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Bladen County Schools Announce Exceptional Children Department Public Notice

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by Bladen County Schools

May 3, 2021- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Part B, Public Law
108.446) Project is presently being amended. The Project describes the special
education programs that Bladen County Schools proposes for Federal funding for the 2021-2022 School Year. Interested persons are encouraged to review amendments to the Project and make comments concerning the implementation of special education under this Federal Program.

All comments will be considered prior to submission of the amended Project to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IDEA-Part B Project is open to the public for review and comments during the week of May 17, 2021, in the office of the Cheryl White-Smith, Director of Exceptional Children located at 1489 Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC 23887.

Contact Cheryl White-Smith, 910-862-4136 ext. 10022, or by email at cwsmith@bladen.k12.nc.us if you have any questions.


The EC Division is entering into a several-month process of data analysis and assessing our current ability to improve outcomes for students with disabilities (SWD). The main way we measure progress for SWD at the state and local level is through 17 performance indicators identified by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). NCDPI is required to set new targets for most of these indicators and write a new State Performance Plan every 5-6 years. We are starting a new 5-year cycle of our State Performance Plan in February 2022. We want to partner with you to set the new indicator targets and write our new plan.

To facilitate your partnership in writing the new State Performance Plan, we have scheduled two virtual 2-hour stakeholder meetings per month, April-November, 2021; one meeting will be on a Tuesday morning and one on a Thursday evening (see schedule below). The two meetings each month will be identical—you only need to attend one to fully participate—so please choose the option that best fits your ability to participate for the entire meeting. Each month we will orient you to our current data for 2-3 indicators, options for new targets, and potential improvement strategies to meet the new targets. Following the orientation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

Live captioning and ASL interpreting will be provided for these meetings.

The schedule and log-in information for upcoming meetings is as follows:

DATE TIME LOG-IN LINK TOPIC
Tuesday,         April 13, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicator 1 (Graduation) & 2 (Drop Out); Response to SWOT Analysis/Plan for Focused Infrastructure Analysis
Thursday,        April 22, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=ma9d16235589ad9cb1e91f5213d63b77a Indicator 1 (Graduation) & 2 (Drop Out); Response to SWOT Analysis/Plan for Focused Infrastructure Analysis
Tuesday,         May 11, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicator 3 (Reading & Math Proficiency); Infrastructure Analysis Part I – Data on Processes and Results; Targeted Technical Assistance and Professional Development
Thursday,        May 20, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=mf1530c35cb6be099641d4542b6f710f2 Indicator 3 (Reading & Math Proficiency); Infrastructure Analysis Part I – Data on Processes and Results; Targeted Technical Assistance and Professional Development
Tuesday,        June 15, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicator 4 (Suspension & Expulsion) & 7 (Preschool Outcomes); Infrastructure Analysis Part II – Policies, Procedures, and Effective Practices; Effective Dispute Resolution; Integrated Monitoring Activities
Thursday,       June 24, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=m2dc208e9f98d1759e7e50ed187a16e54 Indicator 4 (Suspension & Expulsion) & 7 (Preschool Outcomes); Infrastructure Analysis Part II – Policies, Procedures, and Effective Practices; Effective Dispute Resolution; Integrated Monitoring Activities
Tuesday,          July 13, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicator 17 (State-identified Measurable Result; SiMR); Infrastructure Analysis Part III – Improvement, Correction, Incentives, and Sanctions; Fiscal Management and Accountability
Thursday,         July 22, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=m8bac8196de8ad5c06e8e234100576a56 Indicator 17 (State-identified Measurable Result; SiMR); Infrastructure Analysis Part III – Improvement, Correction, Incentives, and Sanctions; Fiscal Management and Accountability
Tuesday,          Aug 10, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicators 5 (School-age Least Restrictive Environment) & 6 (Preschool Least Restrictive Environment); Gap Analysis of Infrastructure and Capacity to Meet New Targets
Thursday,         Aug 19, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=mc215e7a748086918b54f7abc364b1503 Indicators 5 (School-age Least Restrictive Environment) & 6 (Preschool Least Restrictive Environment); Gap Analysis of Infrastructure and Capacity to Meet New Targets
Tuesday,         Sept 14, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicators 15 (Resolution Sessions) & 16 (Mediation Agreements); Adopt Revised SSIP Theory of Action
Thursday,        Sept 23, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=m36a909cb35c9088da10f59fea45470b4 Indicators 15 (Resolution Sessions) & 16 (Mediation Agreements); Adopt Revised SSIP Theory of Action
Tuesday,           Oct 12, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Indicators 8 (Parent Involvement) & 14 (Post-School Outcomes); Selection of Coherent Improvement Strategies for new SiMR
Thursday,         Oct 21, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=mfaec1a79bb49e15f9b10cd689afbc0a4 Indicators 8 (Parent Involvement) & 14 (Post-School Outcomes); Selection of Coherent Improvement Strategies for new SiMR
Tuesday,          Nov 9, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/meet/lauren.holahan Review Draft of new SSIP
Thursday,         Nov 18, 2021 6:00pm – 8:00pm https://ncgov.webex.com/ncgov/j.php?MTID=m5823ca9d7bf5683ec0556dd64dedcbdb Review Draft of new SSIP

We hope you will consider joining this work with us. If you have any questions, please contact NCDPI State Systemic Improvement Plan Coordinator, Lauren Holahan at lauren.holahan@dpi.nc.gov  .

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