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New Opportunity from PATINS!
AEMing for Achievement Grant
The PATINS Project-Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) will provide:
1. Intensive, but friendly, and direct assistance with bringing your district into full compliance with Accessible Instructional Materials implementation and data collection for the purpose of increasing student achievement.
2. Dedicated PATINS-ICAM Staff meeting your district where it is currently, both in-person & online, as frequently as you need, for the rest of this grant cycle (school year).
3. Free Access to the Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) for your district's buildings & direct training on using it! Read more about uPAR here: http://donjohnston.com/upar/#.VEEpVBZIUeQ
4. Focused Assistance to students identified as benefiting from reading accommodations in 2 primary ways. First, is ensuring your district is in compliance with the seven Quality Indicators for providing Accessible Instructional Materials and second is assisting your staff in the collection and analysis of data to guide accommodations and to demonstrate growth.
Each LEA that is selected will be required to assemble an AEMing for Achievement Coordinating Committee (AEMCC). PATINS/ICAM will designate staff to work collaboratively with the AEMCC. All participants should be committed to devising a detailed plan, and to fulfilling the goals of that plan. Committee members should consist of an administrator, special education staff, general education staff, digital rights manager, and related service personnel, but can include others such as students and parents as well. We recommend 4 - 7 committee members to begin with.
1. An initial training face to face will be required on Nov. 20th in Indianapolis for at least 2 committee members from each district. More are welcome!
2. A follow-up collaboration day will be required on April 24, 2015 for at least 2 committee members from each district. More are welcome!
LEAs interested in this opportunity should COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION by November 7, 2014.
All Indiana LEAs are welcome to apply and the selection of LEAs will be based on the information included in the application. Please note that applications should be submitted by school district, not the special education cooperative.
"Accessible Learning in Indiana: Materials, Modes, and Measurement"
Keynote Speaker: Josh Blue
November 18 - 19, 2014
Downtown Crowne Plaza
To Register: http://bit.ly/stateconf14
Please Save the Date:
April 23, 2015
PATINS Tech Expo
Wyndham Indianapolis West
2544 Executive Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241
FREE registration will be available in January.
We hope you can join us for this well-attended annual event.
INTRODUCTION TO UNIFIED ENGLISH BRAILLE
Training will be held at all 5 PATINS Sites!
We will spotlight one of our Vendor friends on our Featured Vendor Spotlight Page each month. They will also be featured on our PATINS TV channel, complete with product demonstrations and special pricing. We are proud to welcome Don Johnston, Inc. as our Featured Vendor for October 2014!
Upcoming Featured Vendors:
November: Westminster Technologies
December: Empower Learning
January: GH, LLC
February: Project Discovery
April: Prentke Romich Company
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month August - May
11:45 a.m. (EST) -
12:00 p.m. (EST)
Our next PATINS TV episode will air on November 4th.
Julie Kuhn discusses iTunes U and how PATINS is getting involved. Want to take a course? Tune in to find out how!
Plan to join 5 minutes early if you can. You'll be prompted to install an optional piece of software the first time, which will make the video run smoother. We welcome questions, concerns, comments, AND SUGGESTIONS for future PATINS TV Topics that YOU want to have us cover! Email Jeff Bond at email@example.com.
Tech Tip: Virtual Nerd Update
Back in May 2013, I shared with you Virtual Nerd. Virtual Nerd provides interactive video tutorials in math and science. Positioned as an alternative to private tutoring, Virtual Nerd's patent-pending tutorial system presents users with in-context information, hints, and links to supporting tutorials, synchronized with videos, each 3-7 minutes long. In this non-linear system, users are free to take whatever path through the material best serves their needs. There are over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2. Now there's an app!
Future of Indiana Modified Achievement Standards Test (IMAST)
This document from Dr. Michele Walker, Director of Student Assessment and Becky Bowman, Director of Special Education explains assessment options which must be explored with Case Conference Committees that have already selected IMAST for 2014-15, as well as those Case Conference Committees which have yet to meet to determine 2014-15 assessment-related decisions.
The newly redesigned www.Teachindy.com has been optimized to help parents and educators gain an inside view into our educational community. CIESC Media Services started by organizing 50+ educational videos into searchable categories. Viewers can search by topic, tags, or by the customized search bar. All of these details help viewers watch more, and learn more. TeachIndy wants to link you only to relevant content, that will help you better engage our community of educators. A teacher blog page has been added to provide an outlet for teacher created and media related information. TeachIndy hopes that you take advantage of our redesigned site, and that you will help spread the word.
The PATINS Project is proud of every "starfish" that we help get back into the ocean. See how we are making a difference!
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