Special and Gifted Education
SAGE stands for “Special and Gifted Education,” but our scope is to beneﬁt all students associated with Frisco ISD.
We endeavor to promote a close alliance between parents and educators of diverse learners in hopes of beneﬁtting ALL children.
With your participation, we can bring awareness and inclusiveness to our schools by addressing the unique needs of our children. It is vital that we combine our knowledge, our experience and our resources to beneﬁt all of our children along the way.
For questions, suggestions or comments, e-mail Lizeth LoCicero at email@example.com.
Join the SAGE mailing list and never miss an update or meeting! Please specify special education list, 504, or gifted / talented list. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org .
EDUCATION: We sponsor various workshops, training classes and access to local resources throughout the year in order to provide families and educators up-to-date information.
COMMUNICATION: The primary objective of SAGE is to promote a dynamic ﬂow of communication between educators and families. We extend our reach into the district network using the following resources: Newsletters, SAGE Newsﬂash, GT Parent Spotlight, and Meeting Updates
Websites & Social Networking: www.friscopta.org/home/sage
Frisco SAGE, Facebook Page, Twitter @Frisco_SAGE
SOCIAL: Meeting, Education & Support Opportunities for Parents & Students: Parent / Administration Meet & Greet, GT Game & Pizza Nights, Parent Roundtables, Various Support Groups, Collaboration with Various Local Organizations.
| An opportunity for parents to get together and learn more about the special education system and how to advocate for their child.Linda Westrick of the PATH Project (http://www.partnerstx.org/path) facilitates meetings and are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:15am and again at 12:00pm at the Frisco church of Christ on Main Street (8648 W Main Street, across from Safety Town). Come to the East side entrance.|
|Upcoming workshops are listed below:|
**Note** that, starting in October, workshops will be presented at 8:15 and 12:00 to accommodate the new ECS schedule:
|November 5th||Overview of Procedural Safeguards – Learn the most prominent rights and responsibilities of children with disabilities, their parents and public agencies.|
|December 3rd||Contents of the IEP – Get a practical knowledge of the contents of an IEP and how to set reasonable, measureable learning goals.|
|January 7th||Communication Skills – Learn about the three components of communication, verbal, nonverbal and paraverbal.|
|February 4th||Assertiveness – Learn to communicate opinions, thoughts, needs and feelings in a direct and appropriate manner.|
|March 4th||Summertime – parents will share and learn about activities, camps and resources for special needs children*|
|April 1st||Organizing the SPED File – Learn how to organize your child’s paperwork to provide an easy to read history of their education.|
|May 6th||What’s next? – an open discussion about the types of classes and supports available at the next level of your educational journey*|
|*parent facilitated sessions, not presented by PATH|
For more information or to RSVP contact Heather Brown at 972-977-9380 or email@example.com
Special Education & Inclusion Tips For Book Fairs
Many schools will be having their book fairs this fall. Here are some ideas for how you can include your special needs students and their families in this wonderful event:
1. Be sure all self-contained classrooms have time scheduled during the school day as a class to go and look at books to purchase, and invite their parents and student volunteer buddies to participate during this time.
2. Schedule a morning or two during your week event to open the book fair early, before school starts, for special needs students.
3. Consider opening your evening book fair events half an hour early for special needs students and their families.
4. Provide a designated “family bathroom” for special needs students during evening book fair events.
5. Provide a “sensory room” or other designated special room to go to for children who become overwhelmed and need a bit of a break from the crowds and commotion of evening book fair events.
6. Be sure to provide pictures, signs, and other visuals to make navigating the event easier.
Special Needs Category In PTA Reflections Program~ please inform your reflection/art in education chair
Students participating in the Special Artist Division may enter in any or all six art categories; Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Film Production, Music Composition, and Dance Choreography. The division is non-graded and limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Qualifying students entering create their own artwork, but may receive non- artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. Special Artist should follow the general rules and guidelines outlined in the Arts Category Student Rules specific to their submissions, modified only by accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
The accommodation, in general, should be both specific and limited to the student’s disability.
The Traditional Grade Divisions are still open and available for EVERY student. In the Traditional Divisions qualified students submit entries and receive accommodation in the grade most closely aligned to their functional abilities. All students are then recognized as part of the general student population without regard to special needs or challenges. Students can enter in more than one art category but only enter in either the Special Artist or Traditional Division, not both.
For more information including frequently asked questions and local guidelines please contact your school’s PTA Reflections Chair. You may also contact Melinda Samberson Frisco ISD Council of PTA's Arts In Education Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org