Practical Applications of Positive Behavior Support
Family Network on Disabilities, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at USF, and Florida’s Association for Positive Behavior Support Network are hosting a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) conference, “Working Together to Improve Student Behavior”, on March 24th and 25th, 2017. This conference is designed for family members and educators, especially those supporting students with behavioral challenges. The goal of the conference is to share current, evidence-based information and create a mechanism to promote collaboration to increase the use of positive behavior support practices, reducing reliance on reactive and punitive procedures.
The conference brings together national and local experts to deliver over 20 presentations, as well as skill-building workshops. The presentations will cover a wide range of topics related to effective school-wide discipline, classroom management, and especially individualized behavior support. The conference may be attended in person, provided the opportunity to interact with the speakers, exhibitors, and organizers. It is also being live streamed, encouraging participation via “watch parties” in your local community.
For more information, or to register, visit the conference website.
Keep up-to-date with the latest information from the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) by following the BEESS Weekly Memo, a newsletter which will update online every Friday. Archived issues can be browsed as well, to be sure you don’t miss an update.
The FDLRS Winter 2017 Professional Development schedule is now available.
All FDLRS Professional Development will be found on our GoSignMeUp page.
Contact our offices at (863) 647-4258 if you have any questions.
Beginning in January, the Lakeland Public Library will be offering Sensory Story Time for children ages 3-10 on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities.
FDLRS/FIN Sunrise and SEDNET participated in the Hardee County School District ESE Monitoring and On-Site visit with FDOE. The focus was on graduation, dropout and math achievement at the middle school level. Focus groups were conducted at the elementary, middle, and high school levels with teachers, parents, administrators, and students. Information gathered from these groups is being used to develop a plan of action to better meet the needs of all students in Hardee county.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Collaborative Meeting between the Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), the Florida Organization of Instructional Leaders (FOIL), and the Florida Association of Student Services Administrators (FASSA), which will be held Feb. 16-17 in Altamonte Springs, FL. The theme of the collaborative meeting will be Reinventing Special Education with a Growth Mindset and features guest speakers Tawana Williams and Dr. Jacob Williams. For more information, or to register, see the event flyer.
Saturday, October 15th, the FDLRS Sunrise team went to Lakeland’s ZombieFest to pass out ghoulish treats to the little monsters, and, more importantly, beneficial program information to their parents.
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The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Endorsements Tuition Support Program provides financial assistance to ESE teachers who are teaching students identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Severe/Profound or PreKindergarten/ESE (PreK/ESE) in Florida public schools.
For more information, or to apply, visit the Florida ESE website.
The Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a Division of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has established a scholarship program to award financial scholarships in the name of Dr. Landis M. Stetler, a pioneer and great leader in exceptional student education (ESE) in the state of Florida and the nation. For 2016, it has been determined that one (1) scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $3000.00 for a graduate student in exceptional student education. Interested applicants may apply at flocase.org.
The FDLRS Fall 2016 Professional Development schedule is now available here.
Contact our offices at (863) 647-4258 if you have any questions.
The 2016-2017 school year is upon us, and with it, a listing of Supports for District and School Leaders, Teachers, and Students and Parents. Download the Information and Resources document.
To better serve our communities, professionals from the early childhood community are coming together to provide developmental screenings for children, from newborns to the age of 5. The screenings will begin the process to determine if your child is eligible for services that may be helpful in increasing their success upon entering school. Screenings for vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior, and overall development will be provided by appointment. Screenings locations and dates are provided below.
|September 23, 2016||Bartow First Assembly of God||Bartow|
|October 21, 2016||Medulla Baptist Church||Lakeland|
|November 18, 2016||Oasis Community Church||Lakeland|
|December 16, 2016||St. Ann Catholic Church||Haines City|
|January 20, 2017||First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred||Lake Alfred|
|February 24, 2017||Presbyterian Church in the Highlands||Lakeland|
|Marh 17, 2017||First Presbyterian Church||Lake Wales|
|April 21, 2017||First Baptist Church of Auburndale||Auburndale|
|May 19, 2017||First Baptist Church of Winter Haven||Winter Haven|
|June 23, 2017||Poinciana Community Center||Poinciana|
For further information, click here for the flyer, or to schedule an appointment, please call (863) 647-4258.
The Para-to-Teacher Program provides tuition support for paraprofessionals to earn a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education, deaf education, or education of the visually impaired, from a Florida college or university. For more information, see the program flyer or visit the Florida ESE website.
Stephanie Brooks and Dr. Poinsetta Tillman presented at the 18th Annual Family Cafe and Summit on Disabilities, on the topic of Social Skills Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to over 120 participants.
“Social Skills are essential for all individuals throughout their lifespan. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encounter unique social challenges in the school settings and communities. Children with ASD can develop the social skills they need with the appropriate supports, education, and practice. In this session, parents gained practical knowledge about strategies that help develop social skills, and discussed methods for teaching social interactions.”
University of Miami is accepting applications for it’s M.S.Ed. program, with concentration in Early Childhood Special Education. For more information, view the Program Brochure.
School BPIEs due by the end of the school year.
The Florida Department of Education has created a new website, entitled FloridaStudents.org, which provides Florida Standards-aligned student tutorials and resources for grades K-12 in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Civics. Additional tutorials are being added.