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Nevada Department of Education has been gathering input from community stakeholders, parents, school staff for the past 2 years to develop School Performance Indicators for elementary, middle and high school. Click here to see the results and how schools will be evaluated.

 


 

Help Develop Children's Interactive Learning Games and Educational Television Programs
 
Dear all,

I work at WestEd, a non-profit educational research organization, and we are currently working on a research project related to special education and the use of educational technology. We are soliciting parent feedback to find out what people find helpful and/or challenging about children's interactive learning games and educational television programs. Our goal is to advise a developer of these types of programs on how to make them as helpful as possible for students with different learning needs and abilities.

A local parent center staff member kindly suggested that I reach out to you all to see if you would be willing to post the outreach information (below) to your parent groups. We would really like to hear from parents of children with varying types of special needs, across different parts of the country. This will help us to ensure that these programs can be developed in a way that is sensitive to the needs of all students. For this project, we will be providing parents with a $50 VISA gift card as a thank you for their time.

Here is the information:
 
WestEd, a non-profit educational research organization, is looking for parents of students with special needs between Kindergarten-3rd grade to provide feedback for a research initiative. Parents who participate will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

Purpose: WestEd is partnered with Twin Cities PBS (Public Television) to learn more about the use of educational technology with students with special needs. The information gathered from this study will guide the future development of educational technology, so that it can better meet the needs of students with disabilities. 
 
Participation: Study participation will consist of a 1-hour interview by phone with a WestEd researcher. Interviews will be held from now through February. The interview will focus on the use of educational and/or assistive technology.

Confidentiality: All information discussed during the interview will be kept strictly confidential.
 
There are limited spots available for this study. For parents who would like to participate, please email Laura Gluck, a Research Associate at WestEd, at lgluck@wested.org or call her direct office line at (650) 381-6442 and identify your child's age and grade level in your response. You can also use the toll free number to reach Laura Gluck at 1-877-4-WestEd (877-493-7833)

The Nevada Department of Education will hold a public hearing on December 22, 2016
to be video conference in the Board Room at the Nevada Department of Education
Offices, 700 East Fifth Street Carson City Nevada and 9890 South Maryland
Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada.


The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the amendments/adoptions/repeal of regulations of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 385. The time for the hearing is scheduled as follows:


9:00 AM Public Hearing and Possible Adoption of proposed regulation R108-15, adding provisions to NAC Chapter 388B to establish the process for selecting public schools for conversion to achievement charter schools; prescribe the procedure by which an operator will be selected for an achievement charter school; prescribe the order of priority for enrolling pupils in an achievement charter school; authorize homeschooled children and opt-in children to participate in classes and extracurricular activities at an achievement charter school under certain conditions; clarify provisions of law governing improvements to the building in which an achievement charter school for purposes of its designation as a local educational agency, authorize the early termination of a contract to operate an achievement charter school under certain conditions; and provide other matters properly relating thereto.

DOWNLOAD Documents Here . . .

Nevada Achievement School District Information: November 21, 2016

 Operations:

·         We have been out and around in the community meeting with families to share more about school performance and how important parent and family voice is in creating more options for their kids.

o   This weekend we attended the Great Schools All Kids Family Education Fair, hosted in partnership with Opportunity 180. There were nearly 300 attendees on site to learn more about high quality, public school choice options available to them throughout Clark County.  We talked to one mom who said “Show me where the 5-star schools are so I can move there.”

o   We also were honored to be included as a panelist at the Education Forum hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women Las Vegas Chapter.  The forum provided an intimate setting for real dialogue among community leaders about educational challenges we face and plans to address them, together.

