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SLP & Special Education SIG

SLP & Special Education SIG

The MassCUE Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP) and Special Educators SIG has a set purpose and mission to promote the use of technology to reach the learning needs of students with communication disorders and learning disabilities. The SLP & Special Education SIG is for Speech/Language Pathologists and Special Educators.  The goal is to provide information on ways to use technology to support student abilities to communicate, access curriculum, learn, participate in academic and social experiences, increase student independence and preparedness for transition through the secondary education and onward to post-secondary education and careers. Ideas for meetings will be generated by the membership.

SIG Leaders

  • Kim Zajac, Norton Public Schools – kimberlyzajac@norton.k12.ma.us
  • Jen Skowronek, Norton Public Schools – jenniferskowronek@norton.k12.ma.us

About MassCUE Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

MassCUE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) represent a growing network of connected educators, serving every grade level and subject area. Our objective is to transform education by sharing, collaborating and providing professional growth opportunities that affect best practices.

We encourage new SIGs to consider focusing on using 21st Century tools to promote critical thinking and globalization. No matter the type of SIG, the focus should be to develop pedagogy that integrates technology, improving teaching and learning. MassCUE SIGs provide the opportunity for educators to achieve this goal throughout our organization and state.

View a complete list of MassCUE SIGs [4] and learn more about the MassCUE SIG Committee [5].

View the SLP/Special Education Special Interest Group’s Newsletter [6]

#SlpSpedChat Line Up

2/27/18 – 8:30 pm ET Jornea Erwin Co-Moderating on @Flipgrid as a classroom change agent for student voice, formative assessment and so much more!

3/13/18 – 8:30 pm ET Dr. Bonnie Singer Co-Moderating on the topic of supporting literacy and learning in students with learning disabilities!

3/27/18 – 8:30 pm ET Dr. Pooja Agarwal Co-Moderating on the topic of retrieval practices and strategies for ALL students!

4/10/18 – 8:30 pm ET Tisha Richmond & a special guest Co-Moderating on the topic of Inclusion, Innovation & Student Engagement for ALL students from the perspectives of visionary teachers and administrators.

5/3/18 – 8:30 pm ET John O’Sullivan Co-Moderating on the topic of specific AT tools to support student learning and independence in LRE.


The #SlpSpedChat will continue this year on an every other Thursday evening schedule (8:30 pm ET) with rotating co-moderators from membership & other agencies/vendors/resources. We will plan to offer an informal meet & greet at Fall Conference as well as at EdCampSEMass.

Meeting and Events Schedule

October 12, 2017 –  Learning with Microsoft [7]at Norton Middle School from 4:30-6:00pm
Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP [8] if you plan to attend.

February 28, 2018 – Learning with Lexia

As students progress through school, they are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of sophistication in their language and reading skills across all content areas. To do so, students must master the complex words and phrases that characterize the language of school, otherwise known as academic language.

Join Alison Mitchell, Lexia Learning’s Director of Assessment, as she discusses the critical role of academic language in elementary and secondary settings with a focus on how to translate research findings into practical assessment and meaningful instruction. She will also highlight how Lexia’s literacy programs–including the new Lexia PowerUp Literacy™ for non-proficient readers grades 6 and above–support academic language skill development.

Location: Norton Middle School, Norton MA
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Light dinner will be provided to attendees
RSVP HERE [9]

 

April – Wednesday April 25, 2018

Location: Norton Middle School, Norton MA
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

SLP/SPED SIG welcomes John O’Sullivan to Norton Middle School in April 2018 (Date TBA). John will be presenting a hands-on workshop on the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with a tech-driven twist! Attendees will receive complimentary PDF copies of his publications: UDL Technology: Technology for Universal Design for Learning and Special Education and The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2018: Technology for Special Education.

John F. O’Sullivan is a Librarian, an Assistive Technology Specialist and an author of several books on educational technology. His books include UDL Technology, The Teacher’s Awesome App Guide, and Teaching Projects with Computers. He currently holds four certifications in education and has taught under each certification. He works for Chelmsford Public Schools at Chelmsford High School. He has worked in the past as a Special Education Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist. He catalogs educational and assistive technology on his website http://www.teachertech.net/

Follow him on Twitter @The_app_guide