Office of Student Services
Erica B. Dickson
Director of Student Services
76 Melrose Ave
Jamestown, RI 02835
(401) 423-7020 x119 Office
(401) 423 -7022 Fax
The purpose of this site is to inform and educate staff & families of the Jamestown School Department
on changes & updates in Special Education, ELL, Title I, Transportation and other student related services.
This site will offer resources to assist professionals & families in improving the education of our students.
News & Updates
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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Commissioner Approves Employment First Policy
Commissioner Deborah A. Gist has approved an Employment First policy for the Rhode Island Department of Education. Employment First is a commitment to students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to support their transition from public education into meaningful, community integrated training and employment opportunities at competitive wages upon exiting public education.
In 2014, the State of Rhode Island entered into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for operating day activity centers and sheltered workshops for individuals with intellectual /developmental disabilities. As part of this settlement, the State of Rhode Island and the involved agencies that support youth and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities agreed to implement a state Employment First policy.
In approving this policy, RIDE is endorsing the belief Rhode Island students with intellectual /developmental disabilities are capable of working in integrated work settings for competitive wages and RIDE will work in partnership with the adult service system to achieve this outcome.
Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities Federal Guidance and FAQ Document – Time sensitive notice
The USDOE has issued guidance on the role of IEP Teams in determining the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments. In order for the IEP Team to accomplish this there are several components that must be in place: (a) the IEP Team must have the right composition; (b) parents with limited English proficiency must be able to meaningfully participate as a member of the IEP Team; (c) the IEP Team must have information on appropriate accommodations to meet the unique needs of ELs with disabilities. Purpose of this guidance is to assist IEP Teams in decision-making so that ELs with disabilities are assessed and included in Title III accountability measures. Please review the attached Federal Guidance FAQ, letter, and RI guidelines.
IEP team determination of the need for Alternate ACCESS assessments for ELs with disabilities will need to be determined this fall 2014 so ELL Directors and Coordinators can order them at the usual time of ACCESS ordering in November 2014. IEPs of ELs with disabilities will need to reflect necessary accommodations for this year’s ACCESS administration Jan-Feb 2015. Various links for support materials are included in the RI Guidelines (attached).
Further questions including requests for technical assistance or professional development on ELs with disabilities may be directed to Emily Klein at 222-8985 or Emily.Klein@ride.ri.gov
The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) Shares Resources
NASHIA is pleased to announce the following recent additions to its website:
This summary includes state definitions for TBI and eligibility criteria for special education and related services.
This handout provides an overview of how states use various funding resources to support the delivery of TBI rehabilitation and community resources and services. Included is a color coded map to illustrate the programs which the states administer.
This handout defines and summarizes trust fund programs administered by the states, including a color coded map and table listing states with information regarding how funds are generated, use of funds and revenue trends.
This handout provides an overview of Medicaid; 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (HCBS) programs; color coded map and table listing states with brain injury HCBS waiver programs.
Two archived webinars on TBI Trust Fund Programs and TBI HCBS Waivers programs are posted on the website along with presenter materials.
Update from the Commissioner's Weekly:
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Note from Commissioner Gist regarding Secondary Graduation requirements
Council on Elementary and Secondary Education asked to revise regulations on diploma requirements: This evening, the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) will recommend that the Council on Elementary and Secondary revise the Secondary School Regulations so that state assessments will be used as one of our diploma requirements beginning with the Class of 2020. As you know, legislation passed this year places a moratorium on the use of state assessments as one of our diploma requirements, stating that no such assessments shall determine graduation eligibility until the Class of 2017. Because of this moratorium, we must revise our Secondary School Regulations so as to be consistent with state law. Specifically, we need clarity regarding the use of state assessments once the moratorium expires, that is, for the Class of 2017 and beyond.
Under our current regulations, in order to earn a high-school diploma students must meet three requirements:
· coursework (20 courses in core content areas);
· performance-based assessments (e.g., senior projects, electronic portfolios of work); and
· state assessments (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC).
The moratorium removes state assessments as one of these multiple measures until at least the Class of 2017.
RIDE recommends that the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education revise the Secondary School Regulations, with implementation of the full multiple-measures system including the state assessments to begin with the Class of 2020.
In considering revisions to our Secondary School Regulations and to our diploma requirements, we believe that:
• students, families, teachers, and administrators need additional time to prepare for implementation of the diploma requirements, including interventions and system improvements;
• educators need time to focus on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards;
• educators and students need experience with PARCC assessments prior to their use as diploma requirements; and
• students and their families need appropriate notice of diploma requirements that are clear and consistent.
Following the approval of the Council, RIDE will:
• work closely with our LEAs to ensure that improvements and interventions continue with urgency;
• ensure our schools provide timely and clear notification of diploma requirements for each graduating class; and
• continue to support our educators on the use of the Common Core State Standards.
The Class of 2020 will enter high school in the Fall of 2016, two years from now. By time the Class of 2020 enters high school, it will be six years since Rhode Island adopted the Common Core State Standards and it will be the 3rd year of administration of PARCC assessments.
We believe this transition plan will provide students, families, teachers, and school leaders with more than enough time to become familiar with the Common Core and with PARCC assessments.
I hope everyone is enjoying summer break with this beautiful weather. Our first day back to school for students is on Tuesday September 2, 2014. Professional Development for Teachers will be on Wednesday August 27, 2014.
There will be a training on De-escalating Behaviors and Physical Restraint for anyone who has never been trained or whose certification has lapsed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the training.
January 13 & 14, 2014 3:00 to 5:30 at Melrose School.
Carolyn Dalgliesh will be doing a “Sensory Child Gets Organized” presentation/book event for parents and teachers, sponsored by the Jamestown Special Education Local Advisory Committee.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:00 pm at the Melrose School.
For more information on Carolyn please visit her website @ http://www.carolyndalgliesh.com/media.htm