Link Lines-September 2019 Issue

Link Lines – Profile of a Graduate (September, 2019 Issue)

 

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Resource Spotlight: Restorative Practices

By Nick Kier, M.A.T., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

In the January 2019 edition of Link Lines, we addressed the impact of trauma on students and briefly discussed some examples of trauma-informed practices.  We also promised future articles that would provide additional information and resources for implementing these practices. This is one of those articles. [Read more…]

The Impact of Trauma in the Classroom

By Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., Kara McCulloch, M.S., and Nick Kier, M.A.T.

You begin your third period class like any other. The students come in, get out their materials, and start the warm-up activity. You notice that when Chelsea walks in, she does not interact with anyone else in the class. She gets out her materials but promptly puts her hood up and lays her head down across her arms. [Read more…]

Cohesive Collaboration for Co-Planning

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Importance of Co-Planning

The importance of planning cannot be overstated. When identifying 22 high-leverage practices for K-12 special education teachers, McLeskey et al. (2017) pointed to collaboration with professionals to increase student success as the very first. Collaboration calls for “use of effective collaboration behaviors (e.g., sharing ideas, active listening, questioning, planning, problem solving, negotiating) to develop and adjust instructional or behavioral plans based on student data, and the coordination of expectations, responsibilities, and resources to maximize student learning” (McLeskey et al., 2017, p. 17). [Read more…]

Planning For Success: Goal-Setting Resource

The I’m Determined (IMD) project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities, to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.  A wealth of resources and tools for educators, parents, and youth may be found on the IMD website (imdetermined.org).  The goal planning tool encourages students to plan while teaching them the connection between their goals and authentic implementation to reach those goals. [Read more…]

I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit and MOVE Youth and Parent Conference

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I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit

June 12-14, 2019

 What:   The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. [Read more…]

Making the Most of Your Time: Teacher Tips for Reducing Minor Infractions and Maximizing Instruction

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Educators are focused on meeting the individual needs of each student. With classrooms filled to capacity and the pace of instruction continuing to quicken, every minute counts. The emphasis on maximizing instruction leaves no time for even minor infractions that may take away from student learning. [Read more…]

Do You Provide Visual Supports in Your Classroom?

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed, BCBA, and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Happy New Year! Now is that time of the school year when teachers start to rethink their classroom behavior management systems. We wonder, “How effective is our current classroom management system and does it address the needs of all of our students?” We might also ask ourselves, “Have I provided visual supports within my behavior system?” These questions are helpful to consider before assessing or implementing your need for visual supports within your class.

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Classroom Management & Behavior Management Resource Guide

T/TAC W&M has a new resource guide to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to the topic of classroom management and behavior management. We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the top picks we found most helpful to practitioners, and identified those that are most family-friendly. View the Classroom Management and Behavior Management Resource Guide, compiled by Nick Kier. We will share additional guides in the upcoming 2017-18 editions of Link Lines.

I’m Determined Youth Summit Application

The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.

When: June 13-15, 2018

Where: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Who: Virginia youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and parent(s)

Application Due Date: 5:00 pm on March 9th, 2018

Reference Due Date: 5:00 pm on March 12th, 2018

Applications will be reviewed and acceptance letters will be emailed by March 31st.

Complete Application