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There has been a national security alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security in regards to the use of Internet Explorer Versions 6 - 11 on April 29, 2014. We are advised not to use this web browser until a fix has been issued by Microsoft.  This only impacts staff that have a windows desktop or laptop computer.   At this point we advise that all users refrain from using Internet Explorer until we are able to get the security patch from Microsoft. We do not have a time frame on this, but will let you know once the update is available. At that time I will ask that all Windows users run a windows update get this patch applied to their machine.   You are able to use other browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, etc...this security issue only effects the browser Internet Explorer.   More information about this security issue can be found here:   http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-microsoft-internet-explorer-bug-windows-xp-20140428,0,6544915.story#axzz30JKB7uWr
Posted by Guest  On May 01, 2014 at 8:28 AM 822 Comments
  
The New Google Sheets is coming to Scheduled release domains   Back in December we announced the launch of the new Google Sheets for Rapid Release domains. This new version is faster and can support larger spreadsheets.  Over the next couple of weeks, Scheduled release domain users will automatically be upgraded to the new Sheets. Spreadsheets created after the upgrade will use the new version. We will begin upgrading Scheduled Release Track domains starting on April 21st 2014 on a slow roll-out taking place over 3-4  days. It may take a few days before it's available in your domain. This upgrade does not affect existing spreadsheets and only relates to any new spreadsheets created. The user will not see any prompts about the new Sheets unless they create a new spreadsheet. Feature differences between the old and new sheets are explained in this support article. 
Posted by Guest  On Apr 25, 2014 at 8:55 AM
  
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The first SCRED Paperwork Party was held on October 22, 2013 and received rave reviews from those who attended. The Paperwork Parties are designed to be an additional support for all of you in the area of due process. Don't just take our word for it; here's what some of your colleagues had to say!

"I was energized after the work party. It made me feel good about doing my job..."
-Teri Borich, Pine City Elementary School

"Thank you for providing the service. I was glad I went and learned a lot from Marleen! Thanks again and I would do this again. PS. The pizza was also great." 
-Kathy Robatcek, North Branch Area High School

Please mark your calendars for the second SCRED Paperwork Party of the school year - January 16, 2014.  We have made the following two changes to the evening based on feedback from all of you: 
  1. We will now be offering two SCRED paperwork parties simultaneously - one in the North and one in the South to cut down on people's drive time.  Specific locations and times will be announced via the Punchbowl email invitation that you will receive in the next week.  
  2. We will no longer be offering short professional development sessions during the Paperwork Party due to low levels of interest and attendance. The one on one or small group consultation with SCRED staff proved to be more valuable. We will continue to fold any pertinent professional development topics into SCRED networking days and/or department meetings.
Please RSVP for the second SCRED Paperwork Party via the Punchbowl email invitation to let us know if and where you will be attending. We are looking forward to another night of great food, productivity and collaboration!
Posted by Guest  On Dec 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM
  

SCRED Paperwork Parties

2013-2014


Join us for these optional professional learning sessions!  We will have food, learning, and support available as you take advantage of time to complete due process paperwork.


Special education licensed staff may sign up for as many paperwork parties as they choose, with advance approval by their building principal or supervisor. Please RSVP if you plan to attend through the Punchbowl Paperwork Party invitation you received via email.


2013-2014 Dates

  • October 22nd

  • January 16th

  • April 9th


Each evening will have supported work time available. A quiet work room will be reserved, as well as a work space for collaboration and consultation with colleagues and SCRED staff. In addition, the learning sessions listed below will be available for interested staff to participate in.



