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We kicked off our “Blueprints for Success: Making Good Ideas Real” webinar series with Dr. Howie Knoff. During “Building Academic and S/E/B Progress for All Students,” Dr. Knoff discussed how effective classroom management and instruction in social, emotional, and behavioral self-management can encourage better student behavior. After the webinar, our co-founder and CEO Clay Whitehead moderated viewer questions for Dr. Knoff. Below is a summary of this informative Q&A. Clay: We have well over 1,500 people in the audience and many questions are coming in here. Let’s start with some basics from the audience. What is an attributional skill? When and how does it fit in? Are there programs that address this? Howie: Well, an attributional skill basically is a student’s belief system, their expectations,…

Students entering kindergarten come to school with varying levels of oral language and communication skills. By age three, which is far before kindergarten begins, children with typically developing language skills should be comfortable answering common questions verbally and should not be relying on head nods or gestures as their main form of communication. A child’s parents, family, and early educators and caregivers have an important role in modeling good oral language during these critical years. In a recent guest column for The Hechinger Report “Teacher Voice” column, Devin Walsh, a kindergarten to first-grade “looping” teacher at Oak Grove Primary School in Hattiesburg, Miss., highlighted some strategies for reinforcing good oral language habits with young students. Talk to them! Just like other skills, language is a practiced skill. Start by…

Educational neuroscience expert and adolescent behavioral consultant – and SPED Ahead webinar guest – Dr. Lori Desautels stresses the importance of teaching students about their brains to help them regulate their behavior. In the Summer ‘17 issue of SEEN Magazine, our very own Co-Founder and CEO Clay Whitehead conducted a Q&A session with Dr. Desautels to ask: How does teaching students about their own brains affect their behavior? What are some ways educators can teach students about their brains? What are the best ways for students and teachers to reduce cortisol levels to help their stress levels? What are some simple brain-aligned activities that help students succeed as learners? Read Dr. Desautels’ answers in the online issue of the publication here. For more on the…

Starting this month, we will list a selection of some of the most widely read and topical articles and resources that have come across our clinical radar. What was on your reading list this month? Please share your best below in the Comments. Intervention strategies evolve in K12: New approaches address social-emotional learning and anxiety as well as academic instruction – School districts have implemented RTI and PBIS for over a decade. Learnings over this period, combined with a better understanding of the neuroscience behind learning and new technology have led educators to further refine intervention strategies. This article outlines four new approaches to intervention. (From District Administration) Education Department Launches New IDEA Website – Based on feedback from educators, administrators, parents, service providers, and advocates, the US Department…

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers. A new report also shows that the suicide rate among girls is at its highest in 40 years. Many young people themselves feel they do not have access to the resources that can increase their ability to deal with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Regardless of our role in a young person’s life – friend, parent, caregiver, sister, brother, relative, teacher, therapist – we need to be aware of the signs and risk factors for suicide, and be prepared to help. The National Institute of Mental Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention both provide resources for learning more. Familiarize yourself with the…

The Born This Way Foundation was founded by Lady Gaga in 2012 to assist young people in achieving mental and emotional well-being. However, a study commissioned by the foundation found that although young people value their mental health, many feel they do not have access to the resources that can increase their ability to deal with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The study, “Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness,” analyzed the results of a survey administered to 3,015 young people between the ages of 15 and 24, as well as 1,004 parents. The survey included questions about how students view their own mental health, how peers and parents help and hinder mental health efforts, and what schools can do to…

By Dara Rogoff, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL PresenceLearning provides speech and language services via an onsite/online service service delivery model. Together, as a team, onsite speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with selected students while online SLPs work with others. Determining how to split the workload depends on a number of factors that may include caseloads, existing resources, travel time, and the need for specialists. Some districts prefer to move their older students to online services to free up time for onsite SLPs to work with early childhood students, whereas others may tap online clinicians for their elementary students. In some districts, we work with charter school students and homebound students. Other districts may need online help for bilingual students or edge cases. In all of these scenarios,…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Washington, Ohio, Idaho, and Michigan in August. Stop by and say hello! WASA/OSPI Special Education Workshop  August 1 – 2 Tacoma, WA Summer Leadership Symposium  August 2 – 3 Aurora, OH IASA Summer Leadership Conference  August 2 Boise, ID MAASE Summer Institute  August 6 – 9 Acme, MI Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email schools@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

Our special summer webinar “Come and Get It! A Legal Update on Discipline and Mental Health Issues for Special Ed Leaders”  was with special education expert Julie Weatherly, Esq. During this webinar, Julie discussed discussed recent case law, including Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, as well as important factors need to be clear on regarding discipline and mental health as they relate to special education. After the webinar, moderator Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, fielded viewer questions to Julie. Below is a summary of this informative Q&A. Stephanie: What is the impact of the Endrew F. decision on your understanding of a district’s obligation to provide FAPE for students with behavioral/emotional/mental health needs? Julie: I’m not surprised at all that people wanted me to reference Endrew F. As I was talking, I was trying to figure…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Mexico, and New Hampshire in July. Stop by and say hello! ASHA Connect  July 7 – 9 New Orleans, LA TCASE Interactive  July 11-13 Austin, TX NYCASE Summer Institute  July 17 – 19 Saratoga Springs, NY  NMCEL Conference July 19 – 21 Albuquerque, NM NHASEA Summer Academy  July 30 – August 2 Meredith, NH Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email schools@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

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