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Routines-Based Interview-Fidelity Coach

In this seven-part video series, Dr. Naomi Younggren presents on the Routines-Based Interview-Fidelity Coach (RBI-FC), which is designed to offer providers, teams, and programs tools to define, observe, and assess accurate and consistent implementation of the RBI. Continue Reading Routines-Based Interview-Fidelity Coach

Maryland’s Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education System Personnel Standards – Effective August 1, 2019

This webinar provides an overview of the REVISED Personnel Standards requirements for early intervention providers and recommendations for preschool special education educators and related service providers and delivers an introduction to Maryland’s Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education Personnel Standards Database. Continue Reading Maryland’s Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education System Personnel Standards – Effective August 1, 2019

Autism Waiver Renewal Application Approved!

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the application to renew Maryland’s Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly referred to as the Autism… Continue Reading Autism Waiver Renewal Application Approved!

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Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski was honored to open the 25th anniversary Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) Spring Institute on May 30th. Formed in 1994 through a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Technology in Education, MATN connects educators, families, policy-makers, and leaders who are committed to… Continue Reading Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Recipients of award at Medicaid Workshop

17 Local School Systems, Infants and Toddlers Programs, and Nonpublic Schools Recognized for Exceptional Medicaid Billing Outcomes

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) hosted a Medicaid Workshop and highlighted the achievements of 17 local school systems, infants and toddlers programs, and nonpublic schools with exceptional Medicaid billing outcomes! Kudos to: Anne Arundel & Calvert County Public Schools, Allegany, Somerset, Calvert, St Mary’s, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester,… Continue Reading 17 Local School Systems, Infants and Toddlers Programs, and Nonpublic Schools Recognized for Exceptional Medicaid Billing Outcomes

Marcella Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent, celebrates with students, teachers, and community partners

Marcella Franczkowski celebrates community partnerships with Pocomoke High and Cedar Chapel Special School

As the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services knows, nothing is more important than building strong partnerships between families and school community. On May 4, Marcella Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent, was honored to celebrate Pocomoke High School, Cedar Chapel Special School, and their community partners who are coming together to make a difference… Continue Reading Marcella Franczkowski celebrates community partnerships with Pocomoke High and Cedar Chapel Special School

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Everyone Has Something to ADD! Teaching mathematics to students with significant cognitive disabilities

The Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, under the leadership of Marcella E. Franczkowski, recently hosted “Everyone Has Something to ADD!” with national expert Dr. Jenny Root. After the conference, Nancy Schmitt interviewed Dr. Root to explore the central themes of her presentation.  Continue Reading Everyone Has Something to ADD! Teaching mathematics to students with significant cognitive disabilities

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Take the Quiz: Misconceptions about Physical Education for Students with Disabilities

There are often misconceptions regarding what Adapted Physical Education (APE) is, what students are eligible to receive it, and who can deliver it. Test your knowledge of APE by taking this quiz Continue Reading Take the Quiz: Misconceptions about Physical Education for Students with Disabilities

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Franczkowski Addresses Attendees at the 10th Annual Polar Plunge Cool Schools Challenge

An unusually rainy, windy January day did nothing to deter young Polar Plunge-goers at the 2019 Maryland State Police Polar Plunge Cool Schools Challenge, held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland. On Thursday, January 24th, students from across Maryland braved the cold Bay in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Assistant State Superintendent Marcella… Continue Reading Franczkowski Addresses Attendees at the 10th Annual Polar Plunge Cool Schools Challenge