The Special Education Department's Collective Commitment to Student Success
We are committed to the continual improvement of every student's academic and social performance by:
- Having high expectations for all students
- Differentiating instruction
- Providing educators with tools to identify gaps in student instruction and achievement in order to implement programs/strategies that will address specific skill deficits
- Ensuring all educators are accountable for student success
- Effective utilization of resources (time, staff and funding)
- Growing teacher leaders
- Advocating for collaboration among all staff
- Maintaining a high level of professional development
- Increasing home and community awareness/involvement
Martin Hendrix Arden Goodman
Director of Special Education Asst. Director of Special Education
Mary Lynn Clark
The 48th Annual Exceptional Children’s Conference (CEC) was held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky November 24-26. Several teachers and administrators who submitted a proposal for presentation were selected as presenters this year.
Beckie Brown (Ninth Grade School) and Emily Kennedy (Southern Elementary) presented Using Technology to Teach Students with Significant Needs. Their audience learned ways to create a classroom environment that’s creative, engaging and promotes a lifelong love of technology.
Bill Willson (Cardinal Academy) presented De-Escalation and the Angry Student. The audience learned the stages of emotions and cognitive functioning of students who are emotionally escalating and de-escalating. Mr. Willson helped them to conceptualize positive interventions with an upset student to lead to positive outcomes. The audience was taught to develop a plan of action, in collaboration with a student, that the student can use to avoid becoming upset in future stressful situations.
Carol Ann Morrison (Royal Spring Middle School) presented Progress Monitoring Made Easy. Mrs. Morrison provided tools needed to set up and manage weekly progress monitoring toward behavior and academic IEP goals. Audience members were able to walk away feeling confident in collecting and providing data to support decision making and developing IEP goals that can easily be monitored on a weekly basis.
Amity Norton (District-wide) and colleagues Carrie Chowning (VI teacher and O&M Specialist in Nelson County) and Teri Wing (VI teacher in Bullitt County) presented Making Technology Work for You. Audience members learned the practical and purposeful uses of the iPad in the classroom for all students, with emphasis on students with visual impairments.
Theresa Shoup (Garth Elementary) presented Learning Core Content with Poetry and Music. Mrs. Shoup’s session provided hands-on activities to address core content standards by creating poems and songs using vocabulary, whole brain teaching techniques, and differentiated instruction for all students. Participants learned tools to teach students to use this process and also learned about other educationally based music resources.
Martin Hendrix and Arden Goodman (Central Office) presented Determining the Need for a Paraeducator. Administrators from other districts were given practical tools to assist in the process of determining when a special education paraeducator is required for a program or student.
CEC also recognized special educators across the Commonwealth who have completed 25 years of service. Those honored from Scott County Schools include Nancy Thomason, Pam Marcum, Elaine Brawner and Martin Hendrix.
CEC showcased students from across the Commonwealth as Yes I Can! Award winners. There are seven areas for which winners are chosen: Academics, Transition/Vocational Training, Arts, School and Community, Self-Advocacy, Technology and Athletics. Scott County Schools was proudly represented by Miss Elizabeth “Bess” Thornton, a student at Eastern Elementary. Bess is the Kentucky Yes I Can! Award winner in the area of Athletics. She is on the cross country team for her school and is an inspiration to all who know her. Congratulations, Bess!
Emily Kennedy and Beckie Brown
Carol Ann Morrison
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