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  • Alexandre Lopes, Instructional Supervisor Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities

    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MIAMI, FLORIDA

    PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

    August 2014

  • PREFACE This handbook has been developed by the Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities to serve as an easy reference to the policies and procedures of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools as they relate to programs for prekindergarten children with disabilities. It serves as a resource in the effort to maintain consistency in prekindergarten programs throughout the county. Each member of the faculty and support staff should become familiar with the contents of this handbook and follow the guidelines provided within. There is much to gain from effective and comprehensive programs in special education for the prekindergarten child. If an adequate program is provided to children at an early age, it is possible to significantly reduce the full impact of their disabilities and consequently, to increase their potential for future growth and independence.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities ........................................ 1-4 PROCEDURES FOR REFERRAL AND PLACEMENT Identification and Referral ................................................................................................5 Screening and Evaluation ................................................................................................5 Staffing Conference .........................................................................................................6 Individual Educational Plan (IEP)/Matrix of Services ................................................... 6-9 Placement .................................................................................................................. 9-10 Guidelines for English Language Learners (ELL) Children ............................. ...............10 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT Teacher Certification ...................................................................................................... 10 Teacher Responsibilities .......................................................................................... 10-12 Lesson Plans ................................................................................................................. 12 Temporary Instructor Plans ............................................................................................ 12 Professional Development Training Sessions .......................................................... 13-14 Home Visits ........................................................................................................... 14-15 Role and Function of the Paraprofessional .............................................................. 15-16 Recordkeeping ......................................................................................................... 17-18 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Program Models ....................................................................................................... 18-21 Classroom Composition ........................................................................................... 21-22 Learning Environment………………………………………………………………………22-24

  • Curriculum/Florida Voluntary PreKindergarten Education Standards/Field Trips .... .24-26 Daily Routine ………………………………………………………………………………. 26-28 Opportunities with Non-Disabled Peers ................................................................ …28-29

    Assistive Technology ............................................................................................... 29-30

    Classroom Management .......................................................................................... 30-32

    Infection Control ............................................................................................................. 32

    Confidentiality .......................................................................................................... 32-33

    Related Services ..................................................................................................... .33-35

    Assessment………………………………………………………………………………… 35-36

    Prekindergarten Progress Report ............................................................................ 36-37

    Students Transferring .................................................................................................... 37

    Annual Review IEP .................................................................................................. 37-38 Transition Process/Promotion .................................................................................. 38-39

    Reevaluation ……………………………………………………………………………………39

    Exit Staffings …………………………………………………………………………… …39-40

    Parent Request for a Copy of the Psychological Evaluation .......................................... 40

    Mentors/Classroom Visits and Observation ................................................................... 40

    Preschool Grant for Children With Disabilities ............................................................... 41

    Resources…………………………………………………………………………………….... 41

    Standards for Prekindergarten Programs ...................................................................... 42

    Parent-Teacher Conferences ......................................................................................... 42

    FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM

  • Family Education Classes ........................................................................................ 42-43 The Parent/Child Activities Calendar and The Parent/Child Stimulation Activities Calendar……………………………………………………………………………...43 Resource Materials……………………………………………………………………………..43 Staffing Conferences ..................................................................................................... 43 Support Person .............................................................................................................. 43 Social Work Services ..................................................................................................... 43 Assistive Technology Services (SWAT) ................................................................... 43-44 Staffing Specialists ......................................................................................................... 44 ROLE OF THE PREKINDERGARTEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUPERVISOR AND SUPPORT STAFF

    Responsibilities .............................................................................................................. 44 Major Duties ............................................................................................................. 45-46 Community Resources ............................................................................................. 47-49

  • Teacher Handbook Appendices 2014-2015

    (available online at http://prekese.dadeschools.net/teacherhandbook.html)

    Appendix Heading

    A Calendars & Classroom Organizational Charts

    B The IEP Process & ESY Packets

    C Program Models & Role Models

    D Daily Team Planning & Lesson Plans

    E English Language Learners (ELL)

    F Forms (links to Forms Management only available on M-DCPS computers)

    G Professional Development

    H High/Scope & Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP)

    I Instructional Materials

    J Assistive Technology

    K Islands of Possibility / Curriculum Adaptations for Children with Multiple Impairments /Intellectual Disability

    L Curriculum Adaptations for Children with Visual Impairment

    M Curriculum Adaptations for Children with Autism

    N Positive Behavior Support Strategies

    O Field Trips

    P Schedules & Toilet Training

    Q Data Collection / Ongoing Monitoring of Progress

    R Progress Reports

    S Curriculum Components

    T Transportation

    U Assessment Requirements & Computer Assessment Charts

    V Transition to Kindergarten

    W Program Standards

    X Program Monitoring and Technical Assistance

    Y Family Involvement

    Z Pre-K SPED District Staff

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    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

    2014 – 2015 North Regional Center

    Biscayne Elementary 800 77 Street Miami Beach, FL 33141 (305) 868-7727 Mail Code: 0321

    V. Boone/Highland Oaks El. 20500 N. E. 24 Avenue Miami, FL 33180 (305) 931-1770 Mail Code: 2441

    James H. Bright Elementary 2530 W. 10th Avenue Hialeah, FL 33010 (305) 885-1683 Mail Code: 0481

    W. J. Bryan Elementary 1201 N.E. 125 Street North Miami, FL 33161 (305) 892-7080 Mail Code: 0561

    John G. Dupui