To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.
The Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Special Education is releasing a newly developed guidance document – Determining Special Education Eligibility for Specific Learning Disabilities. This 2020 version, replaces the Verification Guidelines, Specific Learning Disability 2015. This linked document is available for public comment for 30 days. Should you have questions or comments, please email email@example.com.
Guidance and Resources for Para-educators During Remote Learning
This webinar addresses key roles and responsibilities for paraprofessionals during remote learning and provides specific examples of responsibilities in the areas of preparing virtual instruction, supplementing instruction, monitoring student progress, and communicating with students, colleagues and families. In addition, guidance is offered on ways paraprofessionals can help students with remote learning tasks, set remote learning expectations for students, and engage learners virtually. Resources are provided at the conclusion of the webinar for additional information regarding paraprofessional guidance during remote learning.
The NDE is committed to assisting school communities during public health emergencies. We support school districts in their decisions to keep student and staff safety their top priority. Should a crisis arise, NDE will work closely with other state and federal agencies to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the teaching and learning environment.
Below is communication released by the Office of Special Education Programs to support you as you implement IDEA during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please reach out to our office should you have any further questions.
Schools reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic are facing extraordinary challenges at this time. We know parents have many questions and concerns about what the return to school will look like for their children in special education. Parents want to know how the school district’s plans will meet their child’s needs. How will the school districts address health and safety precautions for students, educators, and other school personnel in regards to scheduling, staffing, social distancing practices, transportation, and more? Please see the linked video for a presentation by our Administrator, Amy Rhone in collaboration with PTI Nebraska: https://www.pti-nebraska.org/amy-rhone/
You may also access the slides and notes for this presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZTbZ5cGvazIbcdCJNcCXEFpyeIqGCgarrCi2K5U7yTQ/edit#slide=id.g8c1f228135_0_0
Upcoming SPED Events
Mark your calendars and be prepared for a lively webinar featuring Dr. Louisa Moats on September 28. 2020! The free event is supported by the Nebraska Dyslexia Association and NDE, Office of Special Education. Dr. Moats will summarize the highlights of her updated paper for the AFT (Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science, 2020), with a focus on what needs to happen to bridge the divide between the world of scientific reading research and typical reading instruction practices. Her presentation is 4:15-5:15 P.M., followed by a Q and A.
This year’s theme of “Paraeducators, The Link to Meaningful Connection” is more relevant than ever! The focus of the conference is how to create and maintain social-emotional connections with students. The breakout sessions are relevant for Paraeducator that work with Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and High School students. These breakout sessions cover a variety of topics Social Emotional Learning, Personal Care Development and Care, Literacy, and Math. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Aria Fiat. Dr. Fiat received her doctoral degree in School Psychology and holds a B.S. degree in Education and Social Policy. She specializes in culturally-responsive therapeutic interventions, universal mental health promotion programs, integrated behavioral healthcare, risk and resilience. Her current research centers around improving capacity for schools to deliver culturally-responsive mental health prevention and intervention programs. She works to cultivate resilience in children, educators, parents, and systems by integrating various therapeutic modalities and adapting them to fit the school context.
Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children
Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019
Public Reporting and Determination Guides
Early Childhood Inter-Agency Coordinating Council
Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights
Maintenance of Effort