Special Education News


There are great things happening everyday in the special education community at DCPS. Stay up to date with all the latest DCPS special education news, from exciting classes and programs to excellent special education teachers, staff and students. You also can sign up to receive the monthly special education e-newsletter.

 

Mamie D. Lee Wildcats Help OFMR

Students from Mamie D. Lee work closely with their teachers and OFMR staff to acquire workforce skills. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Employee: Dr. Nathaniel Beers

Dr. Nathaniel Beers is the new Chief of Special Education and he sat down with us to answer a few questions about his vision for special education at DCPS and what inspires him. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Employee: Brenton Higgins

I wanted to be a teacher but realized my true passion was in community outreach. I want people to know that we’re a community and we understand that in order to succeed as an education system, we need a collaborative effort between all parties involved. Learn More »

Learning is still in session at Thomson's Camp Let's Go!

July 26, 2011 - Camp Let's Go! brings together children with and without language challenges to explore their world and enhance their communication skills through a variety of thematic hand-on activities that include music, arts & crafts, and field trips. Learn More »

Special Education Class Wins Contest

June 9, 2011 - When Patricia Sanker entered her class’s submission in the United Black Fund’s annual “I love life and want to live!” campaign, she had no idea how successful it would be. Learn More »

Going for the Gold at the 2011 Summer Olympics

June 3, 2011 -- More than 600 DCPS athletes participated in the DC Special Olympics this year, competing in track and field events, soccer, volleyball and bocce one the athletic fields at the Catholic University of America, That makes it one of the largest Special Olympics games in the country, according to Tom Kling, senior director of programs and sports at Special Olympics DC. Learn More »

DCPS Partners with Local Nonprofit to Prepare Students for College and Career

May 31, 2011 -- At any age, finding employment can be a nerve-wracking experience. From writing a resume to interviewing – it takes preparation and dedication. And while graduation and finding employment can seem far away to high school students, it’s important that they start preparing for life after DCPS. That’s why the transition team at DCPS is focused on providing students with disabilities with an individualized transition process. Learn More »

Mamie D. Lee Provides Students with Job Opportunities at Local Work Sites

May 26, 2011 -- For nearly 20 years, the Mamie D. Lee School has partnered with organizations such as the Navy Yard, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington Hospital Center and the National Museum of the American Indian to provide its students with hands-on job experience. Learn More »

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The Non-Public Team's Case Managers Help Students Stay in School

May 13, 2011 -- Donica Tate and Nickaya Foster, case managers for the non-public team at DCPS, don’t hesitate when asked what they think is the most important part of their job. They both agree that the answer is listening. For the past three years, the non-public team has used case managers to focus on bringing back to school the DCPS students at non-public schools who are truant. Learn More »

Pamela Hagans

Ms. Pamela Hagans has been a support teacher at Beers Elementary School for the past 10 years. She talks about why she left a law office to pursue a career in the classroom. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Educator: Judy Williams

This occasional series highlights the special education staff who work within the schools and alongside teachers and central office staff to make sure students with disabilities are getting the most out of their education. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Principal: Rahman Branch

Rahman Branch has been the principal of Ballou High School for the past three years. We asked him about his role as a leader and how he is working to create the best possible learning environment for all of his students. Learn More »

DCPS Students Demonstrate the Impact of Assistive Technology Devices in the Classroom

April 28, 2011 -- A laptop isn’t just a fun piece of technology for Wallace Dews, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School. It’s the difference between being able to read his book for English class and not. Learn More »

Rock Creek Academy Parent Information Sessions

The purpose of these meetings is to inform Rock Creek Academy (RCA) families about DCPS’ response to the recent OSSE findings of the school’s noncompliance with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as District of Columbia regulations. District of Columbia Public Schools staff will be available to answer your questions in general, as well as any questions specific to your child. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Student: Alexis McGee

Alexis McGee is a twelfth grade student at Woodrow Wilson High School. She is an honor roll student who likes her English and algebra classes, and who hopes to work in radio broadcasting. Alexis also is visually impaired. Learn More »

Karen Bell

Ms. Karen Bell is a fourth, fifth and sixth grade special education teacher at Emery Education Campus. Ms. Bell has taught for DC Public Schools for 10 years. She recently was awarded a Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, an honor given to 20 DCPS teachers for their extraordinary work as educators. Learn More »

An Inside Look at ABA Coaches, Members of the DCPS Autism Services Team

April 12, 2011 -- Meet Shanna Hirsch and Megan Gregory-Morley, two members of the autism services team who work with parents and teachers to provide them with best practices for supporting students with autism. Learn More »