Date

Session

Time

October 22, 2013

Prior Written Notices

5:00 - 6:00

October 22, 2013

TRAX Support

7:00 - 8:00

January 16, 2014

Linking Evaluation Results to the IEP

5:00 - 6:00

January 16, 2014

Eligibility Criteria

7:00 - 8:00

April 9, 2014

File Organization: What to Keep and Where

5:00 - 6:00

April 9, 2014

Progress Reports: Compliance and Best Practice

7:00 - 8:00


Posted by Guest  On Oct 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM
  

An exciting opportunity awaits you right outside your doorstep!  Please join Dona Yetter, Teacher Preparation and Development Coordinator for North Branch Area Public Schools, on November 12, 2013 from 6:00-7:00pm at the North Branch Area Education Center, 38705 Grand Avenue, Room 126, to hear more about the St. Cloud State University Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate Program coming to North Branch starting in the Summer of 2014. 

The cohort will be completing three required core courses through a hybrid model with combined face to face class sessions and online components.  Summer 2014 will include six face to face class sessions.  Both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will consist of three all day Saturday class sessions and the rest of the course requirements offered in an online group learning format.

Please contact Dona Yetter (see below) for more information regarding this opportunity, including how earning this ASD certificate will assist you in obtaining the new ASD licensure in Minnesota.  Also, Dona needs to know how many SCRED teachers are interested in this program before opening it up to other neighboring districts so be sure to express your interest to her as soon as possible!

Dona Yetter
Teacher Preparation and Development Coordinator
651-674-1071
[email protected]

Posted by Guest  On Oct 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM
  
What is Class Dojo?

ClassDojo is a free classroom management tool that teachers can use to provide students with visual feedback on behavior with just one click.  In addition to reinforcing positive behaviors, ClassDojo also automatically logs data on behavior and creates student behavior reports that teachers can share with parents and administrators.  Teachers in our member districts are trying it out and using the reports at IEP meetings to share behavior strengths and areas of improvement with parents. So far, we've heard positive things about the tool and wanted to pass along the idea!  
Check it out at: www.classdojo.com!
Posted by Guest  On Nov 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM
  
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Posted by thomas.verghese  On Nov 01, 2012 at 12:22 PM 779 Comments
  
Finalizing paperwork in SpEd Forms is an important step in the due process process!   Not only does it ensure that your paperwork is archived and can’t be typed over by a future case manager, but it also allows us to run important reports and get up to date information regarding the services you are providing.  If you have any questions about how to finalize paperwork, please contact your school psychologist or Unique Learner’s Manager.
Posted by Guest  On Oct 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM
  
Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) are currently being implemented in all 6 member districts as part of MDE compliance monitoring.  We will be working on these throughout the year and had our first round of file reviews last week.  If one of your files was pulled, you will receive an email from either your school psychologist or Unique Learners’ Manager with any feedback.  We are excited to see how our paperwork and compliance monitoring results change after the compliance focus at ULC this fall and all your hard work since! Thanks for your work in helping us meet Special Education compliance expectations.  We enjoy working with you as we learn together!
Posted by Guest  On Oct 08, 2012 at 1:58 PM
  
Welcome back to a new school year!   It always amazes me how quickly summer flies by.  You'd think we'd get used to time passing so quickly but every year September creeps right up on me.  We'd like to introduce you to our new blog for the 2012-2013 school year.  We hope that this space can provide the following: 
  1. An efficient way to communicate updates of which all case managers need to be aware.
  2. Timely updates.  Even if a department meeting is a few weeks away, we can share information and engage in conversation.
  3. A place to engage in dialogue regarding special education requirements.  Feel free to ask questions or post comments!
  4. A searchable repository of updates.  How many times do you think, now what did I do with X piece of paper I got at the last department meeting?  Or the one 6 months ago...  This blog will allow you to search for a specific tag or topic so you can have just-in-time information.

As you become familiar with the blog, I recommend subscribing to the email updates (right side of the page).  This will result in you receiving an email every time the blog is updated and will save you time from having to visit the blog regularly without knowing that there's a new post waiting.

We will update the blog as often as we have information to share.  If you have questions, please feel free to post them or ask your Unique Learner's Manager or Special Education Director.  We look forward to seeing you soon and to another successful year!

Best,
Sarah Brown

Posted by Guest  On Aug 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM
  
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