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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

 
All Steps will hang in PEP offices for the month of October. 

What's New in School?

Back to School and Transportation
Transportation is a related service under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when it is necessary in order for a student to benefit from special education. It is an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team decision as to the need for specialized transportation, such as the need for curb to curb service. Parents as members of the IEP Team are a part of the decision, this handout Transportation for Students with Disabilities, will help parents be informed and actively participate in the decision. To learn more about transportation click on the Frequently Asked Questions from US Department of Education.
Contact your child's school or visit one of these district sites if you have specific questions or concerns about transportation.

 

Carson City School District
Churchhill County School District
Clark County School District
Douglas County School District
Elko County School District
Esmeralda County School District
Eureka County School District
Humboldt County School District
Lander County School District
Lincoln County School District
Lyon County School District
Mineral County School District
Nye County School District
Pershing County School District
Storey County School District
Washoe County School District
White Pine County School District

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

Check out the following websites for your school 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. View schedule of BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS Here . . .

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS
Galleria at Sunset
July 22, 2017
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Boulevard Mall
July 29, 2017
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meadows Mall
  August 5, 2017
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Summerlin
August 12, 2017
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
 
Click below to view Nevada School Districts information:

Carson City School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
Churchhill County School District - Registration Information 
Clark County School District - Back to School Guide
Douglas County School District - Registration Information
Elko County School District - Registration Information 
Esmeralda County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars 
Eureka County School District - Registration Information 
Humbolt County School District - Registration Information 
Lander County School District - Registration Information 
Lincoln County School District - Registration Information 
Lyon County School District - Registration Information 
Mineral County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars 
Nevada Charter School Information - Charter School List
Nye County School District - School Start Dates
Pershing County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
Storey County School District - Registration Information 
Washoe County School District - Registration Information
White Pine County School District - School Registration Information

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.