Julie Weatherly, Esq. presents top special education legal issues related to students with mental health and discipline challenges during two-hour webinar on July 11, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is delivering a free, two-hour webinar to provide special education leaders and related services providers with timely legal information and expert guidance to prepare them for the 2017-18 school year. Hosted by special education law expert Julie Weatherly, Esq., “Come and Get It! A Legal Update on Discipline and Mental Health Issues for Special Ed Leaders,” will take place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 starting at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time). To register for the webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/come-and-get-it-a-legal-update-on-discipline-and-mental-health-issues-for-special-ed-leaders/ During the webinar, Weatherly will discuss a variety of special education-related legal topics, such as mental health services and student discipline, and present the latest cases and their implications for special education leaders. By attending this webinar, participants will be able to: Apply up-to-date legal strategies to ensure that students with mental health issues are not denied Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Describe the latest legal strategies and cases regarding disciplinary practices for students with…

Amended legislation opens the door for schools to use online therapy services like those provided by PresenceLearning SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2017 – Effective April 17, 2017, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Senate Bill 195 to allow elementary and secondary schools to collect Medicaid reimbursement funds for telepractice services. This applies to online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral and mental health services like those provided by PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers. “Telepractice makes it possible for districts, regardless of their onsite therapist situation, to provide students with consistent, high-quality therapy services,” said Clay Whitehead, co-Founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “We applaud the Tennessee General Assembly for amending the legislative verbiage because now more schools and districts have access to valuable funds to help them consistently serve their students with special needs.” Like many states, Tennessee is feeling the impact of a nationwide shortage of qualified clinicians, as well as challenges unique to the state, including long commutes to hard-to-reach schools and difficulty attracting professionals to certain areas. Tennessee began providing Medicaid reimbursement for the online delivery of speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral and mental health services in 2014, however, only…

PresenceLearning names six winners for its annual Awards of Excellence SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Pass Christian School District in Pass Christian, MS, as a winner in its 3rd annual Awards of Excellence. The awards program recognizes six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. Pass Christian School District is committed to providing the best offerings to students so they can be successful, lifelong learners. The district’s hard work paid off this school year as they were one of 16 districts in the state to earn the “A” recognition. However, at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, Pass Christian School District had no district-employed speech-language pathologist (SLP) to work with students on their IEP goals related to speech and language skills. The district’s Director of Special Education and Gifted Program Coordinator Doris Flettrich, asked members of the Southern Six, a cadre of special education directors in the region, for suggestions and learned about PresenceLearning. “There is a national shortage of SLPs,” said Flettrich. “Schools are competing to recruit SLPs who…

Kit includes collection of Dr. Lori Desautels’ research and writings addressing the emotional, social, and academic health of students SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, has released a free resource kit to help educators address the emotional, social, and academic health of all students. The kit includes an expansive collection of research and writings by scholar, author, and speaker Dr. Lori Desautels on neuroanatomy and the science behind strategies that help students — and those who work with them — to better understand themselves and their needs, and to prime the brain for learning. The kit, “Brain-Aligned Strategies: Addressing the Emotional, Social, and Academic Health of all Students,” can be downloaded at: https://www.presencelearning.com/resources/content-library/brain-aligned-strategies-lori-desautels/ “One third of all students in K-12 are walking into classrooms with a brain architecture that is not neurobiologically wired to attend, synthesize, and retrieve academic content,” said Dr. Desautels. “The brain-aligned strategies highlighted in the new resource kit provide a plethora of ways educators can begin to engage students, build connections, and deepen learning.” In addition to the resource kit, Dr. Desautels also recently partnered with PresenceLearning to lead the webinar “Big Ideas…

“Success for Every Learner” webinar series provided critical information about school climate and behavior issues to nearly 20,000 individuals SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2017 – PresenceLearning’s “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series campaign won a 2017 REVERE Award for Integrated Marketing in the “Under 30K Campaign Budget” category. Given by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), this industry-leading award honors educational marketing campaigns using multiple media channels. “Educational administrators regularly cite “student behavior” as their top issue and an area of need for professional development for all educators. During the ‘Success for Every Learner’ webinar series, three of our country’s top experts provided timely insights into student behavior and school climate issues to nearly 20,000 special educators, administrators and clinical professionals,” said Clay Whitehead, co-founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “It is a great honor to be recognized by AAP for the success of this program, which facilitated important conversations, provided actionable steps for schools and districts, and will impact so many students nationwide.” The Spring 2016 series unpacked student behavior and school climate issues by exploring the school-to-prison pipeline, analyzing how bias affects discipline and disciplinary measures, and discussing what needs to be done to break…

