Charter Showcases - Friday, August 5, 2011

Session Title / Description Presenters / Strand / Location

Session I:
Friday
9:40 a.m. -
11:20 a.m.

Differentiating Core Content to Meet Diverse Student Needs - CHIME Charter School

Workshop will focus on providing a variety of practical strategies and tools to modify curriculum in order to meet the needs of students with mild to severe disabilities. This will ensure access to the curriculum within the general education classroom.

The presentation will begin with a scavenger hunt, where the participants will have an opportunity to explore a wide range of materials used for differentiation, matching each object with a category on the list provided.

A discussion on how to facilitate participation and learning in the classroom using these tools will follow, ending with a question and answer session.


Presenters:

  • Aparna Jain, MA, SPED Teacher CHIME Charter
  • Kathy Jamison, General Ed Teacher CHIME Charter

Strands: Instructional Strategies - Literacy, Math, Special Education/Service Delivery

Location: Conference Center Bldg. Rm. 205

Response to Intervention: Special Education Strategies for Students and Staff - The Kelter Center and Jardin de La Infancia Charter School

The Kelter Center has worked with Jardin de la Infancia for 5 years to serve their students in the areas of literacy and mathematics. Intensive instruction is delivered to individual students and in small groups. Each student’s progress is carefully monitored using a Response to Intervention model of continual assessment. Special education students with IEPs are also served on a weekly basis.The partnership has raised students’ proficiency in basic skills and provided the staff with excellent professional development seminars and collaborative teaching.

Presenters will share instructional strategies in literacy and math that have been implemented successfully at this school site. The audience will be able to participate in these activities as well as in the discussion regarding these methodologies. Presenters will also present and share the methods used by educational therapists at this site while working with special education students individually and in small groups.

Participants would be able to implement these practices, strategies and techniques presented while still using their adopted textbook programs. The strategies that will be shared are applicable to reading in general and not specifically to any curriculum.

Participants would be able to implement these practices, strategies and techniques presented while still using their adopted textbook programs. The strategies that will be shared are applicable to reading in general and not specifically to any curriculum.


Presenter:

  • Sasha Borenstein, Founder and Director of The Kelter Center

Strands: Response to Intervention, Instructional Strategies - Literacy, Instructional Strategies - Math, Instructional Strategies - Special Education/Service Delivery

Location: Conference Center Bldg. Rm. 214

Lunch/General Session:
Friday
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thinking Creatively: The Learning Center Alternative to a Special Day Program - Partners to Uplift Communities (PUC) Schools

This session explores the Learning Center Class as an alternative to traditional Special Day Class Programs within the special education continuum of services in college preparatory charter schools. The panel presents the history, format, requirements, and instructional practices of the PUC Learning Center Model. Practical applications, and successes and challenges of the program are presented from the perspective of teachers and administrators. Educational, legal, theoretical, and ethical ramifications of policies and practices are discussed. Participants have an opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm with other professionals regarding alternatives to traditional practices within their own special education programs.


Presenters:

  • Kaye Ragland Ed.D, MFT, ET/P
  • Manuel Ponce
  • James Pasto
  • Kate Dove
  • Gloria De Hoyos
  • Vartan Shohmalian

Strands: Leadership, Instructional Strategies, RtI

Location: Grand Ballroom

Session II:
Friday
1:15 p.m. –
3:45 p.m.

Co-Teaching at Granada Hills Charter High School Granada Hills Charter High School

Co-teaching is a service delivery option that is being used increasingly at the secondary level, given current legislation and push for inclusive practices. The presenters will share their rationale for creating and sustaining a program of co-teaching, the research to support their decisions, and the step-by-step actions they have taken in its creation and to ensure its success. Participants will receive handouts to assist them in their endeavors to employ co-teaching successfully in a charter school. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. define the components of effective co-teaching;
  2. identify the benefits of co-teaching for students and teachers;
  3. list the potential barriers of co-teaching in a charter school;
  4. describe ways to minimize or avoid the identified barriers of co-teaching;
  5. state the steps taken by Granada Hills Charter High School to implement a pilot co-teaching program;
  6. apply those steps to their own situation to determine potential next steps for them and their own schools.


Presenter:

  • Martin Eisen, Special Educator

Strands: Instructional Strategies, Co-Teaching

Location: Conference Center Bldg. Rm. 214

What Would Option 1 Look Like? - Our Community School  

Our Community School has been operating as a "true school of the district" for the last 3 years. We turn over all special education funds plus an encroachment in exchange for all supports and services being provided by the district at our site. We will review with interested schools what this includes and doesn't include, what the highlights and pit falls are and what you might expect if you take this option in the future.

We will have small group discussions and take examples from the issues they have faced at their school and how it could be handled if they were Option 1 schools.

We are collecting our own testing data on our students annually.

Informational for schools considering option 1.


Presenters:

  • Chris Ferris, Principal of Our Community School
  • Beth Wolfsbauer, Assistant Principal, Our Community School

Strands: Instructional Strategies - Special Education/Service Delivery

Location: Conference Center Bldg. Rm. 205