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What's New for 2014-2015


Cynthia Wheeler (InD teacher from Arcola Lakes Elementary) and Laura Seminario (title) presented a one hour session entitled "Adapting Songs for PreKindergarten Exceptional Children" at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference in Orlando, Florida on January 30th. As part of their presentation, adapted books and materials were discussed and on display for The Wheels on the Bus, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, and Five Little Monkeys.

Dr. Rossana Chiarella, Pre-K Inclusion Teacher at Palm Springs North Elementary, recently had the opportunity to soar into the sky and document the experience so she could take her love of space and science back into the classroom.
Dr. Chiarella was selected to become a teacher liaison with the Space Foundation and learned about the Civil Air Patrol's Teaching Orientation Flights.
The Teaching Orientation Flights culminate in a one hour flight experience. During the flight, Dr. Chiarella recorded videos of story read-alouds and took photographs of the view that she could bring back to her classroom to share with her students.
An article chronicling Dr. Chiarella's experience with the Civil Air Patrol can be found at the WLRN website.
The Teaching Orientation Flights are offered at no cost to educators through the Civil Air Patrol.

The 7th Annual Information and Classroom Prepearation Day took place on August 13th. Teachers took part in small group discussions, "how to" demonstrations, make-and-take activities, and learning about adaptations that could be made for individual students. There were sessions covering topics such as new teacher orientation, BELL Shared Reading and Phonological Awareness, Conscious Discipline, Using SMART Boards, Supports for Students with ASD or similar challenging behaviors, and ideas for implementing Arts for Learning. Photos from the event can be found in the Photo Gallery.

This year also saw the introduction of several new sessions including: BDI-2 Mobile Data Solution, Exploring Space and Science, Sensory Toys and More, Social Studies and Math, Say it Forward Assistive Technology, Glyphs, and classroom strategies related to Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity, and Mirror Neurons

Alex Lopes was officially announced as the new Instructional Supervisor for the Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities. Dolores' e-mail can be found on the e-mails and weekly briefings page