School Selection:

·         On November 15, 2016, the Nevada Achievement School District recommended nine (9) schools to the State Board of Education to be considered for partnership and conversion in the 2017-18 school year.  Details on the schools that were recommended, the approach and rationale as well as a wealth of current and previous performance data on those schools can be found here:

http://www.doe.nv.gov/News__Media/Press_Releases/2016a/Nevada_Achievement_School_District_Eligibility_List_Submitted_to_State_Board_of_Education/

·         While there has been a lot in the press about reactions to the uncertainty of potential change coming through a conversion to the NV ASD, we did hear from some families at the November 10 State Board Meeting about the need for change and choice.  Click below to read their testimonies: 

o   Dalia Jimenez: http://www.doe.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/ndedoenvgov/content/Boards_Commissions_Councils/State_Board_of_Education/2016/November/DaliaJimenezTestimonyforSBOE11-10-16(2).pdf

o   Gabriela Ardon: http://www.doe.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/ndedoenvgov/content/Boards_Commissions_Councils/State_Board_of_Education/2016/November/GabrielaArdonTestimonyforSBOE11-10-16.pdf

Press:

·         Learn about the work of our colleagues at Green Dot Public Schools turnaround and transformation efforts in Los Angeles: http://laschoolreport.com/transparency-and-accountability-measuring-school-effectiveness-through-growth/

Research (Repeated from November 14):

·         Opportunity 180 worked in partnership with 270 Strategies<https://www.270strategies.com/>, a national research and strategy organization, to conduct a survey in an effort to understand parents’ opinions and preferences with regard to the Clark County School District: http://opportunity180.org/research/

·         The Center for Reinventing Public Education recently released a report that shares information about state-led interventions. Many of their findings, such as leveraging more than one strategy and partnering with local districts, have been central to the State’s approach to the Nevada ASD: http://crpe.org/publications/measures-last-resort

·         The following blog post provides a longitudinal view on the impact of school closure, when a better option exists:  https://relinquishment.org/2016/10/20/what-happens-when-what-works-for-children-doesnt-feel-good/

·         This link provides guidance from Chiefs for Change on building out a comprehensive State School Improvement strategy, see pages seven (7) and eight (8) for details on where an intervention like the NV ASD fits:  http://chiefsforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/School-Improvement-Strategi es-Under-ESSA.pdf.

 

What's New in School?

Back to School and Transportation

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes transportation within its definition of “related services.” This means that students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have the right to receive specialized transportation services if it is needed. The handout Transportation for Students with Disabilities could be helpful to parents as students start back to school. To learn more about transportation click on Nevada Department of Education School Transportation webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions from US Department of EducationContact your child's school or visit one of these district sites if you have specific questions or concerns about transportation.

What's New in School?
Back to School Fairs and School Preparation Time!

Preparing for a new school year can be a big task for parents.
Check out the following websites for your district to get
questions answered and learn how to help your child have a
great start to the new year!
              
Stop by the Nevada PEP table at the following Clark County School District/
Cox Communications Back to School Fairs

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS
Galleria at Sunset
August 6, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meadows Mall
  August13, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boulevard Mall
  August 20, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Summerlin
August 27, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

   Clark County School District - Click here for Back to School Guide
Washoe County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Nye County School District - Click here for School Start Dates 
Elko County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Douglas County School District - Click here for Registration Information
White Pine County School District - Click here for School Start Dates and Calendars
Humbolt County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Lyon County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Storey County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Lincoln County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Lander County School District - Click here for Registration Information   

Esmeralda County School District - Click here for School Start Dates and Calendars 
Pershing County School District - Click here for School Start Dates and Calendars 

Mineral County School District - Click here for School Start Dates and Calendars 

Churchhill County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Eureka County School District - Click here for Registration Information 
Nevada Charter School Information - Click here Charter School Lists

Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices RECEIVES GRANT FROM Aging and Disability Services Division  FOR $1.6 Million
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cindy Roller, Executive Director, Nevada Hands & Voices
 
Kevin Carter, Executive Director, Deaf Centers of Nevada
702- 363-3323  
kevin@dcnv.org

Nevada June 1, 2016  – Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices are pleased to announce they have received a $1.6 million grant from the Nevada State Aging and Disability Services Division. These funds will support the creation of two centers in Nevada that will provide support statewide for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. 

The collaborative efforts of Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices will provide services across the age range from birth into elderly years.  Nevada Hands & Voices supports families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.  The organization is a collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.  This diverse group includes families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods.  Nevada Hands & Voices strives to help our deaf and hard of hearing children birth to twenty-one statewide reach their highest potential.   Deaf Centers of Nevada addresses the health, social, recreational, and logistical needs of the deaf or hard of hearing population statewide.  Deaf Centers of Nevada strives to help deaf and hard of hearing individuals improve and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle and to maximize their quality of life through equal access to communication, health, and human services, as well as social activities.

