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Introduction to Special Education Staff:
Karen Shmukler – Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Mark Nacht – Co-Dir of SpEd PreK-8, Baker, Driscoll, Devotion and Heath, BEEP
Emily Frank – Co-Dir of SpEd PreK-8, Lincoln, Lawrence, Runkle, Pierce, Home Services
Jeanne Farrel – Out of District Coordinator
Sarah Orlov – SpEd Administrator 9-12
There is a organizational chart of the Brookline Public Schools Ofﬁce of Student Services but it needs to be updated and will be available soon.
Each Town Hall meeting will have a representative from Student Services present.
Speakers scheduled for the upcoming year:
Dr.Van Hahn, Pediatric Behavioralist with Tufts will be presenting a 3 part series. Dates to be determined.
Discussed budget for outside speakers. Give her potential presenters
ADHD/ Executive Functioning
Open Questions Discussion:
Executive Functioning – Currently at the Driscoll grades 3-8 there is a red Binder System being implemented – “Dragon”. It is a cohesive presentation of homework that the student uses to organize his/her studies and work load. The Guidance Counselors are working closely with the Teaching teams to instruct and maintain the initiative of Executive Functioning throughout the student population.
Social Skills Groups – The Social Skills Groups are in the midst of being reformatted. Social Skills Groups will no longer be included on the IEP grid but will be an integration of students those with and IEP and those without an IEP. The groups will strive to be modeled on:
* Social Thinking Curriculum
* Play based
* Older groups – mixed community based
Guidance Counselors will be integral in choosing who attends. As of today at the Runkle, there is still no formation of a Social Skills Group. Follow-up will be pursued and related as more developments occur. Once it is up and running, Runkle will be the ﬁrst school to offer this group and then Devotion will follow probably mid year. After these groups trial periods are completed, other schools will follow.
Parade to Brookline Food Pantry1:30 pm Runkle Elementary School, 50 Druce St, Brookline, MA 02445, USA
Meet at Runkle at 1:30 pm and parade the food (from the Runkle food drive) to the Food Pantry (15 St Paul St), help sort food and hear about how the food pantry benefits our community.
Parent Information Session8:05 am
Topic to be announced. We understand you may not be able to stay for the whole session.
SEPAC welcomes Lisa Nowinski6:30 pm Runkle Library
Lisa Nowinski from Mass General Lurie Center for Autism - Using Neuropsychological Evaluations to Monitor Your Child's Developmental Progress & Need for Support
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