Provide by Chip Collins, Hopkinton District
Eastern & Central Massachusetts Summer Camps
Boston – The Summer Treatment Program at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA. Therapeutic summer day camp setting and treatment program is for children ages 6-12 with behavioral, emotional and learning problems. (617) 278-4261 or visit The Judge Baker Summer Page.
Brighton, Franciscan Hospital for Children Adaptive Sports Program: Shark Adaptive Baseball Camp – August 10-14, 2015, Adaptive Bike Camp – August 17-21, 2015. Fees apply. For more information contact email@example.com or (617)-254-3800 x2280
East Sandwich, Riverview School Summer Program: Grades 6-12. July 12 – Aug. 14, 2015. For campers with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities, focus on recreational activities, academics, personal growth , social skills training, and independent living. Visit Riverview School or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-888-0489 ext. 206.
email@example.com or visit https://www.facebook.com /RisingHopeFarm
Needham – Plugged In’s Music That Matters Summer Camp includes kids of all levels and needs. There is a band class, songwriting, recording a song for a CD, music video, workshops, offsite events, and performance opportunities. For more firstname.lastname@example.org, call 781-956-4281 or visit www.pluggedinband.org/pr ograms/summer-program/
Hopkinton High School
Here is the survey of ideas for speakers to present to the group in the Fall. Please click on the link and respond as to which topics are of interest to you. There is also a box where you can suggest additional topics. If you can, please complete the survey by June 14th. I would appreciate it. Thanks. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3CLHLPJ
Interesting article that talks about ensuring Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) are credible and persuasive…..http://massadvocates.org/billsview6/
5 Extracurriculars That Are Great for Kids with Learning Disabilities Read More
Fenway Park, Boston, June 21st, 2016. Join Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) to celebrate Special Olympics Night at Fenway Park. All families, friends and athletes are encouraged to come together and celebrate while watching the Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox. Please keep in mind this is a regularly-priced event that requires a ticket purchase. For more information visit the Red Sox Special Olympics night page at http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/special_olympics.jsp For groups of 20 or more please contact Matt Labossiere at 617-226-6834 or email@example.com.
Upton – iCanShine Bike Camps. Bike Camps For Special Needs. Upton – contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.icanshine.org
Hopkinton & Sudbury – Aspirations Summer Camps, Sudbury & Hopkinton, neighboring communities. Recreation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton. Contact email@example.com or 978.639.3222.
Deadline is June 30th, 2016. The National Autism’s Associations’ Helping Hand Program was developed as a financial aid tool for families that need it most. It helps qualified families pay for medical services used to treat individuals diagnosed with autism.The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary medical treatments, lab testing, and physician-recommended supplements and therapies for their child with autism. This program does not provide funding for iPads, camp tuition, respite care, fencing, trampolines, swing sets, trips to Disney World, etc.
*** Funding is extremely limited. This program is intended ONLY for parents in DIRE financial need. Do not apply if your annual net income exceeds $50,000. Helping Hand grants are one-time grants, previous recipients may not re-apply.
Your child must meet all three basic criteria to apply:
1. Birth to age 21.
2. Reside in the United States of America.
3. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The maximum amount awarded per family is a one-time grant of $1,000. You must meet ALL the criteria. For more information visit http://nationalautismassociation.org/family-support/programs/helping-hand/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Framingham: Become a special education surrogate parent (SESP) and help a child with their IEP. Help a child who is in DCF custody and has no parent or guardian to represent them at their IEP meeting. For those of you who have a child on an IEP, this is a wonderful way to pay it forward, taking the experience you’ve had with your child and help another child who has no parent to represent them. For more information on the SESP training in Framingham, see below. http://fcsn.org/rtsc/events/
Autism Speaks Story Land discount for 6/26
UMass, Shrewsbury, June 24th, 2016. The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services presents Barbara Oliver, an advocate for adults with disabilities and for providing a safer web experience for vulnerable populations. Her focus is on Internet safety and emergency uses of social media targeted toward adults with learning disabilities and their caregivers, and using social media to provide knowledge, build community, and access to tools, while understanding and managing safety. Barbara has served on several boards including those of the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape and Islands, and the Philanthropy Day Committee of the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod.
