• Training for CCSD Teachers on Don-Johnston Assistive Software

    Posted by David Carlson on 12/31/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Don-Johnston Human Learning Tools

    Training for CCSD Teachers on Don-Johnston Assistive Software

    The Special Education/Pupil Services Department purchased thirty individual licenses for assistive software from Don Johnston.  On Tuesday, December 18th, in collaboration with the district technology facilitators, three training sessions were held to introduce Snap & Read and Co-Writer Universal (8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.).  A description for each program appears below.

    Training was open to any special education teacher or building interventionist working with students that could benefit from this software, including ELL students.  Thirty-two staff members from the district signed up for the training.

    Here are the descriptions for the two programs:

    Snap&Read:  Reading tool for Google Chrome

    • Reads text aloud across websites, PDFs, and Google Drive,
    • Adjusts the readability of text without changing meaning,
    • Translates text into over 100 languages on any webpage and text can be read in multiple languages,
    • Pulls text into an outline or note page for study or research purposes,
    • Removes distractions from ‘busy’ websites,
    • Provides color overlays and readings line guides,
    • Provides definitions of words with multiple icon representations and will read definitions aloud,
    • Cites sources on any webpage and can create a bibliography,
    • Contains a screenshot reader and can analyze the readability level of text,
    • Collects data on amount read and readability level of text read, and
    • Highlights and adds text to PDFs that can then be saved to Google Drive.

    Co-writer Universal:  Writing tool for Google Chrome

    • Uses word prediction, grammar, translation and speech recognition to support struggling writers,
    • Gives words and phrases it predicts a student is intending to use in ‘real time’,
    • Understands automatically the topic area and predicted topic specific vocabulary,
    • Uses speech to text across formats and will re-read dictated text out loud,
    • Recognizes inventive spelling,
    • Contains over four million preloaded topics with related vocabulary,
    • Supports word prediction across languages, and
    • Tracks data regarding student writing and vocabulary usage.

      Pic of training

    We are excited to offer this training to teachers so that they can continue to support learners across CCSD.  Thank you to all who participated.


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  • CCSD Special Education Staff Attend Lindamood Bell Workshop: Seeing Stars

    Posted by David Carlson on 11/26/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Seeing Stars

    The CCSD Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Department has continued to focus on enhancing professional development opportunities for department staff during the current school year.  On November 7th and 8th, special educators and other district support staff, attended the Lindamood-Bell Workshop: Seeing Stars. This evidence-based workshop provided attendees with specialized instructional techniques to support reading and spelling.

    Sarah McGillick, a special education teacher from West Nyack Elementary, wrote the following about her experience with this training:

    "This training was exactly what I have been looking for in professional development in my area of Special Education (Children with Learning Disabilities).   Lindamood-Bell focuses on Symbol Imagery and how students process letters, sounds and words. Symbol imagery is the ability to be able to visualize sounds and letters within words.  Through the symbol imagery instruction, students are shown how to visualize letters in words and then retrieve them to either read or to write. While I was impressed with knowledge I gained about how students learn to read, I was really impressed with how we had valuable time to practice each teaching method.  As a result, I have already begun using this program with my 1st and 2nd grade groups."

    Thank you Sarah for letting our department share this experience. ​


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  • SEPTA Pocketbook Bingo Fundraiser

    Posted by David Carlson on 11/10/2018 12:00:00 PM

    SEPTA BINGO       

        On November 8th, CCSD's Special Education PTA hosted their 3rd Annual Pocketbook Bingo Fundraiser.  The money raised by SEPTA, funds scholarships each year for graduating students.  In addition, SEPTA hosts monthly workshops for parents on a variety of relevant topics, and they fund yearly grants for special education teachers. These grants fund district special education staff initiatives, that better assist students in classrooms throughout CCSD. We appreciate the continued support that SEPTA provides to the students, staff, and families of CCSD. Please look out for more opportunities to support SEPTA at other upcoming fundraising events.

    Jets Tickets fundraiser

    SEPTA Talent Show

    Follow SE/PPS on twitter @CCSD_SPED_PPS

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  • CCSD Administrative Staff and Teachers Attend Co-Teaching Workshop Presented by Dr. Marilyn Friend

    Posted by David Carlson on 11/2/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Co-Teaching          On October 26, 2018 CCSD administrators, and other staff from schools across the district, attended a workshop at Rockland BOCES titled: Next Generation Co-Teaching: Something Old, Something New.  This workshop was presented by Dr.  Marilyn Friend, a well known author and expert in the field of co-teaching and other areas of Special Education. The Special Education Advisory Committee at CCSD will be meeting throughout the year.  The first meeting will be devoted to reflect on Dr. Friend's workshop and strategize next steps in our department's co-teaching initiative. 

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