Dr. Randy Sprick to lead the final “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar on May 9, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, enlists educational consultant, trainer, and author Dr. Randy Sprick to unpack the STOIC framework and discuss how it can improve student behavior during an upcoming webinar. This free, 90-minute webinar “Aha! Misbehavior is a Puzzle, Not a Threat” will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 starting at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time).This is the third installment of the “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar series designed to help educators, clinicians and administrators better engage and encourage students with hidden disabilities such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and emotional and behavioral disturbances. To register for the free webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/aha-misbehavior-is-a-puzzle-not-a-threat-discover-the-stoic-framework-for-behavior-support/ During the webinar, Dr. Sprick will discuss how the STOIC framework, a multi-tiered system of prevention and intervention, empowers special educators. He will help attendees be able to describe the STOIC framework as it relates to ABC (antecedent, behavior, and consequence), identify specific evidence-based strategies within each STOIC category, and apply the STOIC framework to improve…

District is one of six winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Award of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, 2016 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related services providers, recently named Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA as a winner of its 3rd annual Award of Excellence. The awards program recognized six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. The district first turned to online speech-language therapy using the PresenceLearning network of online providers four years ago as a way to relieve overwhelming caseloads and reduce the time its on-site speech-language pathologists (SLPs) spent traveling from school to school. Highly qualified SLPs in the PresenceLearning online network use a secure, web-based platform to manage student cases and deliver therapy using the same evidence-based techniques as on-site clinicians. “While we admittedly were a bit skeptical at first about using SLPs who deliver therapy services remotely, from the start it really turned out to be extremely positive for both our students and SLPs,” said Joni James, Director II of Pupil Services at Barstow USD, who spearheaded the…

LeDerick Horne and Dr. Margo Izzo headline the “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar being held March 30, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, February 21, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is hosting its second “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar to help educators, clinicians and administrators better engage and encourage students with hidden disabilities such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and emotional and behavioral disturbances. “New Insights for Building Disability Pride and Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities” will be hosted by disability advocate, author, poet, and consultant LeDerick Horne and researcher Dr. Margo Izzo on March 30, 2017. To register for the free webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/new-insights-for-building-disability-pride-and-empowering-students-with-hidden-disabilities/ During the webinar, Horne and Dr. Izzo will share their stories and evidence-based practices and case studies, as well as help attendees discover new ideas for helping connect students to positive role models, build on their assets, and advocate for the services they are required to receive. The series’ three webinars provide exceptional professional development opportunities for an entire staff at no charge. Certificates of attendance are issued to attendees who attend the live webinars to use for professional development…

PresenceLearning names six winners in its annual Award of Excellence SAN FRANCISCO, January 9, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related services providers, recently named Easterseals Academy in Rockford, IL as a winner of its 3rd annual Award of Excellence. The award program recognized six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. Easterseals Academy, which has three locations in Illinois, provides alternative school placement for students ages 3 to 21 to help empower them to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication, and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for living independently in the community. School districts contract with Easterseals Academy to provide year-round educational programs – including speech-language and occupational therapy, among others – for students with an emotional disability, developmental delay, intellectual disability, or who are on the autism spectrum. “Speech and occupational therapy are two of the critical services we provide to our students; however, we were having extreme difficulty in finding qualified therapists locally who weren’t already overbooked and overworked,” said Kelly Anne Ohde, Director of Communications for…

District is one of six winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Award of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, February 9, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related services providers, recently named Randolph Academy Union Free School District (Randolph Academy) in Randolph, NY as a winner of its 3rd annual Award of Excellence. The awards program recognized six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. Randolph Academy currently partners with PresenceLearning to provide access to highly qualified mental health professionals and speech-language pathologists via its online therapy solution in order to help students meet the goals outlined in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Randolph Academy is a Special Act school serving students who need a small-school setting and more support services because of emotional and behavioral needs. Its two campuses in Hamburg and Randolph serve approximately 200 students in grades K-12, almost all of whom have IEPs mandating related services like counseling. In addition to helping students meet their IEP goals, the district’s 11 counselors often need to provide crisis counseling at a moment’s notice for students…

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