Archive for April, 2011

Accommodations vs. Modifications

Many educators are confused about the differences between accommodations and modifications and how they compare to instructional strategies.   In this video, Cathy Miller, Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region XIII, will help clarif…

Stressed Out?? Here are some things to try

Changes in budgets, staffing, legislation, caseloads, leadership . . . all of these things can lead to stress.  While work stress is not uncommon for SLPs in the schools, in times of significant change, stress can become even greater.  Take a moment …

TPM: Once upon a time we were falling in love, now we’re only falling apart.

So, hey- remember our April 7 Curriculum Council presentation about the Accountability Focus Group recommendations? The one where we shoved our newest team member in front of you guys and she cheered that the group had recommended leaving TPM alone for…

Communication Series: Open-Ended Questions

Making Questions Work FOR You, Not Against You brightcove.createExperiences(); Disagreements can arise in any situation–at home or work. The key to problem solving is listening. And, the key to listening is effective questioning. All types of que…

2011-2012 Special Education Assessment Options

The upcoming 2011-2012 school year will be a BIG transition year when it comes to statewide assessment options for students receiving special education services.  There will be different assessment options to choose from depending upon the subject are…

Two New Handouts – Need to Know Information and High School Math Intervention Strategies in Project Share

Today I added two handouts to the Region XIII Project Share Corner* for you to access and distribute as needed.  The first is an April digest of the top things you Need-To-Know about Project Share this month.  The second is a very helpful summary, co…

Urgent Update: Connections 2 Project Share Grant is Cancelled – Does NOT Effect Project Share

It is important that you know that this is related to the Project Share initiative in name only, and the funding is completely separate. Therefore, this does not impact Project Share efforts.

Literacy-Based Intervention- Where do I start?

I get a lot of questions from SLPs who want to provide intervention that is relevant to the classroom, but don’t know where to start.  My best first place to start is with structured shared storybook reading.  Language and literacy are absolut…

Video Conference Equipment Considerations

After receiving calls from districts asking for advice as they look for video conference equipment as a way to help reduce travel budgets, and provide better student access to information and experts on relevant subject matter, I decided that I would put my advice into the blog. When trying to decide on technology needs, do […]

Social Media In Schools: Your Guide Is Ready

Instructional Technology Update Hello everyone.   Today I want to bring your attention to Region XIII’s Social Media Toolkit.  Please share this information with district leaders. This video is 1 min 40 sec and will explain the why this is imp…