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Important Information for Everyone
  • Open Enrollment for Employee Health Benefits: Here's a summary of the benefit plans available along with next steps. Read more...
  • New Computers: All staff with a district-issued laptop or desktop must take this quick two-question survey before Nov. 6. Take the survey here.

Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Google Apps on iPads: Professional Development Series. Read more...
  • Acuity Training: Optional for Re-licensure credit. Read more...
  • Assistive Technology Team: Englewood School District is happy to announce the formation of a new Assistive Technology Team. Read more...
  • Time for Relicensure?: Here's the process you should follow. Read more...
  • Second Annual Catapult Conference: Tools and techniques for working with at-risk youth. Read more...

 
Important Information for Everyone
 

Open Enrollment for Employee Health Benefits

Open enrollment for 2016 employee health benefits will occur from November 1 through November 20, 2015. The information attached is a summary of the benefit plans that will be offered for 2016. All eligible employees will need to complete enrollment forms or waive coverage during the open enrollment period. The enrollment forms and information are available at human resources and will be available at your school on the day of the scheduled enrollment appointments. If you haven’t done so, please sign up for an enrollment appointment at your school. If you are not available to participate in open enrollment on the day scheduled for your school, you will need to complete the enrollment forms or waive eligibility and return the information to the human resources office no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 20, 2015. If you have questions you are always welcome to contact Phil Bedford, Director of Human Resources or Theresa Romero, Human Resources Specialist.
 
The schedule of site visits for open enrollment appointments can be found here. If you have not yet signed up for an appointment, please do so with your building's main office professional.  
  
 
 
 
Englewood Schools has been a Google Apps for Education District for a number of years now. But we have a number of new staff and others who need some professional development on how to use Google apps for teaching and learning. This series is focused on teacher use of Google Apps with students. Nonetheless, all staff are welcome to participate. These are hands-on classes so bring your laptops/iPads. Relicensure credit will be offered for each session except June's. These are optional sessions. Attend as few or as many as you need. If registered participants exceed room capacity, a second session will be scheduled.

To register for a session, just find the event on the 2015-16 District Professional Development Calendar at https://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/4188. Then click on the event – more details. Then below the session description, find the attached link to the registration form, click on it, fill it out, and submit. You can also copy the event to your calendar. From within the details of the event, click on more actions – copy to [your calendar]. Alternatively, you can click on the event below to take you directly to the registration form for that session. These sessions will be team-taught by teachers and Technology Department staff. We hope to see you there. (There will be chocolate!)

November 19th – Google Docs & Drive
December 17th – Google Forms & Sheets
January 21st – Google Calendar & Gmail
February 18th – Google Sites
March 17th – Google Slides
April 20th – Google Chrome & Extensions
May 19th – Google Hangouts
June 2nd – Preview of iPad Apps for 2016-17

This PD series is aligned to Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 3.D. and 4.B and Colorado Licensure Standards 7.1-7.5.
 
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Acuity Training
 
Dear Teachers,

We are offering an optional, differentiated training for teachers.

The times, dates, and locations are:
  • 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday, November 11th at Cherrelyn (Beginner training). The instructor is Lisa Jackson. Topics taught will include how to login, preview the assessment, and run basic reports for data teams and parents. 
  • 3:30-4:30 on Tuesday, November 17th at Charles Hay (Intermediate/advanced training). The instructor is Thomas Rode. Topics taught will include how to assign interventions and create standards based assessments.

Please fill out the Google Form located HERE, so we can better tailor the training to meet your needs. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Joanna_polzin@engschools.net.

Thanks!
 
New Assistive Technology Team
 
Englewood School District is happy to announce the formation of a new Assistive Technology Team! We’re here to help you help your kids reach their maximum potential. We are available for 1 on 1 consults or small group trainings, depending on your need.

