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ESE Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

St. Johns County School District, Exceptional Student Education welcomes Nata Salvatori, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT and Sarah Lahey, PhD, for a discussion on “Concussion and the Impact on Learning: A Team Approach.” The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fullerwood Training Center located at 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, FL 30284. For more information, please view the flyer for the event.

 

Exceptional Student Education Update

Spring was an exciting time for all involved with the St. Johns County School District Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) program. With a generous donation from the St. Augustine Lion’s Club, fun and enriching activities were held for all DHH students and their families.

  • The 3rd Annual “Deafinition” competition was a great success. The competition is a family event for middle and high school students to show off their vocabulary knowledge.  Students prepare all year for this vocabulary bee and, in doing so, enhance their vocabulary and language skills across curriculum areas.  This year, 24 DHH students participated in the competition.  Gift cards were awarded to the first and second place winners.  We are proud of all who participated.
  • On April 22, the annual DHH picnic was held for families and students across the county.  This year’s theme was “Fun Run” which included an obstacle course, games, water activities and a song signing competition for St. Johns County School District American Sign Language programs.  This is not just celebration of students, but a positive way for families who have children with hearing loss to connect and support each other.

ESE Parent Advisory Committee Presentation on April 3rd

APRIL ESE PARENT ADVISORY

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
WELCOMES

EDWARD C. TAYLOR, PH.D.,
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGIST, AND
INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011 – 2017

Topic: RAISING STRUGGLING LEARNERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL,
DURABLE, AND RESILIENT
Date/Time: 4/3/18 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth, St. Augustine, FL 32084

GOAL: To provide interventions and strategies to parents of students with disabilities that will assist students in developing resiliency skills and attitudes, which will enable them to persist in the face of adversity.


The purpose of the committee is to provide input to district staff regarding our ongoing effort to continuously improve services for students with disabilities.  Parents, Educators, Administrators, and Business Representatives are invited and encouraged to attend.

Guardianship Presentation on March 6

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 6:00pm, guest speaker Stephen Furnari will give a presentation on the topic of guardianship at the Fullerwood Training Center located at 10 Hildreth Drive in St. Augustine. Stephen Furnari is a Florida attorney and the founder of GuardianProject.us. The presentation is titled “Guardianship: How to Best Protect Your Child When He or She Turns 18” and will cover:

  • Why you need to consider guardianship if your child has a developmental disability
  • 8 alternatives to guardianship parents use in Florida
  • The benefits and risks of guardianship and its alternatives

Parents, educators, administrators and business representatives are all invited to attend. This event is provided by the ESE Parent Advisory Committee of St. Johns County School District.

ESE Parent Advisory Committee Meetings

The Parent Advisory Committee is composed of parents, educators, administrators, business representatives, and other interested community members concerned with the education of students with disabilities. The purpose of the committee is to provide information to parents and input to district staff regarding our ongoing effort to continuously improve services for students with disabilities.

Topic:  Raising Struggling Learners to Be Successful, Durable, and Resilient
Presenter:  Edward C. Taylor, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Date/Time:  April 3 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 pm
Location:  Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council (GPAC) meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students. Information about giftedness and ways to help our gifted students are presented at these gatherings. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to come to the meetings.

The GPAC meeting schedule is as follows:

Thursday, February 15 Bartram Trail High School 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center
Tuesday, April 17 Nease High School 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center

Facilitated IEP Training for Parents on 1/16

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
WELCOMES

Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources Services (FDLRS)
And
North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC)

Topic: Facilitated IEP Training for Parents
Date/Time: 1/16/18 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth, St. Augustine, FL 32084

GOAL: In an effort to provide parents of ESE students with trainings to increase their ability to actively participate and collaborate with a comprehensive school team, a facilitated IEP training for parents will be provided.

Upcoming Presentation for ESE Parent Advisory Committee

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is composed of parents, educators, administrators, business representatives, and other interested community members concerned with the education of students with disabilities. The purpose of the committee is to provide information to parents and input to district staff regarding our ongoing effort to continuously improve services for students with disabilities.

Topic:  Actively Participating in the Response to Intervention (RtI) Process & Interpreting Psychological Reports

Presenter:  Todd Watson and Kimberly Miller, SJCSD LEAs & Melissa Gullo and Anna Martin, SJCSD School Psychologists

Date/Time:  12/05/17 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location:  Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

Disability Awareness Weeks

Disability Awareness Weeks (the first two weeks of October) were created to highlight the efforts, important contributions and achievements of individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities consist of the nation’s largest minority group, as well as the only group that any of us can become a member of at any time.

In 2016-2017, there were:

  • more than 300,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the K-12 Education system, including more than 5,800 students in the St. Johns County School District;
  • more than 20,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the Florida College System,
  • more than 14,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the State University System.

It is important to continue encouraging individuals with disabilities to realize their abilities in their education, employment and communities, and to reaffirm our commitment to the full inclusion of and equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

Renaissance World Golf Village Partners with Project Search

The Renaissance World Golf Village (WGV) is hosting an internship with a group of district students called Project Search.  The goal of the internship is to teach competitive, marketable and transferable skills for people with disabilities. The acquisition of these skills should lead to competitive employment at WGV or with another community employer.  The intern will also learn employable skills and the workplace culture to assist in the transition from an intern to a successful employee.

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Life Work Transition Program

First Coast Technical College (FCTC) is the new home for the students enrolled in Life Work. The goal of this program is to prepare students for competitive employment through student-centered planning and supported employment skill practice in the community. Students have already begun working at FCTC in the bookstore, cafeteria, and culinary department as well as with the preschool students in Tech Tots. They have also begun travel training with the Sunshine Bus Company, learning to read route maps and schedules to get them to desired work locations.

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