|Terese Jurgensen ~ Director of Student Services|
Week in Review:
As I write this update, I have so many thoughts about all of the interesting opportunities the position as Director of Student Services affords me every week. In a very short time, I have met and worked with an array of students and families across the district in regard to student support services, attendance, special education and English Language Learners. Also, as an administrator, I work closely with our Success Team Members from across the District as well as our Special Education Team. This week, Individual Career Plans were due, and without naming any names, I would really like to share out some of these outstanding objectives and goals some of our staff are striving for this school year. As an educator, we are all "life-long learners" and at Howard-Winn it is not just words, but it is an action statement. All of the career plans challenged me and inspired me as well. Here are just a few:
"Specific goals include serving as a liaison with community agencies and assist in fostering communication between home, school and the communities throughout the Howard-Winneshiek School District."
"Continue to focus on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. Utilize PowerSchool data to identify trends, support targeted interventions, and communicate these needs out to teachers, parents and community support agencies."
"Two special education teachers are working collaboratively to create a K-3 Special Education Website to inform, teach, share and communicate strategies and supports that parents can utilize at home."
"During the 2015-16 academic school year, I will research and implement highly effective teaching strategies and techniques to [help] students who are diagnosed with dyslexia to increase their fluency rates."
"Success Team Members will be visiting other schools to observe At-Risk programs, Alternative Education Programs, in order to document strengths of other programs in order to incorporate positive learning/behavior solutions at HWCSD."
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