First DCPS Student Graduates from the AdvancePath Academy

April 5, 2011 -- Dressed in a white cap and gown, Terry Ray Wilkes rang a hand bell proudly in front of his classmates. This bell is what all AdvancePath Academy students will ring when they graduate. Terry is the first. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Parent: Ty'ease SetepenRa

Ty’ease SetepenRa is a DCPS parent. Her son, Bakari, is in the second grade at Barnard Elementary School. We asked her about her experience with DCPS and its special education programs. Learn More »

School Partnership Provides Special Education Students with Internship and Extracurricular Activities

March 31, 2011 -- For two of the special education staff members at Coolidge High School and Mamie D. Lee School, partnering to better serve the needs of their students with special needs was one of the best – and easiest – decisions they ever made. Learn More »

Meet the Frontline Staff for DCPS Students at Non-Public Schools

March 29, 2011 -- For the more than 2,000 District of Columbia Public Schools students attending Non-Public schools, the DCPS progress monitors play a major role in making sure that students are supported by DCPS, and in regularly engaging and interacting with their parents and families. Learn More »

Alisa Haliburton

Ms. Alisa Halliburton is an autism teacher at Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson. She teaches five students with autism between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Ms. Haliburton has taught for DC Public Schools for 10 years. Learn More »

Three Highly Effective Special Education Teachers Honored with Rubenstein Awards

March 24, 2011 -- Earlier this month, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the 20 recipients of the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, an award that recognizes the outstanding work of DCPS educators. Of those selected, three were highly effective special education teachers. Learn More »

U.S. Secretary of Education Visits Beers Elementary School, Discusses Best Practices

March 16, 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Alexa Posny and representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education met with Beers Elementary School staff and parents earlier this week about their schoolwide approach to learning and inclusion. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Educator: Faye Christian

This occasional series highlights the special education staff who work within the schools and alongside teachers and central office staff to make sure students with disabilities are getting the most out of their education. Ms. Christian is a clinical social worker at Beers Elementary School and Moten Elementary School @ Wilkinson. Learn More »

New Version of Blackman-Jones Database Will Better Serve DCPS Students and Families

March 8, 2011 -- DCPS today released the third and latest version of the Blackman-Jones database, which helps both DC Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education respond to and resolve special education due process complaints, hearing officer determinations and settlement agreements. Learn More »

Autism Support Teachers Find Success in Data Collection

March 4, 2011 -- Ms. Adelay Ngide, an autism support teacher at Kelly Miller Middle School, believes in the ABC’s when it comes to her class. That’s ABC – A for Antecedent, B for Behavior and C for Consequence – a data collection method that she and the 43 other autism support teachers at DCPS use to help their autistic students achieve in the classroom, and to improve their classroom and behavior management skills. Learn More »

The Tigers Roar into the First Basketball Season at Hamilton

February 23, 2011 -- The Hamilton Tigers had their first ever basketball season this fall at the Hamilton Center, a school that provides specialized instruction to students who are diagnosed as emotionally disturbed in grades first through eighth. Learn More »

School-to-Work Programs Nearly Triple Enrollment, Increase Capacity for DCPS Special Education Students

February 22, 2011 -- Two school-to-work programs, Bridges…From School to Work and Project SEARCH, have more than doubled their enrollment and capacity, providing even more DCPS students with disabilities the opportunity to learn real world skills through local employment opportunities. Learn More »

Early Stages Executive Director Discusses Importance of Early Intervention on National Radio

February 11, 2011 -- Dr. Nathaniel Beers, executive director of the Early Stages Center, was recently interviewed by a number of national radio stations at Health Action 2011, a national health care grassroots meeting held in Washington, D.C. Learn More »

DCPS Blind and Visually Impaired Students Celebrate Black History Month

February 11, 2011 -- “When I lost my sight I realized I needed to reach out and bring things to me. That’s called self-advocacy,” said Don Galloway, president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of the District of Columbia. Learn More »

Learning Lab at Phelps Gives Students a Leg up on Homework Assignments

February 8, 2011 -- There are few words that can make students groan more loudly than this one can: homework. After waking up early for a day of classes, it’s sometimes easy to forget to complete a homework assignment at the end of the day. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Educator: Tinesha Williams

This occasional series highlights the special education staff who work within the schools and alongside teachers and central office staff to make sure students with disabilities are getting the most out of their education. Learn More »

DCPS Afterschool Program Helps Blind and Visually Impaired Students Explore Their Future

January 28, 2011 -- “Does anyone know how to use Facebook?” asks Norma Villanueva, program director of low incidence disabilities for the Office of Special Education at DC Public Schools. Learn More »

