President's Message



April, 2014

To our members of the Colorado Council of Learning Disabilities:

We hope your school year is going well for you and your students.

This past February we hosted our Math on the “Planes” Conference in conjunction with the Colorado Metro Math Intervention Team and the Colorado Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Mary Pittman presented on the instructional implications of diagnostic assessment tools using the New Zealand Numeracy Project Assessment (NumPa), which is a free screener/diagnostic assessment tool, and also on learning trajectories in mathematics. Participants of this interactive workshop developed a deeper understanding of the foundations of numeracy and developed the knowledge base to interpret results to inform instruction and intervention.

Dr. Richard Kitchen, professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair of Urban Education, University of Denver presented Explain How You Know. . . How to use instruction in mathematical models to enable all students to approach novel problem-solving and explain their thinking. Dr. Kitchen, along with several Colorado state math leaders, presented strategies to organize learning activities, environments and direct instruction so that all students learn math content and participate in mathematical practices. During the conference, participants had the opportunity to work collaboratively to practice and gain deeper understanding of the roles that mathematical models and tools play in both problem-solving and learning. We believe all students can engage in higher-level mathematics through the implementation of evidence-based instructional practices. For more information please see the Math on the “Planes” article featured in our newsletter.

CCLD Tuition Scholarship Award Recipients: Each year the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities recognizes two students who are completing their education in the field of special education with a $1500.00 tuition scholarship. This year’s CCLD tuition scholarship recipients were Sheena Renninger and Ally Garcia. Congratulations to these fine scholarship award recipients!

What is new at CCLD!

Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities is proud to announce the beginning of our professional workshop series. Our first workshop: Behavioral Strategies to Support Effective Instruction in the Classroom presented by Kiki McGough will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Bethany Lutheran Church located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80113 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Be sure to RSVP if you are planning to attend. We hope to see you all there!

Another new addition at CCLD is our Facebook page. Be sure to "like" us.

Reminder:

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) publishes several journals (Learning Disability Quarterly and Intervention in School and Clinic) focusing on current research in the field of special education. Featured in the February 2014 issue of the Learning Disability Quarterly is an article on Improving Multiplication Strategic Development in Children with Math Difficulties, by Drake Zhang, Yan Ping Xin, Karleah Harris andYi Ding. Please take a moment to read this fascinating article as it examines the effectiveness of a strategic training program for improving students’ performance in solving multiplication problems.

Remember, the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities is here to help you achieve in your aspirations and support you in your teaching. We strive to provide you with on-going professional development through Math on the “Planes” and our upcoming CCLD Workshop.

In closing, we appreciate your continued membership and welcome your input. We continue to build and offer opportunities to strengthen our community. If you have ideas to share or would like to join a leadership team or steering committee, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to you joining our board.



Arlene Vigil-Olech, M.A.
President, Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities