ESSA Reflections with Dr. Moore
The Office of Special Education and Virtuoso Education have partnered to create a new Short Share video on Implicit Bias. All Short Share videos this year include TIPS: tools, interventions, processes, and/or strategies, related to the topics from our conceptual framework.
The center director, Sandi Cole, talks about "Increasing Collaboration through a Unified System of Education" in Short Shares series.
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Last summer, the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community founded Camp Yes And —a summer improv camp for teens on the autism spectrum and teachers. In 2016, the camp will double its impact, offering one week of camp in Bloomington and one week in Indianapolis. The Institute has launched a peer-to-peer funding campaign to support the camp’s free tuition for all participants. To donate, click here.
At Camp Yes And, teens and teachers learn improv as a way to develop social communication skills and transform teaching and learning. The camp is designed to support verbal teens (ages 13-18) on the autism spectrum, or those with a similar diagnosis, who would benefit from support around building social communication skills. Camp also is a free professional learning opportunity for teachers -- including para-educators, mentors, supervisors, etc. -- of any discipline working in K-12 public or private, university, and/or community-based settings (e.g. arts or social services organizations). To learn more about camp and register, visit the website: Camp Yes And! »
Fans who remember watching Drew Carey and friends make up characters, scenes and songs on the TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” know that improvisational theater, or improv, is a lot of fun. Not everyone realizes, however, that improv also is a highly refined system of observing, connecting, and responding that has one major rule: Yes, and. At its heart, improv is about group agreement and support – saying yes to each other and building something new together.
Once again, the camp will be co-directed by Dr. Jim Ansaldo of Indiana University and Lacy Alana, the Building Connections Program Director at the Hideout Theatre of Austin, Texas. “Last year’s camp was very well received,” says Ansaldo. “We hope to make an even bigger impact by offering two weeks of camp in 2016.”
Feedback from 2015 camp participants was overwhelmingly positive. "I will use what I learned in social situations at school," said one teen. A teacher noted, “These days, I use my Camp Yes And curriculum weekly to support my middle schoolers' language and social communication goals… and most importantly — they love it!” For additional information, contact Jim Ansaldo at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail email@example.com.
IU Centers to receive Indiana Department of Education funding to establish Center on Teacher Quality to improve outcomes for students with disabilities
Indiana University’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and Community Living and Careers will receive funding to establish and operate the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality as part of a federally funded $5 million State Personnel Development grant to the Indiana Department of Education. Read more »