The New Jersey Coalition For Inclusive Education, NJICE is continuing helping Parents with its online presence, while in person assistance remains suspended. They are beginning a series of “Lunch & Learn” via ZOOM or via telephone.
“We will be covering different topics each day, but please feel free to ask any questions and we’ll try to answer them.
MONDAY, MARCH 23 @ 1:00 P.M.
Weeding Through the Web: Virtual Tours, Sing-Alongs, Story Time and Fun for All Ages
with Jessica & Katherine
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 @ 8:00 P.M.
Learning Beyond Your Kitchen Table: Finding Opportunities for Learning in Your Daily Life
with Kristy & Kim
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 @ 1:00 P.M.
Friendly Support Friday
with Michelle & Jessica
To join a Lunch and Learn session:
Meeting ID: 237 730 1823
Dial one of the numbers below to phone in:
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
The meeting ID and phone numbers are the same for each session.
Have trouble reaching us? Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.”
Our next Meeting (Nov. 13, at BHS, from 6-8 P.M.) is not aimed at only Special Ed Students. Any student or parent may benefit from this very helpful and informative Forum. So please spread the word among your friends and school families. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions of our Presenters following their talks.
Our topics will be overview of Suite 360 and the Wingman initiative.
Assistant Superintendent of Bloomfield Schools, Joseph Fleres, will give a presentation about Suite 360.
“Suite360 provides students with information and techniques to support self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making. In addition, the program addresses specific topics such as cyberbullying, academic success, substance abuse and many other challenges students and communities face. Finally, the program provides behavior intervention support for students who experience common conduct issues.”
Bloomfield Schools Supervisor of Guidance, K-8, Michael Bruno, will give a presentation about The Wingman Program.
The Wingman Initiative- “Wingman is a unique youth leadership program from Dylan’s Wings of Change that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. Wingman inspires children to be more empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders. The Wingman program is being used in schools, dance studios, running clubs, summer camps and after school programs to promote accepting and inclusive environments around the world.
We look forward to seeing you on what is bound to be a most informative evening.
– Your Bloomfield SEPAC Team Members
Our final Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting of this School Season will be this Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at BHS from 6-8 P.M.
We are very pleased that our featured presenter will be the Director of Special Services for the Bloomfield School District, Ms. Keri Regina. Ms. Regina will report on the status of Special Services throughout Bloomfield Schools for this school season and also discuss promising new initiatives for the upcoming Fall School Season.
Additionally, any Parent who would like to serve on the Bloomfield SEPAC Board is welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss further participation as a SEPAC BOARD MEMBER.
We look forward to seeing you at this helpful and informative Meeting.
Your Bloomfield SEPAC TEAM.
There were two very informative presentations at the May 8, 2018, Bloomfield Board of Education Meeting. One was about “What’s Ahead” in Special Education in our schools, with Bloomfield’s Director for Special Services, Keri Regina and one of the Crisis Counselors at BHS, Heather Cannon, MSW, LCSW.
Ms. Regina told us about a special grant from the NJ Department of Education that will provide 10 days training to Staff who are involved with the Early Intervention Process. This deals with the very young children that are incoming to our District, from age 3 and up. She cited the need to better identify the situations these students face and to help develop more and improved ways to communicate with their incoming parents to help them understand the Special Education Programs, evaluations etc.. There were some videos of students in Inclusion Classes at Grammar Schools with the teachers co-teaching. It showed a seamless process of blending Special Needs students and typical students at two schools.
Ms. Regina mentioned the large scope of the task of managing our Special Needs population which is close to 1,000 students. She had thanks and praise for all of her Staff, describing the collaborative efforts from Supervisors, Educators, School Psychologists, Paraprofessionals, Therapists, etc. in working to find methods that are helpful and utilising them. She also spoke of learning new approaches for Special Education. also a new method for helping students with Dyslexia. The month of May, being Mental Health Month, and mental health being so vital for all of our students, Ms. Regina introduced Ms. Heather Cannon, MSW, LCSW, and one of the Crisis Counselors at BHS.
Ms. Cannon described working along with the other BHS Crisis Counselor, Ms. Cindy Sherman and the vast job of helping some of our students. They deal with things that are bothersome on students minds on any given day, along with groups of students dealing with more serious ongoing situations. There will soon be a website and smart phone app where students can contact her staff and even contact Bloomfield Police in dire emergencies and this app will be functional all year round. Ms. Cannon also described connecting when needed with Mountainside and Clara Maas Hospitals, Bloomfield Police and other local agencies.
Ms. Kristie Arnold and Ms. Suzanne Johnson gave a fine presentation about “Researched-Based Literacy Instruction.” They described the many ways of increasing literacy among students of all ages and described various methodology used by the District Educators in both book form and digital form. References were made in particular to Newsela, Newsela, Click here. This site breaks down current news stories and presents them according to a student’s reading level. They also described methods for students being able to annotate text digitally and being able to have interaction with their teachers through online methods, including the capability of handing in homework that was done online using the Google Platform. All high school grades will have Chromebooks next year as well.
My favorite part was video clips of the students “caught” reading. Sometimes just for fun, sometimes for classwork and reading both regular books as well as online material.
These were two truly informative presentations and we at Bloomfield SEPAC are grateful for the dedicated work of all those involved.
(Please note: This is merely a synopsis and is not intended to cover every item discussed at the Meeting during my time there.)
Please join us for our next SEPAC Meeting – on Wednesday, March 14th at BHS from 6-8 P.M. It is a great opportunity to get helpful information from inspirational and knowledgeable Speakers and meet with other Bloomfield Parents and Special Ed Staff. Parents helping Parents is why we exist.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening. – Your Bloomfield SEPAC Team
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