Special Ed Advisory Council needs your help!

The district’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is seeking new members — parents/guardians who want to get involved. Meetings are open to the public and we are recruiting additional members now.  SEAC’s role is to act as an advisory council to the district on behalf of students receiving special education services. Parents and guardians are critical advocates for all students and play a significant part in their future success.  Come and learn more about district special education services and provide input into continuous improvement efforts! 2019-2020 SEAC Meetings  District Education Center – 11 Peavey Rd., Chaska 6-8 p.m. September 24, 2019 October 8, 2019 January 14, 2020 March 10, 2020 May 5, 20202 Learn more HERE or contact Laura Pingry-Kile, Director of Specialized Education... Continue reading Special Ed Advisory Council needs your help!

You’re invited: Ice Cream Social Sept. 28

Families of students receiving Special Education Services in Eastern Carver County Schools are invited to an Ice Cream Social: Ice Cream Social Saturday, Sept. 28   —  1 to 3 p.m. McKnight Park (next to Jonathan Elementary School) 3001 McKnight Rd., Chaska The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) invites you to meet other families in the district, develop support systems, learn more about SEAC, meet the Director of Special Education, Laura Pingry-Kile, and most importantly, have a little fun! See you there!... Continue reading You’re invited: Ice Cream Social Sept. 28

Chanhassen High School Student Recipient of Minnesota Administrators for Special Education Scholarship

Audrey Eidem, graduating from Chanhassen High School this week, is the recipient of the MASE $1000 scholarship presented by the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education and ECCS Specialized Education Services. Laura Pingry-Kile, Director of Specialized Services, served as MASE President this year and received the scholarship funding in honor of her work for the organization this year. She decided to award the scholarship to a graduating senior, interested in majoring in Special Education. Audrey has been working as a student aide to help support students in the DISCOVER program at Chanhassen High School and is recognized by students and staff for her kindness, patience and interest in working with the students. As part of her scholarship application, Audrey wrote, “I hope that as a special education teacher I can help children learn and become independent as they grow up. It is so important that we teach children not only to read and write, but also to make their own choices... Continue reading Chanhassen High School Student Recipient of Minnesota Administrators for Special Education Scholarship

United for Student Independence Learning Series – April 15

United for Student Independence Learning Series Monday, April 15, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Chaska High School Blue House Rooms B150, B153 and B154 Sponsored by Specialized Education Services Register today! Choose to attend up to two of the following sessions: 1)    Proactive Strategies and Meaningful Consequences: Positively Supporting Your Child’s Behavioral Needs at Home        Facilitated by Katie Firman, Psy.S., Behavior Specialist Does your child have verbal or physical outbursts?  Does your child’s behavior seem unpredictable or difficult to manage?  Do you wish you had some tools to handle challenging behaviors?  This session will highlight the Top 7 Strategies for being positive and proactive with your child’s behavior and how to set limits effectively.   You will also learn how to apply meaningful consequences that focus on learning and reflection, restorative practices, and following through with his/her responsibilities. 2)    What is Special in our district Special... Continue reading United for Student Independence Learning Series – April 15

Community resources to support individuals with special needs

Eastern Carver County Schools’ surrounding communities have a wide variety of resources and opportunities to support individuals with special needs. Two resources are listed below: 1.   Needs assessment at Prairie Care for Mental Health Concerns Taken from Prairie Care website: A Needs Assessment is a face-to-face interview with a trained counselor to help determine which level of care is most appropriate for that person. Anybody can schedule a Needs Assessment at one of our six locations. PrairieCare will schedule needs assessment appointments at the first opening available. A Needs Assessment is not a full psychiatric evaluation, but rather a comprehensive assessment which determines the most appropriate mental health services to address an individual’s needs. This may include but is not limited to: outpatient clinic services, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospital, inpatient hospital, residential treatment, or substance abuse treatment. Contact Jame Barten, MA, LMFT,... Continue reading Community resources to support individuals with special needs

5 Tips for working effectively with your student’s IEP manager

As students and staff move toward the second semester, here are some friendly tips to keep in mind when working with school staff: 1.Establish a communication plan What works best for your IEP Manager and you? It might be e-mails, phone calls, or in-person communication. Work together to make a plan on the best medium of communication, as well as the frequency (bi-weekly? monthly? quarterly?). Having a clear plan can help avoid unnecessary meetings or frustrations. 2.   Be Proactive Alert your student’s IEP Manager to any significant changes that could impact in school performance. These changes might include: Sleep changes (trouble sleeping, overly tired) Medication changes Mood changes Home/Family changes or stresses (sibling moving to college, parent job change, schedule changes, family death, the birth of a sibling, etc.) 3.     Reach out at Conferences Make a point to connect with your child’s IEP Manager at conferences. IEP Managers are present and available during building... Continue reading 5 Tips for working effectively with your student’s IEP manager