Teasley MS Teachers Win State Teaching Award!

Teasley MS Teachers Win State Teaching Award!

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have won a statewide teaching award!

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

The Award recognizes a special education teacher and a general education teacher who teach together and “exemplify the best in differentiated instructional practices that meet the needs of all students.” Winners are selected based on instructional practices, positive learning environment, differentiated instruction, evidence of student progress, collaboration, leadership, and mentoring. Dr. Reynolds is a special education teacher, and Mr. Koch is a language arts teacher.

“Our School District is renowned for its high-quality special education services, and it’s outstanding teachers like Dr. Reynolds and Mr. Koch who earn us this reputation,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “They care deeply about all of the children in their classroom. Together, they work hard to ensure students’ needs are met no matter where the student is in his or her learning journey. We’re so proud of them and this honor.”

The Award will be presented at the Council’s IDEAS Conference in June at St. Simon’s Island on June 5.

Dr. Reynolds and Mr. Koch will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s June 21 meeting.

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CCSD Leader Elected as President of Statewide Special Education Organization!

Charlette M. Green

A Cherokee County School District leader is speaking up for Special Education students and educators at the state level!

Charlette M. Green, CCSD’s Executive Director of Special Education, is serving a one-year term as president of the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education.

The organization, known as GCASE, is part of the International Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and is dedicated to improving schools’ services to children with special needs. The group provides its members the opportunity to study issues and solutions through discussion and publications.

“Our School District is focused on ensuring that every child receives the best education possible, and Ms. Green’s role with our organization is critical to achieving that mission,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “She is a leader in her field, and we’re proud that she is representing our School District and advocating for our State’s special education students and educators.”

In her role as President, Ms. Green leads a Board of Directors made up of representatives from 18 districts across the state and ad-hoc members from other organizations. As President, Ms. Green also represents GCASE on the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and CASE Board of Directors.

“I believe that it is important for CCSD to have representation at the State and National levels to ensure that we remain progressive and at the forefront of meeting the needs of students with disabilities,” said Ms. Green, who joined CCSD in 2008. “It is also important to share what we have found to be effective in CCSD with others, as we have and will continue to make great strides for our students with disabilities. Serving as the President of GCASE is an opportunity for me to share and learn from others to benefit our students, families, and staff in CCSD.”

Ms. Green, who earned her bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech pathology and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Florida State University, began her career in 1999 as an elementary school speech-language pathologist. She went on to work as a special education representative and local education advisor at the school level and as an education program specialist for the Georgia Department of Education. She joined CCSD as a supervisor for Special Education and has led the department since 2009.

She is frequently published and requested as a conference presenter, and has earned numerous awards including being named a 2014 Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2013 Professional of the Year by the Georgia Administrators in Education Leadership and 2012 Outstanding New Special Education Administrator of the Year by GCASE.

A member of GCASE for more than 10 years, Ms. Green previously has served as its Co-Chair of Professional Learning Committee, Vice President, and President-Elect.

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CCSD Parents of Special Needs Students Asked to Complete Survey

survey flier

The Cherokee County School District is asking parents of special needs students to complete the Georgia Department of Education’s survey.

The GaDOE Division of Special Education will use the confidential results to identify needs and improve services.  The survey closes on May 15, 2018.

You may complete the survey online in English and Spanish at www.gadoe.org/Parent-Survey Or www.p2pga.org or www.parentmentors.org.  If you do not have access to take the online survey, please contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the survey.

Questions?  Please contact Charlette M. Green, Executive Director for CCSD Special Education, at 770.479.1871 or charlette.green@cherokeek12.net.

Spanish flier:

survey flier in Spanish

 


CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts

What is Child Find?

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services. The Cherokee County School District serves children from 3 years through 21 years of age.

How can children be referred?
The referral process must be initiated by the parent. Please direct the parents of children suspected of having a disability to CCSD (770) 479-1784.

When should a child be referred to Child Find?
A child should be referred when:
• A health or medical disorder interferes with development and or learning
• A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
• A child appears to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
• A child has a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will eventually impair or impede the child’s ability to learn
• A child seems to have difficulty understanding directions like others that are his/her age
• A child’s speech is not understandable to family or friends
• A child has difficulty with reading, math, or other school subjects

What is Special Education and who is eligible for services?
Special Education is instruction designed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of individual students with disabilities from ages three through twenty-one. A child must be evaluated and identified as having a disability to be eligible for Special Education and/or related services. Disability categories are: speech/language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and other health impairments.

Where can I find out more about Child Find?
Call CCSD at (770) 704-4315 for additional information.


CCSD Celebrates School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – serve CCSD’s students who have difficulties with communication.

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists as part of the statewide appreciation week for these professionals.

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – are highly trained professionals responsible for evaluating and treating CCSD students who have difficulty with communication.

Students who struggle with language also may struggle with understanding instruction, expressing what they know, or with making friends… but the work of speech-language pathologists assists them in overcoming these challenges.

“I know the positive difference these professionals make in the lives of children. I appreciate them, and hope you will join me in thanking them for their service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “From teaching a child to say her first words to teaching a significantly impaired child to ask for help using a communication device, their contributions to the lives of students with these special needs are tremendous and long-lasting.”


‘Parent University’ Classes Offered for Families with Special Needs Students

Category : CCSD

The Office of Special Education is offering several trainings this year that are designed to assist parents in understanding and working with their children with disabilities in the home.  Please review our trainings for the 2016-17 school year at this link.    You can register online for each class you wish to take.  Child care will be provided for select evening training sessions.


CCSD “Child Find” Program Determines Special Education Eligibility

Category : CCSD

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.

The Cherokee County School District serves children from three years through 21 years of age. How can children be referred? The referral process must be initiated by the parent. Please direct the parents of children suspected of having a disability to CCSD at (770) 479-1784.

When should a child be referred to Child Find? A child should be referred when:

  • A health or medical disorder interferes with development and or learning
  • A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
  • A child appears to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
  • A child has a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will eventually impair or impede the child’s ability to learn
  • A child seems to have difficulty understanding directions like others that are his/her age
  • A child’s speech is not understandable to family or friends
  • A child has difficulty with reading, math, or other school subjects

What is Special Education and who is eligible for services? Special Education is instruction designed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of individual students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21. A child must be evaluated and identified as having a disability to be eligible for Special Education and/or related services. Disability categories are: speech/language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and other health impairments.

Where can I find out more about Child Find? Call CCSD at (770) 704-4315 for additional information.

Please feel free to distribute this CCSD Child Find flyer (PDF).