South African Delegation Discusses Education Reform with Deputy Chancellor for Special Education and Other DCPS Officials

January 28, 2011 -- A delegation of four South African education policy makers met with Dr. Richard Nyankori, Deputy Chancellor for Special Education, and Early Stages Executive Director Nathaniel Beers late January as part of a United States tour to discuss the challenges and solutions the U.S. faces with its primary and secondary education system. Learn More »

Anacostia Students Learn Real-World Skills Through Digital Media

January 21, 2011 -- For the students in the Digital Media Arts Club at Anacostia High School, the Internet is more than just an opportunity to check a classmate’s Facebook status, download music or research information for a homework assignment. Danielle Scruggs has taught them that it’s an opportunity to empower themselves. Learn More »

DCPS Continues a Valuable Partnership with the National Federation of the Blind

January 19, 2011 -- Every year, the National Federation of the Blind-DC, East Capital Chapter hosts events and organizes activities for the District of Columbia Public Schools and its visually impaired and blind students. The mission of NFB is to advocate for the blind, and NFB-DC Vice-President and East Capital Chapter President Joie Stuart says that this especially holds true when it comes to students. Learn More »

DCPS Partners with DC Public Library and Others to Create Afterschool Program for Blind and Visually Impaired

January 14, 2011 -- District of Columbia Public Schools is partnering with the DC Public Library and other DC government agencies and community-based organizations to sponsor an afterschool program for secondary and transitioning students who are blind and visually impaired. Learn More »

Aquatics Class Helps Special Education Students Meet Academic Goals

January 13, 2011 -- The sounds of students splashing around in the water reverberate in the newly renovated pool at Mamie D. Lee School, a special education school for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Learn More »

I am a DCPS Parent: Kevin Donahue

Kevin Donahue is a DCPS parent. His son, Owen, attends a pre-kindergarten classroom with other four year olds at Walker-Jones Education Campus. We asked him about his experience with DCPS and its special education programs. Learn More »

Assistant Secretary for Special Education Tours Beers Elementary School

January 10, 2011 -- Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, visited Beers Elementary School in November to see firsthand how a school can integrate supports for students with disabilities in the general education classroom setting. She also visited the Early Stages Center, the DCPS diagnostic center for children ages three through five years old. Learn More »

Celebration of 35th Anniversary of Special Education Law Recognizes Project SEARCH as Living Example of its Impact

January 6, 2011 -- DC Public Schools student Vander Cherry welcomed the crowd to the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a law that ensures that all students with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in November. Learn More »

DCPS Deputy Chancellor for Special Education Receives Award in Recognition of his Work in Education

November 18, 2010 -- Dr. Richard Nyankori, Deputy Chancellor for Special Education for District of Columbia Public Schools, was honored alongside 10 other individuals at the 2010 College of Education Annual Alumni Awards Celebration at the University of Maryland, College Park. Learn More »

Early Stages Receives Donation from NonProfit Focused on Learning Disabilities

December 27, 2010 -- The Early Stages Center, the DCPS diagnostic center for children ages three to five years old, received a $2,500 donation on from The Franklin Lyle Stroud M.D. Foundation for Learning Disabilities. This donation will be used to support the families and children served by Early Stages. Learn More »

Dr. Nyankori Thanks Local Nonprofit for Employment Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

December 21, 2010 -- On October 26, 2010, Dr. Richard Nyankori, Deputy Chancellor for Special Education for the District of Columbia Public Schools, joined the Washington DC and Metro Area Marriott Business Council to thank the many individuals and employers in the Washington metro area who have made significant contributions to the “Bridges…from School to Work” program. Learn More »

Chinese Delegation Discusses Education Reform with DCPS

December 17, 2010 -- A delegation of 75 government and university leaders from Yunnan Province, China, visited the District in late October to kick off their 11-day tour of the United States. Learn More »

Tiffani J. Turner

Tiffani Turner, a primary special education teacher at Houston Elementary School, believes the best inclusive environment requires proper planning. Learn More »

Ashley Tepfer

Ashley Tepfer, a third grade language arts teacher at Lafayette Elementary School, looks at the needs of her entire class and modifies lessons accordingly. Learn More »

Leah Stein

Leah Stein, special education teacher and special education coordinator at Hyde-Addison Elementary School, teaches her students that class work is a team effort. Learn More »

Seth Brecher

Seth Brecher, a special education teacher at Ellington School of the Arts, believes inclusive environments can challenge and support all students. Learn More »

Special Education News: 2008-09 and 2009-10 School Years

Read special education news from the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Learn More »

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