Offered in Vermont 2019
Innovative practices in special education require a comprehensive view of students. Putting programs in place that ensure that gaps in learning and behavior are closed, students don’t languish on education plans, and that excites student learning takes a district-wide commitment. We will explore new thinking on how to achieve greater success for students who require intensive interventions and provide the data to support that work.
Educators will share creative programs that make a difference in meeting the academic and social/emotional needs of students. Targeted classes in executive functioning, writing, and literacy; community-based programs for students with emerging language and challenging behaviors; and fostering a culture for collaboration are all topics to be discussed. The day will emphasize innovative practices with strong outcomes.
Visit schools where these practices are a daily occurrence. We will spend time in each program and see this work in action. We will then focus on how these models can be transferred to participants’ schools. We will share the challenges faced, address concerns and obstacles, and assist in developing plans for implementation in new settings.
Lastly, we will meet with students and parents to gain their perspectives of the effectiveness of the WCSU Special Education program. They will offer an honest reflection on their experiences and how this program is different from others they’ve known.
Sherry is the Director of Instructional Support Services for Windsor Central Supervisory Union and has held that position for the last five years. She currently serves on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Deaf/Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing, and is the Board Treasurer for the nonprofit Special Needs Supports Center. She has also served the district as the middle and high school’s special education coordinator, and Integration Facilitator for students with Emotional Disabilities. Sherry has co-written and published two books on Non Verbal Learning Disabilities and presented throughout New England on this topic. She has worked with her team to develop community based programming for their most intensive needs students from kindergarten through high school and established an alternative day program for students at risk for leaving high school. Prior to her work in the public school setting, she was the lead teacher in a residential treatment facility for pre-adjudicated adolescents and an educator in a private school for students with learning disabilities. Sherry received her Master’s Degree in Learning, Reading and Language Disabilities from the University of Arizona.
Other members of the WCSU Special Education team, who work with students from early elementary to high school graduation, will present their current innovative work.
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