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Special Education - SEAC Newsletter

2018-2019 Quarter 3  PDF Version

Director's Spotlight

It is with great pleasure to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight this quarter on Mrs. Kaitlin Erdman. Mrs. Erdman is serving in the role of “Pathways and Connections” Teacher at EWM Elementary School. Kaitlin is a native of Warren County and graduated from Skyline High School in 2010. She then attended Shenandoah University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Kinesiology in 2014 and a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis in 2015. She is QMH certified and a lab licensed Behavioral Analyst. She has been a great asset to the Warren County Team. Her work at EWM has been stellar and she is in the process of developing Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) training modules for the division. Her dedication and compassion for the students of EWM and Warren County is evident in everything she does and it is with great distinction that she is awarded this quarter’s spotlight.

Community Based Instruction

Community Based Instruction is an evidence-based instructional practice that allows students to practice functional skills in the real world with guidance and instruction from a certified teacher. CBI prepares students for successful transition to adulthood in postsecondary life and enhances their quality of life. CBI is individualized for each student and is meant to provide a variety of age-appropriate experiences within the four CBI domains. The four domains of CBI include: Domestic, Vocational, Community, Recreation & Leisure.

These domains help identify a students strengths, preferences, interests and needs. Experience in each domain builds on the other and narrows the focus for transition to adulthood. As students near aging out of the public school system, extra attention is focused on the vocational skills necessary to obtain some level of competitive employment, either supported or unsupported, sheltered employment or a volunteer experience that would meet the students’ individual needs. The main goal is to integrate students with varied ability levels into their community to build acceptance and appreciation of what they add to the community as a whole.

As Warren County has adopted CBI as standard practice in our Secondary Schools. Some examples of this are work based learning in student run businesses such as coffee shops, meals to go, and maintaining our schools’ CBI vehicles. In addition, we have partnered with several local businesses and developed opportunities for students to “go to work” with a job coach. This allows students to improve their marketability and career readiness skills. We have students at the hospital, fitness centers, small engine repair shops, elementary schools, daycares, skating rinks and auto mechanic shops. These are just a few of the opportunities we have available. We continue to work with the community to increase access, awareness and acceptance in the workforce that is accessible to them.

Transition to Post Secondary Education and Life:

How is your child with a disability preparing for adult life? Has he or she expressed interest in what he or she will do when school is finished? How does he or she like to spend recreational time? Where is he or she thinking of living?

Transition planning is the part of the IEP process that addresses these questions and it is one of SEAC’s focus areas this year. SEAC members are familiarizing themselves with Secondary Transition and with how those services are offered in our schools. We are fortunate to have our schools division’s Transition Services Coordinator, Colin Miller, as the teacher member of our committee. (Actually, the position of Transition Coordinator was created over 10 years ago at the recommendation of SEAC!) Colin has been a great source of information and support to our SEAC. He, educators from Warren County High School and Skyline High School, and representatives from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the I’m Determined project have given numerous presentations to SEAC on this topic.

In upcoming editions of the SEAC newsletter we will share examples of how Transition services are offered in Warren County Public Schools and we will answer questions that parents may have. In the meantime, some great sources of information about Transition Services are your child’s case manager, the Virginia Department of Education website, the Understood.org website, and the Parent Center for Information and Resources Website.

Special Education ABC’s

Keeping with the theme for this edition of the SEAC newsletter, our term is “Transition.”

The Virginia Department of Education’s website shares that Transition, “.. is the process students and their families use to think about life after high school, to identify their desired outcomes, and to plan their community and school experiences to assure that the students acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals.” Check out the definition of Transition in the Glossary of the “Parent’s Guide to Special Education” as well. (It’s a bit too long to put in this newsletter!)

Have Questions about Special Education?

Your child’s case manager is a great place to start with questions that you have about your child’s Special Education Services. However, know that SEAC is another resource, feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Email: ladams.seac@gmail.com or call Laurie at 540-683-1767.


Edward Jones Race MORE 5K

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Warren County Middle School

Check in: 8:00 am

5k Start: 9:00 am

For more information, please contact:

The Warren Coalition


ARC of Warren Bingo

March 19th

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Samuel’s Public Library Meeting Room A

ARC of Warren Annual Dinner
Sponsoring a Special Educaiton Art Auction

May 13th 6:00 pm

Blue Ridge Opportunities

*For more information regarding ARC events,

please contact:

Carol Olson



Michael Hirsch


Special Olympics Kickball

Tuesdays April 2nd – May 21st (except April 16th) 4:00 - 5:00pm

at Free Wheeling Way

(Fantasy Land)

For more information, please contact:

Winifred Ehlinger



Community Shout-outs

Samuel’s Public Library for providing resources and events for local youth and their families.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule 2018-2019

  • Monday, February 25th, 6pm, Committee Meeting, 7pm, Presentation by WCPS Educators: “How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting and Partner in Your Child’s Education”
  • Monday, March 18, 2019, Tour of the WCPS ELEMENTS Program (Post-secondary Transition Services) at the LFCC Library, meeting begins at 10am
  • Monday, April 15, 2019, 6pm at the Diversified Minds Conference Room, 465 West 15th Street, General Committee Meeting, Review the WCPS Special Education Annual Plan, and Family Engagement Celebration
  • Monday, May 20th, 2019, Final SEAC Meeting of the School Year, Business Meeting: Review our Annual Report, Plan for the 2019-2020 School Year


Look up SEAC on the WCPS Website in 2 places:

1.Under the "Parents" tab

2.Underthe "Instruction" tab


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Warren County VA Special Education Advisory Committee.



If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Laurie Adams, SEAC Chair

(540) 683-1767

Michael Hirsch, Ed .S.

Director, Special Services, WCPS

(540) 635-2725 ext. 33223


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