The Bloomfield Board of Education broadcast their Board Meeting last night, (Oct. 13, 2020.) Superintendent Goncalves and Assistant Superintendent Joseph Fleres gave very comprehensive details on the current Plans to reopen Schools for In-Person Classes on Nov.30, 2020 and on maintaining Virtual Classes for Parents who choose to do so; including schedules, safety measures and Staffing.
They fielded numerous questions from Bloomfield Parents as did the B.O.E, Members. Thus far, over 2,000 have viewed this video. This allowed for many more Bloomfielders to “attend” the Meeting and they took time to answer many more questions than could have been answered under regular conditions.
Throughout the array of emotions I have experienced during this strange and difficult year, perhaps the one I have felt most acutely is gratitude. This might seem strange, considering we are separated from our loved ones and face the illness and loss of so many in our cities, towns, and circle of friends and family. But when we closed our doors abruptly in March we had no idea how we were going to move forward to help the students and families we serve, let alone whether we would ever be able to open our doors again.
Now, as summer winds to a close, The Yellin Center has been open for three months and we have worked with many students, both in-person and via remote technology. Our staff has done a really fantastic job of creating a safe space in our New York City office and in supporting the families with whom we work. For that, and for the continuing health of our team and my family, I am enormously grateful.
Remote Learning Webinar Next Week
As the school year begins, families face unprecedented challenges. Whether students attend school in-person (full or part-time), or are learning completely online, the pressure on families, students, and teachers is enormous. How can we help our children cope – and what can we do to make things better?
To help answer that question, I am delighted to report that I will be presenting a webinar on Observations and Opportunities: Supporting Your Child in Remote Learning, together with Kim Carter and Betsey Bradley, Executive Director and Community Director, respectively, of the Q.E.D Foundation, Inc. on Friday, September 4 at 12 p.m. EDT.
Kim, Betsey, and I will be offering a unique opportunity for parents to observe, understand, and support children as learners. We will provide strategies you can apply immediately to better understand your child’s learning needs and tools you can use to support their learning.
As some of you may know, The Yellin Center grew out of the work of All Kinds of Minds, where I served as National Director for Clinical Services until I launched The Yellin Center as an independent organization in 2007. QED Foundation acquired All Kinds of Minds in 2012, and has proudly continued the work of bridging the science of learning with learning design based on the recognition that all students are good learners. QED and The Yellin Center share the philosophy and commitment to these Guiding Principles. QED and The Yellin Center have been close collaborators for the past decade in advancing their shared values and principles, continuing to develop the NeuroDevelopmental Framework for Learning (NDFL) and other resources, and working to increase accessibility to these resources for everyone who works with learners of any age.
From the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities:
“Every five years, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities develops a State Plan that reflects a comprehensive review of major service systems and issues as they affect children, teens, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in New Jersey. The State Plan is developed in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The Council’s work centers around system change activities.
The plan is important because it outlines goals, objectives, and activities that the NJCDD will implement in order to bring about system change. The State Plan guides the work of the Council and drives decisions about how staff and fiscal resources are used.
Right now, NJCDD is in the process of developing its Five-Year State Plan for the period from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2026.
We are gathering input from the community to formulate our goals for the next five years. We want to hear from individuals with I/DD, families, caregivers, service providers and other stakeholders about what is working for people with developmental disabilities; what needs to change; and, how could it be changed.”
We were all set for a terrific joint presentation with the good folks over at Glen Ridge Association for Special Education (GRASE) about TRANSITION to Adulthood for older students back in April. That was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID. However, here is a second chance to learn some information about TRANSITION by stepping in virtually to The ARC of NJ’s Webinar on Transition WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, FROM 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
The NJ Department of Human Services has created a quick guide to help residents make informed decisions for their families as it relates to public charge and public benefits. It is important that families understand that they have access to some resources regardless of their immigration status, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
El NJ Departamento de Servicios Humanos ha creado una guía rápida para ayudar a los residentes a tomar decisiones informadas para sus familias en relación con la carga pública y los beneficios públicos. Es importante que las familias entiendan que tienen acceso a algunos recursos independientemente de su estado migratorio, especialmente durante la crisis de COVID-19.
Our March 4th, Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting will indeed be a very useful and important one that will feature renowned Special Needs Attorneys Beth Manes Esq. and Jessica Weinberg Esq. of the law firm of Manes & Weinberg. The Meeting takes place at BHS from 6-8 PM. You can learn about Parents and Students rights in Special Education and Ms. Manes and Ms. Weinberg will take some questions from the audience too.
You wont want to miss this opportunity to learn more about your Rights and ways to improve your child’s IEP. We look forward to seeing you, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6-8 PM at BHS.
IEP Facilitation is a FREE service offered by the NJ Department of Education, using the services of an impartial person, who is not employed by the school district, nor the Dept of Education, who is experienced and has training with the IEP Process.
It is a voluntary service and differs from going to Mediation or a Due Process Hearing. It can help all of the IEP Team, Parents included, to better understand and develop an IEP by proposing certain goals, accommodations, therapies etc. and help reach an IEP that is mutually acceptable.