Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays from the Special Education Office

Happy Winter! It is hard to believe that it is winter in CNY
without the snow this year, but I know I am certainly enjoying
the break from the cold temperatures. For all you snow lovers I am sure there will still be plenty of the white stuff coming in our future!

Staff Meetings: This year, both Darlene and I are meeting with staff on a regular basis. 

This month we have shared a short video and discussed one of Carols Dweck's studies on Positive Growth Mindset. This study showed that students who were praised for their efforts and given specific feedback about their performance are more successful with challenging tasks than those that are given a general compliment. 

My conversations with some of our teaching assistants around this topic were exciting, and they were eager to try using some of the specific praise with their students as they are always looking for more ways to support them.                                                                     
Here is the link to the video if you'd like to see what we discussed. This positive feedback is something parents can use as well to foster a love of learning and successes with their children.                                          

Annual Review Reminder: This year we are making the transition to spring annual reviews for IEPs. This means that starting in the 2016-17 school year, all annual reviews will be held between January and May. This will allow teachers to get to know their students before meeting on them to determine the next year's goals and services.   

This year only, if you have had an annual review on your child between September 8 and December 23 you will have an additional annual review meeting in the spring to create the IEP for next school year. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this process and how it may impact your child.

From all of us in the Special Education Office - we wish you a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!