Serve a Helping of Vocabulary
Christie Flayhart shares insights into applying UDL principles to reading instruction. Read her latest blog and sample activities here.
Apps for Everyday
Show Me is a free app thal allows you to turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard. Record voiceover tutorials to explain difficult concepts and share them with students and parents through email too.
From the Asst. State Supt.
The DSE/EIS is embarking on the implementation of its bold statewide Strategic Plan—Moving Maryland Forward. The Plan focuses on narrowing achievement gaps for students, particularly children with disabilities from birth through age 21. Over the next five years, the DSE/EIS will target four strategically chosen Action Imperatives. The Plan, which is fully integrated into the overall aims of MSDE, includes a strong commitment to collaboration and shared responsibility, multi-tiered systems of support, and family and community partnerships. Moving Maryland Forward was developed and informed by the innovative thinking and transformative ideas of stakeholders from across the State. This included Local School System superintendents, special education directors, early intervention and preschool special education coordinators, instruction and curriculum specialists, family advocates and support coordinators, and parents and community partners. The DSE/EIS Assistant State Superintendent’s Advisory Council, State Advisory Councils, and the DSE/EIS leadership staff collaborated to produce this final plan.
I sincerely appreciate the significant contributions of all stakeholders, as well as the specialized and general educators who engaged in developing this Strategic Plan. I feel certain that—guided by Moving Maryland Forward—we will together improve outcomes for all children and families and narrow achievement gaps for specialized populations.
Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S.
Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Click here to download a copy of the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services’ strategic plan for Moving Maryland Forward to the benefit of children and youth with disabilities and developmental delays.
Apps for Preschool
It’s no secret that mobile devices and their appealing apps are everywhere. But apps for the littlest users among us? Yes, that’s right. Apps for preschoolers are out and receiving positive feedback. Take a look at a few for yourself. You’ll find a whole list in the Individualized Education channel. We'll also continue to highlight a few favorites right here on the home page under Apps for Preschool. Click here to read more.
Gluten-free, casein free, no peanuts, no dyes, no orange vegetables… the list of what kids can’t and won’t eat can be exhausting. At the same time, you want meals and snacks that are nutritious, tasty, easy, and best of all – will get the pickiest of eaters to gobble them up. We are looking for recipes that have been proven to work with the picky eaters in your life. Send in your recipe, ingredients, a photo (optional), and a short description of why you know your dish will get the pickiest of eaters to say ‘Yum!’ Each month, we will pick a recipe to feature on Maryland Learning Links, and you will see your name in lights if your recipe is chosen. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5 : General SICC Meeting
December 10: Dr. Kristen O'Donnell at The Auburn School in Baltimore (6pm) “Preventing the Peak: Strategies to Defuse Anger and Aggression in Young Children"
December 12 : B-21 Leadership Teleconference
December 19 : SESAC Executive Team
February 1, 2014 : Save the Date for CEC Professional Development Event: Success in Mathematics for Students with Disabilities - Registration in early January