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The purpose of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to ensure college and career readiness for all students nationwide. But this raises two questions: how is readiness defined, and how do we help every student get there? A Portrait of College and Career Readiness According to the CCSS website, students who are prepared for college and/or a career have mastered the skills designated under the CCSS’ English Language Arts (ELA) standards: reading, writing, speaking, listening and language. The CCSS also states that students will be able to: Demonstrate independence Build strong content knowledge Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose and discipline Comprehend and critique Value evidence Use technology and digital media strategically and capably Understand other perspectives and cultures Although all of these characteristics are essential for being truly literate under the CCSS, students with speech and language difficulties require extra help. Overcoming Obstacles: Speech-Language Therapy The journey to mastering the ELA skills is not the same for every student, especially for those with special needs. For students with potential speech and language issues, the first step to achieving true literacy is being diagnosed and treated for speech disorders as early as possible. Studies show that…

There has been major buzz around the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its implications on education as we know it. The 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools released in August 2013 revealed the average American knows very little about the CCSS. The poll results show that 62 percent of Americans, nearly two of three people, have never even heard of the CCSS. The remaining people say they know about the CCSS, but neither understand it nor embrace it. Like many other new initiatives or programming, push-back is often the result of confusion and misunderstanding. Below are four common myths about the Common Core. Myth 1: The CCSS is part of a new curriculum The CCSS are national goals, not a national curriculum. How each state achieves these goals is entirely left to the state to decide. Each state is responsible for its own curricular implementation of the goals set forth in the CCSS. Myth 2: The CCSS were developed by the federal government The CCSS were developed by the states, not the federal government. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers were behind the…

Oral language skills (communication competence) are foundational to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). For this reason, SPED leaders expect increased demand for Tier II interventions. How will you address reading and social-skills deficiencies given budget cuts and the need to prepare for CCSS? ASHA leader Dr. Barbara Moore leads the discussion with communications disorder expert Maryellen Moreau to answer this important question and more.

The transition to the Common Core has kept special education administrators busy helping their staff learn to align IEPs with the new standards. So how does an IEP read in our new Common Core world — especially with respect to speech and language goals? How does your staff need to change their work with students? Dr. Judy Montgomery seeks answers from assistant superintendent Dr. Judy Rudebusch and from Perry Flynn of UNC Greensboro.

Demand for OT in school settings is growing due to increases in cases of learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder (SPD) and autism combined with the rigors of the Common Core Standards. SPED administrators are trying—and seeing success with—new service delivery options, including using online therapists.

The transition to Common Core Standards, the spread of bullying, reauthorization of IDEA, implementation of RTI, and explosive growth in autism could become legal pitfalls for your district this year. You can avoid legal problems by understanding legislative provisions and by knowing how to avoid common mistakes. Special education legal expert Charles Weatherly takes a look at each of these looming pitfalls and provides timely tips to steer clear.

Educators often have questions about online occupational therapy. Is it effective? What does it look like? How can you do it? It can be difficult to visualize how OT can work online. The simple fact is, occupational therapy is exactly the same online as it is onsite, and very little special technology or equipment is needed. Two lead occupational therapists for PresenceLearning recently discussed the ins and out of online OT for our latest SPEDcast, “Get a Grip on Online OT.” OT Advisor to PresenceLearning Robyn Chu and OT Clinical Coordinator Elizabeth Haas discussed how quality therapy can be delivered to students online, adding flexibility to busy schedules, creating a low distraction environment, and motivating and engaging students in new ways. Examples of activities for fine, visual, and gross motor skills were shared so that audience members could see for themselves how occupational therapy looks online. Online OT can help schools in many ways, including alleviating staffing and / or geographic challenges, managing increased caseloads (especially in the areas of ADHD, SPD, autism), and helping students meet the rigor of Common Core standards. Three Key Takeaways: Online OT is effective for the majority of cases. Online OT enables access to OT…

For Special Education Supervisors in Benton County, a rural community in Western Tennessee, finding certified speech language therapists is often difficult. However, Benton County recently used a state-provided assistive technology grant to train partner counties and implement an effective & affordable solution to this problem: integrating traditional therapy delivery models with online speech therapy services. This webinar explores implementing online therapy from multiple perspectives and discusses how blended learning is transforming related services delivery for rural counties such as Benton.

Despite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them,PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage” on Thursday, November 8th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visithttps://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead7. During the webinar, Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University, and Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their insights on the reasons for the shortage, as well as what districts can do to ensure that students receive the services they need. The panelists will share creative short- and long-term strategies to battle the SLP shortage and its effect on districts. By attending the webinar, participants will learn: The differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs. The reasons for the speech-language pathologist shortages related to information in the 2011 ASHA Schools Survey. The updated state recruitment strategies for attracting and retaining speech-language pathologists in school settings. The long- and short-term strategies for…

Attendees will learn how using online speech therapy can help relieve the speech and language pathologist shortage during November 8, 2012 webinar SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2012 – Despite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage” on Thursday, November 8th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead7. During the webinar, Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University, and Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their insights on the reasons for the shortage, as well as what districts can do to ensure that students receive the services they need. The panelists will share creative short- and long-term strategies to battle the SLP shortage and its effect on districts. By attending the webinar, participants will learn: The differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs. The reasons for the speech-language pathologist…

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