A Check & Connect Mentor Training is being offered in Lakeland on June 20th and 21st. This is a 2-day in-depth, competency-based training designed to provide Check & Connect mentors with the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their local site.
FDLRS proudly announces the Online Professional Development Alternative (PDA) courses which will be available beginning in July. For a listing of available courses, and registration information, please see the
Many of us attended schools where, when you broke a rule, violated a policy or just made a poor decision, the discipline you received was often punitive in nature. This approach to discipline is what we characterize as a “catch and punish” model… – See more
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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.
The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (FCIHE) has announced its 2017 Summer Institute, themed “Florida’s College Horizons for Students with Intellectual Disability.” This one-day institute for secondary educators, staff and administrators will provide information about and opportunities to discuss post-secondary opportunities, around the state, for students with intellectual disability.
The institute will be held at the UCF‘s Orlando campus, from 8:00am—3:00pm on Thursday, July 13th.
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.
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 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.
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.