“This funding will expand the amount of supports and services deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the lifespan receive in our state and we couldn’t be more excited to receive these funds to support and help more people than ever before!”- Cindy Roller, Executive Director Nevada Hands & Voices.

“What a wonderful day for the members of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the state of Nevada.  I could not be more proud of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community who came together with one voice to communicate their need for services and advocacy which will help them live happy, healthy and independent lives.  I am honored and humbled that the Deaf Centers of Nevada will have the opportunity to be able to provide advocacy, services and a social setting for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, and to open a Deaf Community Center that they can call their own!” – Kevin Carter, Executive Director Deaf Centers of Nevada.

The Aging and Disability Services Division awards an annual grant through a competitive application and review process to provide Communication Services to be funded with “the telecommunication device for the deaf” surcharge through the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017.  The RFP is published and administered by the Disability Services Unit of Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD).

The purpose of the funds are to provide access to services (previously called advocacy services), equipment and assistive technology, training related to equipment,  and information and referral regarding resources in the community, for persons who are culturally Deaf, late-deafened, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and persons with speech disabilities. In addition, with the passage of AB200, emphasis was placed on increasing access to education, employment and health and social services for consumers of the program. These services empower individuals to gain or maintain a level of independence, while influencing individuals to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.   The program also provides information to state and local entities about communication disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Nov. 18, 2015
Contact Dave Sheehan, (702) 799-5304       
                                                                                                             
Business and Community Leaders to "Walk a Mile" in School Principals' Shoes
Job shadowing featured on third day of American Education Week


WHAT:
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Business/Community Leader & Principal for a Day Job Shadowing Event
Business executives and community leaders from across the valley will walk a mile in a principal’s shoes, getting to see the inner workings of a school firsthand. More than 90 business leaders will engage in job shadowing at 100 CCSD schools.

  • 10 a.m. - Job shadowing at Cheyenne High School, 3200 W. Alexander Road, North Las Vegas 89032
  • 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon at Texas Station Hotel and Casino, 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas 89032
The job shadowing opportunities will be followed by a luncheon with Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky as the keynote speaker. CCSD Trustee Deanna L. Wright will also be in attendance.

The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating American Education Week (AEW) through events aimed at praising students and staff for their achievements and hard work. AEW is a nationally celebrated movement to honor public education and those who make a difference every day in the lives of young people.

The CCSD community is encouraged to share their AEW activities on social media by using both of the hashtags #CCSD and #AEW2015.


WHO:
CCSD trustees, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, CCSD employees and students


Final AEW event:


Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
Support Staff Appreciation Day
Southeast Career & Technical Academy
5710 Mountain Vista St., Las Vegas 89120
The Board of School Trustees selected outstanding support staff to be honored with a day of pampering and dining. The eight honorees will be recognized for their hard work and will be treated to a salon service and lunch provided by SECTA students. Among those in attendance will be Trustee Kevin L. Child and Trustee Patrice Tew. Note: This will be a surprise to the selected employees.

 
CCSD Police Department to host Pill Take Back Day event
Outreach program provides valuable service for the community

LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Police Department, in conjunction with the Care Coalition, will sponsor a “Pill Take Back Day” event on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7-11:30 a.m. This community event will take place at Bob Miller Middle School, located at 2400 Cozy Hill Circle in Henderson.

The purpose of the event is to collect expired or unused prescriptions so they can be disposed of in a safe manner, which will also help to keep them out of the hands of children.

“Throughout the nation and locally, we are seeing more children who are abusing prescription drugs, most of which are coming directly from their parents’ medicine cabinets,” said CCSD School Police Officer Robert Mayer. “We are holding this event not only to provide a safe method of disposal, but also to reduce the chances of these medicines falling into the hands of children. The event will also serve as a reminder for parents to secure their medications. We will discuss with them the signs to look for if they believe their children are using drugs.”

CCSD police officers have collected more than 2,300 pounds of medications during the 2014-15 school year, and they are hoping to have a higher level of participation this year. The location for the event changes each time in an effort to serve all areas of the community.

For more information about this event, contact Officer Mayer at 702-366-5244 or 702-799-7830. For more information about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.
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