Great Professional Learning and a Goodbye

February 14 marked a day of great learning for the more than 350 special education staff. Teachers and paras engaged in great dialogue and professional development in specially designed instruction, teacher/para collaboration, sensory integration just to name a few.

On another note, we did say goodbye to Dearborn High School Social Worker David Barbour. It was bitter sweet. David has been a leader and advocate for the special education debarment that spans through two decades. We thank David for his great work and accomplishments through out his career in Dearborn. He will truly be missed.

A day of Thanks

The ASD staff  at O.L. Smith held  their annual “A Day of Thanks” feast for students and their families. Led by Ms. Ball, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Saad, students prepared a thanksgiving day feast for their classmates and families. The event started with a video made by students and ended with a great thanksgiving meal. Way to go team Smith!


March Events

Hi Everyone! As we roll into Spring, here are some events scheduled for the Month of March in our Special Education Department:

  • March 5, Departmental Meeting
  • March 7, MICI Committee Meeting
  • March 7, Restorative Practice Facilitator/Technician Meeting
  • March 8, Co-Teaching Steering Committee Meeting
  • March 14, Procedural Manual Meeting
  • March 28, Secondary 3D meeting

Also we are currently working with our PUL parent leaders to reschedule the parent meeting from last night.

Free Seminar: Understanding of depression, anxiety and psychosis in teens

Community members, please join us on February 7, 2018 at Dearborn High School for a free presentation hosted by Wayne State University that includes the early signs, symptoms and treatment options of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. The event will begin at 6:00 P.M. Please see attached flier for more details. Free Parent Guardian Presentation hosted by Dearborn Schools

This week in Special Education

Hello! What an eventful week for the Special Education Department. Monday morning the administrative leadership team met and discussed, among other things, our MDR process and ESSA’s legislation which implements a 1% district cap for students who can take alternative assessment.  On Tuesday, the Progress Monitoring Work group met for their third meeting of the year. During the meeting, three vendors presented progress monitoring tools.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Behavior Consultant, Nikki Sobh and Teacher Consultant, Carrie Schoolmaster completed their second round of a two day Non-Violent Crisis Prevention training. Thus far the two have trained nearly 30 Dearborn Schools staff members.

The week was capped off on Friday when our paraprofessionals continued online training on topics such as behavior management and understanding disabilities. Additionally, ASD paras were trained on specific strategies by district ASD Behavior Specialist, Kim Zarzyki and ASD Teacher Consultant, Meegan Dunn.

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