Colleges with Support Services: Panel Discussion
Monday, April 1st
7:15 PM, Darien Library Community Room
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Students with IEPs/504s and parents are invited to attend a panel discussion, which will include representatives from colleges offering support services. The panel will share details about available academic, social and living supports. Meghan Emanuelson, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, will moderate. Darien SEPAC, DHSPA, Darien Public Schools and Darien Library are sponsoring this evening program. Panelists include:
Assistant Director, Office of Disability Service
Coordinator of Academic Support, Office of Disability Service
Assistant Director, College Assistance Program
Assistant Director of Admissions
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Associate Director of the Arch Learning Community, Success & Career Advisor
*Please note: The Darien Library parking lot is under construction. The link below provides an overflow lot map. https://www.darienlibrary.org/contact
Using data-driven instruction to make progress
By Dr. Margie Gillis, Nationally recognized literacy expert
Thursday, February 28th
Darien Library Community Room
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Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia affects 80% of those diagnosed with learning disabilities. The Connecticut Department of Education has approved universal screening reading assessments to be used by schools to identify students with below grade level reading skills. That data, as well as criterion reference testing, can provide school teams with valuable information that is useful for creating instructional approaches that address students’ unique learning needs.
From identification and instruction, to advocacy and empowerment, Dr. Margie Gillis will discuss the process of getting the best support for every child who needs it and will answer your questions. Topics will include:
- Identification and what CT law says about dyslexia/reading disabilities
- What is a universal screening reading assessment?
- What is criterion reference testing?
- Understand the differences between Scientifically-Based Reading Research and Whole Language approaches
- Relationship between processing time and fluency
- Comprehension and reading-to-learn skills
- Progress monitoring tools
The presentation is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library.
Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a certified academic language therapist who has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 40 years. She received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Louisville in Special Education. In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. http://www.literacyhow.com
Dr. Gillis has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and was instrumental in Connecticut’s adoption of a universal screening test for K-3 student.
Preparing Middle School Students with Special Education Services &
504 Accommodations for Darien High School
Wednesday, January 30th, 9:30 am-11:00 am DHS Chill Zone
Please join us for an informative panel discussion and explanation of the high school transition process for middle school students with IEPs and 504 accommodations.
Topics will include:
- Understanding the transition process to Darien High School
- What are the supports for students with IEPs and 504s at DHS?
- When do articulation PPTs take place?
- Who does a student typically go to for help?
- Overview of DHS course options and class requirements
Speakers will include:
- Scott McCarthy, Program Director, Special Education & Student Services
- Kristin O’Reilly, DHS Special Education Department Chair
- Paul Ribeiro, DH Assistant Principal
- Meghan Emanuelson, Interim Director of Guidance
- DHS School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologist, Related Service Providers
Co-Sponsored by DHS Parents Assocation and Darien SEPAC