The Special Education Leadership teams of the Southeast GLRS Collaborative Communities had the pleasure of having their December meeting and Holiday Party held at Watermelon Creek Vineyard located in Glennville, Ga. The day started off with the district meeting followed by an amazing lunch and a fun and “friendly” gift exchange game.
On November 7th and 8th participants from both Southeast GLRS and Coastal GLRS attended a two day workshop that focused on strategies for establishing successful mentor/mentee relationships using the Check & Connect Model. The presenter, Joseph Angaran who is a national trainer for Check & Connect, engaged the participants in discussions and activities that revolved around establishing relationships and working with families. Check & Connect is a structured mentoring intervention to promote student success and engagement at school and with learning through relationship building and systematic use of data. The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration collaborated with professionals in Minneapolis Public Schools to develop the model.
Southeast GLRS hosted a behavior academy on October 3-4, 2017 at the Tattnall County Board of Education. Holly Brant who is the Behavioral Specialist for Southeast GLRS, discussed topics such as conducting a functional behavioral assessment, writing behavior intervention plans and understanding functions of behavior. The academy will have a second session which will be conducted on November 29-30, 2017. Participants who complete the two sessions will have the opportunity to schedule on-site visits to receive technical assistance.
Southeast GLRS was proud to collaborate with JP Associates and sponsor a reading professional development for teachers in District 14. This workshop was designed to meet the needs of special education teachers providing instruction in the area of reading in a resource classroom. The presenter was Kim Burgess, a School Improvement Specialist with JP Associates. Technical assistance will be provided at the classroom level for the participants.
On September 21, 2017 Southeast GLRS partnered with Three Rivers Transitions Council to host a post-secondary transition fair for parents and educators of students with disabilities. Participants were able to gather information on services and resources available in the state of Georgia. The fair was held in Vidalia, Ga. at Southeastern Tech’s Economic Development Building from 8:30 to 3:30.
Both veteran and beginning special education teachers met at Southeast GLRS on September 19, 2017 to discuss the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA). Joy Peterson, an independent GAA consultant, presented the group with topics that included an overview of the GAA, standards selection, determining central standards-based skills, and developing appropriate instructional tasks. The teachers were able to participate in practical, hands-on activities in the morning and in the afternoon they were able to work on their individual student portfolios.
On September 19, 2017 a group of 40 special education paraprofessionals met at the Tattnall County Board of Education to start their journey of a four session paraprofessional training. The first session addressed the qualities of a good paraprofessional and issues around confidentiality in special education. The group was engaged in various activities and discussions. The next session will be in October where the participants will learn about the different types of disabilities in the classroom.
On August 22, 2017 both Coastal GLRS and Southeast GLRS participated in a professional development to learn about the intervention Check & Connect. Check & Connect is an intervention used with grades K-12 and is designed for students who display warning signs of disengagement with school and in return become students at risk for dropping out. This workshop was introduced to Districts 14 and 15 to assist with providing evidence based interventions as part of the state SSIP initiative.
On February 3rd Southeast GLRS and the special education directors of District 14 honored special educators that were selected as the Debra Brantley Award recipients of the year for their individual school districts. This was our 2nd Annual District 14 Debra Brantley Award Recognition Banquet. Debra Brantley was a long-time special educator who exemplified what it truly means to be an advocate for children. Teachers and their families from Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Cedarwood GNETS Program, Jeff Davis, Tattnall, Toombs, Vidalia City and Wayne County Schools gathered in Metter for a luncheon in their honor.