For more information visit http://ddslearning.com/asd-social-media/ or contact email@example.com.
Soccer Clinic for Children with Disabilities New England Revolution Academy coaches, assisted by available New England Revolution players, will be on hand to provide instructional skills drills, sportsmanship and fun! Empower Field House (Next to Gillette Stadium) 1 Patriot Place Foxboro, MA 02035, Monday, July 18, 2016 1:00PM – 3:00PM Registration is required as space is limited.
Save the date! May 17th 6 pm to 9 pm in the Middle School Library. Dr Zaleski and the Hopkinton SEPAC will be holding a public forum to discuss Special Education Initiatives:
- Progress reporting
- Extended School Year (ESY) transition and goals
- “Adjustments to Practice” when special education students are not meeting their IEP goals
- Closing the achievement gaps
- The new Transition Coordinator
- Professional Development for Special Education teachers
- Math and ELA Teacher Resources Inventory
Scholarship Application Deadline 4/27/2016
Qualifications: Senior male or female student residing in the town of Hopkinton. The Student may be at the Hopkinton High School or Out of District. Formerly or currently receiving special education or related services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. Commitment to learning and achieving when challenged with learning and/or physical differences. See links below for more information:
From Karen Zaleski, Director of Student Services
January 20, 2016
Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of March 14, 2016 – March 18, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.
The Department’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, English Learner Education (ELE), Civil Right and Other General Education Requirements . After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district [or charter school] must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district [or charter school] will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent’s office at (508) 417-9360 no later than February 15, 2016, to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3742 (number for onsite chairperson, Corey Steinman). A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.
Parents who have children with IEPs in Hopkinton may provide feedback by printing out survey below and Returning to Corey Steinman, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148-4906
First, a couple of definitions: Formative vs Summative Assessment, Formative is a short evaluation prior to instruction and Summative is an after instruction assessment to see how much has been understood and absorbed. Response to Intervention (RTI) is the differentiated, targeted instruction and practice that meets the student with instruction, and practice at the level and pace they are learning at. There as Formative and Summative assessment software and some provide Assessment and RTI and some are strictly non-targeted practice. RTI can be used by students in special education and those not in non-special education, even to provide challenges to those working at above grade level.
Blended Learning when some of the instruction is provided online or digitally and some in is taught traditionally via a teacher. Blending learning can have the benefit of repetition and control over pace of instruction.
The most powerful of the softwares are aligned with the state common core, support English language learners, are research based (been proven to work), include reporting and are adaptive to learners with physical challenges or poor gross motor skills.
Free Software Demos:
- Dreambox Standards-Aligned, K-8 Math
- Fast Math, Provided by the District, basic math facts
- Front Row Reading and Math, K-8
- IXL PK-12 Math, ELA grade 1 -12, Science/ Social Studies grades 2-5
- Khan Academy Math, Science, Economics
- Lexia- Provided by the District, Literacy Skills K-5
- Orchard Software provides targeted instruction in math, reading, writing, language arts, and science for grades K-9.
- Prodigy Math Game with grade level target-able skills, standards aligned, grades 1 to 8.
- RAZ Kids- Provided by the District, K-5 Leveled reading practice with comprehension questions
- Ten Marks K-12 Math
Other products- No Free Demos 🙁
- Compass Learning K-12 Assessment, Intervention, ELA and Math
- Curriculum Associates iReady K-12 Diagnostic, K-8 Instruction, Reading and Math
- Hot Math Grades 6-12, Step by step solutions to textbook math
- Houghton Mifflin Do the Math K-12
- Mcgraw Hill PK-8 Math
- Pearson K-12 Reading and Math Middle
This list is not an exhaustive list, if you know of others you have liked, please let us know. Reviews welcomed! Send them to us at Hopkintonsepac@gmail.com.
Dear PAC members,
- Young Adult Fiction for Learning Difference/Disability Awareness:
Wonder, Palacio, R.J.
Out of My Mind, Draper, Sharon M.
Counting by 7s, Sloan, Holly Goldberg
- Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Matthew Dicks
El Deafo, Bell, Cece
Flowers for Algernon, Keyes, Daniel
Marcelo in the Real World, Stork, Francisco X.
Paperboy, Vawter, Vince
Rules, Lord, Cynthia
For more check out this blog post