Press Releases – PresenceLearning

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Byng Public Schools in Ada, OK as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Byng Public Schools, which covers 120 square miles of the southeastern portion of the state, turned to PresenceLearning in the 2016-17 school year as a cost-effective way to provide online occupational therapy (OT) to its students with special needs. In the initial year, occupational therapists from PresenceLearning delivered services to 35 students in grades K-10 via its secure, interactive online therapy platform. “Making the shift to online therapy has been such a positive experience,” said Sherri Coats, M.Ed., director of special services at Byng Public Schools. “The use of technology really engages students during the therapy sessions. In particular, our students with autism, who sometimes have difficulty connecting directly with people, have been benefiting from – and participating more…

For second consecutive year, district wins PresenceLearning Award of Excellence for outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, December 12, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. This is the second consecutive year that the district has won this award. The district first implemented live, online speech-language therapy using the PresenceLearning network of online providers five years ago to relieve high caseloads and reduce the time its onsite speech-language pathologists (SLPs) spent traveling from school to school. In the initial year, PresenceLearning was successfully used with approximately 15 students with special needs from one elementary school, in addition to one student on home hospital. Today, PresenceLearning is being used with 140 students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. “Throughout the years, PresenceLearning has helped an increasing number of our students make great progress on their Individual Education Programs while freeing up valuable time for our…

Service connecting schools and districts with fully-credentialed, remote school psychologists recognized in New Products category SAN FRANCISCO, November 30, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, was recently named a winner of the 2017 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for its delivery of online psychoeducational assessments. The service was recognized in the New Products category for its ability to connect schools and districts with fully-credentialed, remote school psychologists to deliver live, online psychoeducational assessments. “Psychoeducational assessments determine whether a child has a learning disability or other issue that impacts learning, explained Clay Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “As such, they are a gateway to a child receiving the supports and services he or she needs to succeed in school. However, many school psychologists are overburdened with assessments on top of other critical responsibilities. Online psychoeducational assessments offer schools a way to make this process more efficient for everyone, and are shown to produce results equivalent to their traditional delivery.” Now in its 35th year, the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence honors innovative applications that break new ground, as well as those that have added significant enhancements to proven education…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Hinsdale School District, located in southwest New Hampshire, serves 600 students in grades PreK-12. The district first partnered with PresenceLearning during the 2014-2015 school year when a part-time speech-language pathologist (SLP) it shared with a neighboring district went on maternity leave. While originally planning on using PresenceLearning for only six weeks, the district saw initial success and decided to continue using PresenceLearning’s services when its shared SLP returned from maternity leave. Today the online SLP from PresenceLearning provides ongoing therapy for 20 students, conducts evaluations and reevaluations, and participates in IEP meetings. “Our case managers, teachers and even parents have an open line of communication with our online SLP,” said Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, November 7, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Moses Lake School District in Moses Lake, WA as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Moses Lake School District, which provides special education services to more than 1,100 students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), partnered with PresenceLearning at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year after it was unable to fill two vacancies for onsite certified occupational therapists. In the first year, PresenceLearning delivered online occupational therapy (OT) to 27 students in grades PreK-7 and, this year, is providing services to 35 students. “PresenceLearning has made our occupational therapy team – and the services we provide – better,” said Darcy Johnson, special service director of Moses Lake School District. “We were concerned at the onset about how parents and students would take to the services, but it’s been a really positive experience…

Schools can access nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians to deliver timely, online clinical services to children ages 0-5 SAN FRANCISCO, November 1, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently launched online early childhood services to expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver early childhood interventions and services to children ages 0-5. With PresenceLearning, school systems and education organizations can access a nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians – including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals – to help deliver these timely services to young learners and to consult with their families and caregivers. “Preschool children with special needs are some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. Early intervention with individualized therapy services from experienced professionals helps mitigate future academic and social risk. PresenceLearning offers ready access to licensed clinical professionals, helping districts, counties, and states meet their obligation to these students,” said Clay Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “Our clinicians work collaboratively with parents and schools throughout the therapy process while helping children develop the foundational skills they need for success throughout their lives.” During the online sessions, children…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Yuma Elementary School District One in Yuma, AZ as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Yuma Elementary School District One, which provides special education services to more than 1,000 students, first partnered with PresenceLearning in spring 2016 to cover an unexpected mid-year staffing vacancy for occupational therapy. The district needed a fully credentialed occupational therapist to work with on-the-ground certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) in providing day-to-day therapy to students. “We were in a bind – we needed to quickly fill the vacancy and provide our assistants with required supervision, but were unable to find an on-site occupational therapist,” said Shannon Rouff, M.Ed, Director of Exceptional Student Services at Yuma Elementary School District One. “PresenceLearning came in and provided a viable solution that helped our assistants and students alike. As such, our…

Professor and differentiated instruction expert Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson to lead the final “Blueprints for Success” webinar on Thursday, November 30, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is hosting its third and final “Blueprints for Success: Interventions That Really Work” webinar on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time). During the webinar, titled “Architecting the Promise of Differentiated Instruction,” Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson will teach special educators how to successfully create and implement a vision for differentiated instruction that benefits all students. To register for the free, 90-minute webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/architecting-the-promise-of-differentiated-instruction/ Dr. Tomlinson will discuss the roles of principals and staff developers in turning differentiation ideas into action, explain how to balance patience and impatience, and recommend many simple, but important, dos and don’ts. By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to: Describe the ways special education leaders can better impact policy and instruction for students with identified learning needs Summarize key recommendations from experts on school change with current decision-making and leadership approaches to change Analyze ways in which expert recommendations for differentiated instruction might impact special…

Schools, districts, and service agencies nationwide honored for their standout use of online therapy, organizational leadership, and improved student outcomes SAN FRANCISCO, September 26, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, has recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide as winners in their 4th annual Awards of Excellence. Throughout last school year, these exemplary organizations helped drive improved student outcomes through their use of online therapy services for students with special needs while displaying outstanding organizational leadership and teamwork. The winners of the 4th annual PresenceLearning Awards of Excellence are: Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA (online speech-language therapy) Byng Public Schools in Byng, OK (online occupational therapy) Caledonia North Supervisory Union in Lyndonville, VT (online occupational therapy, online occupational therapy screenings, and online occupational therapy assessments) A Cooperative Educational Service Agency in Wisconsin (online speech-language therapy, online occupational therapy, and supervision of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA (online speech-language therapy) Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Schools in Gibbon, MN (online speech-language therapy) Hendry School District in LaBelle, FL (online speech-language therapy) Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH (online speech-language therapy, online speech-language assessments, and online psychoeducational assessments) Moses Lake School…

Multi-Tiered System of Supports expert Dr. Jeanne Wanzek to lead the second webinar in the “Blueprints for Success” series on Tuesday, October 26, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is hosting its second “Blueprints for Success: Interventions That Really Work” webinar to provide special educators with research-based guidance about planning and designing interventions for elementary students struggling with reading. The webinar, titled “Making it Real: RTI and MTSS for Reading and Reading Interventions,” will be led by Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) expert Dr. Jeanne Wanzek on Tuesday, October 26, 2017 at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time). To register for the free, 90-minute webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/making-it-work-rti-and-mtss-for-reading-and-reading-interventions/. During the webinar, Dr. Wanzek will provide special educators with guidance on interventions that help students with disabilities acquire literacy skills early in their academic career. By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to: ● Contrast the efficacy of core reading instruction and reading interventions for students with disabilities ● Identify sustainable organizational approaches to improve results from reading interventions ● Show ways to intensify reading interventions including content and instructional delivery elements ● Work…

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