October 2015
Issue 1
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Welcome to the PreK-12 Instruction Snapshot, a monthly newsletter for all teachers supporting students with disabilities on the general education/core curriculum.

2015-2016 School Year

A new year of learning is in progress!
In this newsletter, you will find:

1) Instructional Updates
2) Upcoming Trainings
3) Positive Behavior Support
4) Autism Support

Instructional Updates
Why Teach Word Study?

Words Their Way at the Summer Institute, 2015!
Word study is an approach to teaching spelling, word recognition, phonics, and vocabulary. Students are given a spelling inventory to determine their developmental level, and grouped with other students based on need. Word study is sequentially taught, and the students work through the stages of spelling development. 

The Division of Special Education is offering Salary Point classes in Word Study.  Both Special Education and General Education teachers are welcome to attend. Visit the Learning Zone and type in the Keyword: Word Study to find classes. Classes will be offered in multiple locations.

Click here to read an article by Dr. Shane Templeton, one of the authors of Words Their Way, discussing how word study supports the Common Core Foundational and Language Standards.

The New Common Core Goal Bank is Available Online!

Visit the Special Education Instruction website and click on the “New Common Core IEP Goal Stems” link. 

You will be prompted to sign in using your single sign on and password.
The Goal Bank documents are separated into the Elementary CCSS Stems and the Secondary CCSS Stems.  The Foundational Skills Goal Stems appear in both Elementary and Secondary, as students in all grades may need to be assigned a Foundational Goal based upon their needs.
Classes are currently scheduled on Learning Zone for Best Practices in IEP Writing and Implementing CCSS-Aligned IEP GoalsVisit
Learning Zone and type in the Keyword: IEP Writing to find classes.
Have you attended training for Step Up to Writing yet?


This one-day professional development workshop is designed to assist English language arts teachers (elementary or secondary) in supporting Common Core-aligned strategic writing instruction across the curriculum using the evidence-based program, Step Up to Writing. The Step Up to Writing program, authored by Maureen Auman and published by Voyager Sopris Learning, uses research-based multisensory strategies to teach the components of academic writing to a wide range of learners, particularly students with disabilities and English learners. All teachers in attendance will receive complete materials for the Step Up to Writing program for their grade level(s). In addition, teachers will receive the new Step Up to Writing in Math teacher manual to support Common Core math performance tasks. Teacher materials will be distributed at the training.

Look for classes on the
Learning Zone. Keyword: Step Up to Writing
Upon completion, participants will receive six hours of compensation at the training rate ($25.00) for attendance. Bring a cart for materials.

New Sessions Added:

Best Practices in IEP Writing and Implementing CCSS-Aligned IEP Goals

December 5, 2015
December 12, 2015

Look for classes on the Learning Zone.
Learning Zone Keyword: IEP Writing

New! Salary Point Classes are being offered! 

The Salary Point classes will be offered on a rotating basis throughout the District. The Thursday sites that are currently being used are in three geographic regions of the District:
  • North:  Gault Elementary School
  • West:  Johnnie Cochran Middle School
  • South:  Doyle Career and Transition Center
Saturday classes will be held at varying locations depending upon availability.
The classes are available for both special education and general education teachers.  Visit the
Learning Zone and use the Keywords provided below to search for our classes.

Salary Point Classes Offered in October:
Date & Time Class Title Location Learning Zone Keyword
October 8, 2015
Evidence-Based Practice: Self-Management Gault Elementary School
Keyword: Self-Management
2 Saturdays-
October 17 & 24, 2015
8:00am-12:30pm both days
Co-Teaching at the Secondary Level Robert Hill Lane Elementary
Keyword: Co-Teaching
October 17, 2015

Instructional and Participatory Practices for Students with Severe Disabilities
in General Education Classes
Robert Hill Lane Elementary
Keyword: Participatory Practices
October 17, 2015
Integration Electives in Elementary and Secondary Settings Robert Hill Lane Elementary
Keyword: Integration
October 24, 2015
8:00am- 2:30pm
School Staff Ability Awareness Training Robert Hill Lane Elementary
Keyword: Ability Awareness
October 22, 2015

Word Study for Students in the Emergent, Letter-Name Alphabetic, and Within Word Stages
Gault Elementary School
Keyword: Word Study
October 29, 2015
Evidence-Based Practice: Video Modeling Doyle Career and Transition Center
Keyword: Video Modeling

How do salary points work?
You can earn one salary point from every 30 hours of approved professional development hours you attend outside of paid time.  Each one of the classes we offered has been approved, and you will be issued a certificate of verification for the hours you attended. When you have collected certificates equaling 30 hours, you can use an NA Form to submit these hours to Salary Allocation.

Why do I need salary points?
Salary point classes are a great way to increase your income while you continue your professional learning.  On the Salary Point Credit website, these links will give you an overview of what salary points are and how to submit PD hours toward salary points:
  • UTLA Salary Training
  • Salary Point 101
  • How to Use the NA Form to Submit PD Hours
Click here to find the NA-Form to submit your salary points.

Behavior Related Professional Development for the 2015-2016 School Year
This memo provides a schedule of in-person and online professional development for administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. 
Click on the Image above to view the ASD-PQI Table


The Autism Spectrum Disorders-Program Quality Indicator (ASD-PQI) provides information and guidance to plan and administer programs for students with ASD.  The ASD-PQI document features components found in successful programs serving students with ASD.  The ASD-PQI table is organized by major components followed by indicators, which serve as best practices.

The following video highlights the major component Physical Structure, as detailed in the ASD-PQI chart above. 
Click here to watch this video about the Physical Structure component of the Autism-Spectrum Disorders- Program Quality Indicator (ASD-PQI). 
Division of Special Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
PreK-12 Instruction Snapshot Archive

Need Additional Assistance?
Contact:  Rachael Sawyer Perkins at

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