Training and Consultation (TaC)

Making a Difference in the Lives of Bucks County Students.

Provided by the Program and Training Specialists of the Bucks County Schools Intermediate #22

Program and Training Specialists:

  • Offer technical assistance and support for local school districts in theimplementation of school wide improvement and current best practices to accommodate all learners for lifelong learning.

  • Support districts in their efforts for all children to access, participate andmake progress in the general education curriculum.

  • Provide training, consultation, and guided practice to enhance school districtsefforts in building local capacity to meet the needs of all students.

  • Assist local districts in the implementation of federal and state required initatives.

  • Provide parent training and consultation at districts request.

  • Utilize a problem-solving process to foster systematic change for students.

PDE Initiatives:

Transition

Transition coordination involves working with schooldistricts, individual schools, teams, families and agencies to developprocesses, programs, and opportunities leading to successful school andpost school experiences.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Services are provided through the BCIU assistive technologyteam assisting educators, students and family members as they select, acquire, train and use assistive technology systems. The main areas ofassistive technology covered by the team are: augmentativecommunication, writing tools/computer access, adapted switches, environmental controls, assistive listening equipment for individualswho are deaf or hard of hearing, and access technology for individualswith visual impairments.

Behavior Management

Behavior management has long been expressed as a priority need by educators. Inorder to build effective positive behavior supports in schools, it isimportant to focus on the interactive relationships between studentbehavior and the context in which it occurs. This is accomplishedthrough a comprehensive systems approach which considers schoolwide,setting-specific, classroom-based, individual student environments andutilization of positive behavior techniques.

Interagency Coordination

Agrowing number of children and their families are in need of supportiveservices from various child-serving systems of Pennsylvania to besuccessful in school. Interagency Coordinators, based at intermediate units, work incollaboration with local school districts and County Child andAdolescent Services System (CASSP) coordinators to enhance access forfamilies to inclusive and well-integrated services. The major emphasisis on using a collaborative, interagency approach to identify and coordinate appropriate community resources and services, resolve identified barriers to families’ access to services and engage community agencies to facilitate appropriate educational programming and placements.

Inclusive Practices/LRE

Technicalassistance and support is available to school districts with regard toPennsylvania and Federal regulations, standards, policies, and legalprecedents affecting special education including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), PA Special Education Regulations, IEP Development, Section 504 Service Agreements, Chapter 15 Protected Handicapped, PSSA/PASA, Inclusive Practices and Supplementary Aids & Services

Response to Intervention, Progress Monitoring, Reading, Math

Trainingand consultation is available to develop and implement a comprehensivemulti-tiered intervention system to enable early identification andimplementation of scientifically-based researched interventions forstudents at academic and behavioral risk. Technical assistance can beprovided on universal screening and progress monitoring, the ongoingprocesses for collecting and analyzing data utilized for instructionaldecision-making which enhances schoolwide improvement.

The development of literacy skills and proficiency in mathematics is ofparamount importance for all students; assisting teachers to modify andadapt curriculum to ensure optimal growth for all learners is a primarygoal. Technical assistance is available in systematic reading and mathinstruction.

Autism

Autism is defined as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction,

andvaried behavioral responses. Information and resources are available toassist school district staff and parents in providing effectiveprogramming for students with autism.

These may include:

• behavior plans • social skills training • assessment • IEP development • community education • curriculum adaptation


Quick Links

Staff:

Kelly Lambert, Supervisor

1-800-770-4822, ext. 1220, KLambert@bucksiu.org

  • Bensalem-Sarah DiMarino, ext. 2023, sdimarin@bucksiu.org
  • Bristol Borough-Barbara Mazurek, ext. 1222, bmazurek@bucksiu.org
  • Bristol Township-Alexis McCullough, ext. 2253, amccullo@bucksiu.org                    
  • Centennial-Cappy Adduci, ext. 2002, cadduci@bucksiu.org
  • Central Bucks-Meredith Penner, ext. 2398, mpenner@bucksiu.org
  • Council Rock-Regina Rausch,  RRausch@bucksiu.org
  • Morrisville-Alexis McCullough, ext. 2253, amccullo@bucksiu.org
  • Neshaminy-Lorraine Johnson LJohnson@bucksiu.org
  • New Hope-Solebury-Lorraine Johnson,  LJohnson@bucksiu.org
  • Palisades-Beth Swatsky, ext. 2399, eswatsky@bucksiu.org
  • Pennridge-Jamie Lill  JLill@bucksiu.org
  • Pennsbury-Danette Richards, ext. 1809, drichard@bucksiu.org
  • Quakertown-Nancy George, ext. 2298, ngeorge@bucksiu.org
  • Non-public/Charter-Yona Diamond Dansky, ext 2890, ydansky@bucksiu.org/Warren Ellner, ext. 2058 WAR824@aol.com
  • Assistive Technology- Bill Ziegler, ext. 1570, bziegler@bucksiu.org
  • Interagency Coordinator-Caryn Kadel, ext. 1102, ckadel@bucksiu.org


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