Notes from the OI Consortium Meeting – October 6, 2011
Upcoming meetings for school year 2011-12
Discussed possible upcoming topics:
Clinic Tour – let’s go again!
Include discussion on safety and evacuation plans
versus Special Education Services – Ms. Parks will talk with her
Compliance Dept. to present information to the group
options and college disability services – Ms. Lynch will discuss with Ms.
Margot Harbinger regarding presentation to our Consortium with college
Note: College Fair in Gwinnett
County on Nov. 12th at the
*Presentation on the Blog for OI
Teachers available through WordPress.com
Presenter: Judy Bytheway, DeKalbCountySchools
Consortium members are included in the Blog with many resources available
Note: When members sign in, they
access the Georgia OI Teachers Blog and all the wonderful resources. Discussion took place on the web resources available
on our BLOG – Take a look!
??Question: DeKalb OI teachers requested identification criteria for OI students:
*Referral form will be sent to
DeKalb from Eva and Paula Willis
Recommended: use School Functional Assessment in
coordination with physical and occupational therapists.
Also, good indication of academic
performance = Mullen Scales of Early Learning
Breakout sessions took place,
where teams brainstormed solutions for targeted problems.
Group broke into 3 teams:
Team 1: Problem = strategies to help with backing
off from one on one parapro. Solutions =
*Pager system or two way radio for para access when needed * Data to show where specific assistance is
needed * Socialization – student has no
friends interacting at school or home
Deuces: Problem = Student had one on one parapro,
same para since elementary. Solutions: Teacher released the parapro. The student is now extremely social,
independent without the one on one paraprofessional enabling dependency.
Team 3: Problem = When parents have trouble finding
good resources.website Solution: Google
search – Parent 2 Parent is incredible for parent to find resources like
Parentmentors.org – great summary
of parental rights, along with other resources
Khanacademy.org – Great classroom