What is assistive technology?
Simply put, assistive technology (AT) is anything used to increase, improve, or maintain the functional abilities of individuals with disabilities. IDEA 2004 requires IEP teams to consider the assistive technology needs of all children with disabilities. (20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(3)(B)(v)). It can be as simple as using a highlighter to point out pertinent information in text, or as complicated as a dual switch accessed computer communication system with a wheelchair mount (think Stephen Hawking). Here are a few of the accommodations and modifications we support:
  • Adapted books
  • Low vision supports, such as magnification and other enhancements
  • Computer access devices (keyboards, switch interface, etc)
  • iPad Guided Access training
  • Communication Systems
  • Curriculum access 
  • Participation options for students with limited physical or verbal capabilities (switches, environmental control units, etc)
  • Visual supports and object schedules
  • Student specific App and software integration 
  • Low tech and high tech solutions for students throughout the district, regardless of special education status

What is the difference between low-tech and high tech?
People divide assistive technology into low level technology, which are devices or equipment that are simple to make, do not require much training, may be less expensive and do not have complex or mechanical features. High tech devices may be electronic or battery operated, may require some training to learn how to use, are more expensive than the low-tech devices, and will may require training and effort to learn how to use. Here are a few more examples.

Low Tech:
  • large print text
  • notebook turned sideways to be used as a slantboard
  • pencils or pens with special grips or different sizes of tips
  • paper with raised lines or highlighted lines
  • daily schedule printed with pictures
  • raised number rulers, number stamps, graph paper
  • magnifiers, highlighter tape, color filters

High Tech
  • talking spell checkers
  • manual or electric wheelchairs
  • electronic organizers
  • Closed Caption Televisions (CCTV's)
  • amplifiers
  • digital books
  • environmental control units (ECU)
  • alternate mouse or keyboard 
  • dictation software
  • hearing aids
  • augmentative communication devices 

For more information feel free to e-mail amy_dingman@engschools.net, or contact your school level liaison: Erin Huffield-Allen (elementary schools), Amy Dingman (middle school) or Nathan Konyndyk (high school). Other team members who are happy to help include Molly Cowles, Val Khur, and Lori Spindler.

Bonus! Take a look at the following websites for ideas on how to use assistive technology in the the K-12 classroom:

https://www.pinterest.com/cmcormier/low-tech-at-ideas/
http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics/Populations/LowVision/tools.php
 

Time for Relicensure?

 
Staff needing signed transcripts for coursework completed through Englewood Schools should follow the following process:

Transcript Procedure:

1. Log in to Halogen
2. Click on “My Performance” – this will take you to your profile
3. Choose the “Professional Development” tab – this will take you to your PD main
page
4. Click on the “Transcripts” tab – you should now be looking at a list of the PD that
you have completed
5. Review your transcript to ensure that all PD is included and accurate*

You can now print/save your transcripts – please send an email with an electronic
copy of the transcripts to Learning Services at: lea_farris@engschools.net.

We will sign and return your transcripts to for your submittal to CDE

*Note – if your transcript is incorrect and/or not accurate, please contact Lea Farris
in Learning Services at 303-806-2002 or via email at lea_farris@engschools.net.
 
 

Second Annual Catapult Conference

Register Now!
For the
2ND ANNUAL
CATAPULT CONFERENCE
 
Created by education professionals who have worked with and consulted for the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and private facilities across the state of Colorado
Offering
Tools & Techniques for Parents & Professionals Working With At-Risk Youth
+
Inspiration & Motivation for Students and Teachers
 
Announcing Keynote Speakers
 
Kimberly Carnevale
Three Things You Should Know About Me:
The Challenges of Living with Brain Injury and other Invisible Disabilities
+
Cynthia James
Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence:
The Power & Practice of Total Self-Care
 

Other Speakers/Topics Include:
  • Melanie Smithson - The Sedona Method for Teachers & Parents of At-Risk Youth
  • Tammy Guns - Power 101: Helping Youth Realize the Power they Don't Know they Have
  • Ruth Sharon – Gaining Engagement in the Classroom & At Home
  • Robert Case – Out of the Labyrinth: Three Lessons from Greek Mythology
  • Jim Sharon – I Am What I Am: The Power of Personal Values
  • Charlie Barrett - Nine Terrific Things: How to Follow Your Bliss
  • Diane Maroney - Imagine Project: Giving the Next Generation a Voice for Positive Change

November 5, 2015
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center | 8:30 – 4:00


$99/attendee

Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks Included
Certificate of Attendance Provided

Parents are encouraged to attend!
Full & partial scholarships available for parents at the link below.

Click here to download the registration form
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