoming C.P.I. Trainings
Crisis Prevention Intervention (C.P.I.) Note: Refreshers are only for those individuals who have successfully
completed the initial C.P.I. training no longer than one year ago. If you are an individual from Everhart,
PACE, or the Alternative Learning Center, additional school specific trainings will be scheduled for your
Date Location Type Time
January 22-24, 2007 Roberts Elementary Initial 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
January 24 Roberts Elementary Refresher 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
March 12-14 Astoria Elementary Initial 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
March 14 Astoria Elementary Refresher 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
April 11 Buck Lake Elementary Refresher 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
April 23-25 Canopy Oaks Elementary Initial 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
April 25 Canopy Oaks Elementary Refresher 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
To register for any of these trainings call FDLRS at 487-2630.
Mark Your Calendar!
9th Annual ESE Conference is Coming…
Saturday, February 3, 2007 is a date worth remembering! That is the date of FDLRS 9th Annual ESE
Family Conference, Planting the Seeds for Success. This year the conference will be held in Perry,
Florida, which is about 55 miles south of Tallahassee. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude
at 3:00 p.m. at Taylor County Elementary School.
The conference is free, and teachers can earn up to 7 hours of inservice credit for attending. This year’s
conference program offers two keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions including autism,
ADHD, stress management, strategies to help students with reading, writing, and math, transition, FCAT
accommodations, assistive technology, and much more. In addition, over 12 agencies will be on site to
provide valuable information.
To register for this conference or to obtain additional information you can contact
FDLRS at (850) 487-2630 or register online at www.fdlrs.leon.k12.fl.us.
In Taylor County, you can e-mail Betsy Stephens at: Betsy.Stephens@taylor.k12.fl.us.
Have you been interested in FDLRS technology trainings but unable to attend because of conflicts or
distance to the FDLRS center? Here’s a solution – let the FDLRS techies come to you!!
We know that it can be difficult to get to the FDLRS center for trainings. We would love to schedule a
training in your district or school! All trainings are available for in-service points. Our trainings include:
The Wonders of Word Kidspiration 2.1
Learn how to use Microsoft WORD to increase Schedule this beginning hands-on training of
readability and accessibility for student success. In Kidspiration 2.1 and participants will receive a copy
this hands-on workshop, participants will walk of the software. Leave knowing how to create
away with a host of ideas, tricks, and strategies to diagrams, writing projects, and activities that are
meet the needs of struggling readers and writers. perfect for all students working in or at an
elementary grade level. Limit 10 participants.
Introduction to Boardmaker
This beginning level workshop will cover the basics Inspiration 8.0
of using the Boardmaker software program. Schedule this beginning hands-on training of the
Participants will create materials to use with their newest version of Inspiration and participants will
students. receive a copy of the software. Designed
for middle and high school students, participants
Endless Ways to Use Boardmaker will learn how to create diagrams, writing projects,
This intermediate level training will share a variety and activities. Limit 10 participants.
of ways to use Boardmaker in the classroom.
Cool Tech Tools for Success
Digital Text, Free Text-to-Speech Readers, & Are you still afraid of your classroom computer?
Universal Access Gain hands-on experience in the basics, learn ways
Using digital text greatly increases the learning to use technology to adapt classroom materials, and
opportunities of students. Come explore digital text learn about some really cool web resources.
and free tools that can be used as an intervention for
students who struggle with print and reading We can train on these and more! To schedule
difficulties. trainings in your district or school, give Peggy
Harter or Susan Saunders a call at 487-2630.
This workshop will show how to create talking
books using the PowerPoint software program.
Florida Education Channel
Broadcast on DISH network, channel 9418, the Florida Education Channel (FEC) delivers quality
professional development programs to your school or home. FEC broadcasts programs developed with
national education leaders, giving you practical information on teaching strategies and an in-depth look at
current hot topics. FEC also produces original programs that focus on Florida teachers and school
administrators. A schedule of programs can be viewed at www.fec.tv.
If you would like something recorded, contact Susan Saunders at 487-2630.
What happens when some of the leading manufacturers of educational software and devices are put in the
same room? Great collaboration, of course! This occurred last month at the Closing the Gap Conference
when the following six companies met to do a presentation on accessing reading standards: AbleNet, Don
Johnston, IntelliTools, Laureate Learning Systems, Slater Software, and SoftTouch. Each company
representative shared educational tools to assist students of all ability levels in accessing the curriculum.
The standard they addressed focused on using reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a
variety of literacy texts.
AbleNet shared a portable device called the Book Laureate Learning Systems demonstrated their
Worm, a literacy tool that promotes active Language Activities of Daily Living Series: My
participation in reading by providing audio and House, My Town, and My School, which offered
visual support. Another item recommended was the detailed, exploratory environments in which
Step-by-Step Communicator, a small device that can students learn about objects and activities
record a variety of messages, giving the non-verbal encountered in daily living routines. Talking Nouns
student a way to actively participate in the lesson. and Talking Verbs are software programs that
provide individuals with the opportunity to
Don Johnston recommended the Start-to-Finish communicate about themselves and others.
Literacy Starters, sets of books consisting of
printed as well as computer versions of profession- Slater Software recommended their program
ally read books, written at three different reading Picture It where the teacher types words and the
levels. On a higher level are the Start-to-Finish program automatically matches symbols with the
Library, books that cover a variety of subjects such text. Pictures can also be imported into the
as history and science that can be used to build program. Students can read all Picture It
background knowledge. documents on the computer, which highlights the
words as they are read, helping the student follow
IntelliTools shared a program called Classroom along.
Suite that comes with writing templates to assist
students in the area of literacy. Their talking word SoftTouch demonstrated their software program
processor, IntelliTalk III, can help students who called My Own BookShelf, an easy interface for
benefit from having their work read out loud to developing computer books. Students use photos
them while writing. Alternate access to the and videos to develop their own stories that can be
keyboard can be provided by using the IntelliKeys used on the computer or printed. Once a book has
an adapted keyboard, which also can be switch been created, it can be used as a template for a
adapted. variety of students.
Would you like more information on any of the items mentioned in the article? We have the majority of
them here in the lab for preview, or we can provide more in-depth training. Call FDLRS at 487-2630 if we
can assist you.
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION WORKSHOP SERIES
Learn to meet the needs of your students through differentiated instruction. In this six part series,
participants will gather as a professional learning community to learn, discuss, and apply strategies for
differentiating instruction within the classroom, including integrating and providing supports with
The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) and FDLRS will collaborate to provide six sessions that build upon the
Tuesday Teacher Training: Differentiated Instruction series, developed by the Florida Education Channel
(FEC) and Dr. Kathy Oropallo, PAEC Reading Consultant.
Dates Time Topic
Thursday, January 11, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Principles of Differentiated Instruction
Thursday, February 8, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Planning for Differentiation
Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Differentiation: It’s Personal
Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Differentiation: Evaluation and Assessment
Thursday, May 10, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Differentiation: Learning Activities
Thursday, May 17, 2007 4:00 – 6:00pm Differentiation: A Celebration
● Presenters: Sallie Payne (FIN), Paula Marshall (FDLRS HRD), Susan Saunders (FDLRS Tech)
● Earn 15 in-service points
● For ALL teachers! Regular Education and ESE teachers!
● Call FDLRS to register or register online at www.fdlrs.leon.k12.fl.us
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