SPED In the Press/Awards
Special Education In The Press/Awards
In collaboration with CTE/Adult Education and Business Support Services, Director Tiffany King is very excited to bring the PUSD District Office Cafe back to life. “the kitchen tABLE” is a project that will include utilizing the cafe to provide culinary, business, hospitality, and agricultural lessons for our students in the Adult Transition Program, along with opportunities for their general education and special education CTE peers from across the district to join them in meaningful multidisciplinary lessons. The program was featured in a lengthy article in the Pomerado News.
Six Poway Unified schools rewarded for their inclusion programs
Los Peñasquitos Elementary School, Morning Creek Elementary School, Sunset Hills Elementary School
Bottom row from left to right:
Twin Peaks Middle School, Del Norte High School, Poway High School
Four Poway Unified schools receive banners for inclusion programs
“This is tough work. It’s a lot of work but it’s the right work,” Phelps said.
Poway Unified sees success with program to integrate special education students
Part of the challenge is to find the best ways that individual children learn and then adapt accordingly, she said.
On Jan. 20, Hillebrecht led her co-taught (two teachers in the same classroom) class in a game about natural disasters. Students had to communicate without using words to complete sentences with facts about natural disasters and then read them aloud for the rest of the class to repeat.
“Nearly 50 percent of that class is special ed and you’d never know,” she said outside of her classroom. “They love interacting with each other.”
Poway Unified wins state award for special education program
A Poway Unified School District program that has redesigned special education services and instruction to move more students into the general education setting has been honored with a state award.
The district received the the Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association in the special education category for its Inclusive Practices Program.
Back to School: Successes and challenges of special education
At our recent “State of the District” event, PUSD leadership shared stories of success, innovation and challenges within our 39 schools. But one story that really stood out to me and our audience was the story shared by Associate Superintendent Greg Mizel about a young child. He described how the little girl’s mother came up to their principal one day at school and through tears, told him that for the first time in the four years since her child had been attending that elementary school, she had received her first-ever invitation to a classmate’s birthday party.
Poway Unified brings students together in pilot program with new approach to special education
Poway launches pilot program aimed at mainstreaming special ed students
About a dozen of the students in the class are in special education, and the rest are their general education peers. Watching them work, you can’t easily tell who is who. They work in groups of three or four, with a teacher and instructional aid moving between clusters of students to guide them.
Intentional partnerships help San Diego-area district improve school-parent relations
Webinar linked here - The Transformative Power of Engaging Parents as Partners