Month: November 2009

Mary Taylor, the Director of the Urban Skills Center, participated as a panel member at the 4th Annual Families and Communities Caring Together (FACCT) Conference held at the University of San Diego on Saturday, October 24. The FACCT conference is presented each year as a collaborated effort between the COMPASS Family Center and The University of San Diego. The theme of this year’s conference was Navigating Transitions. Ms. Taylor participated on a panel regarding Adult Transition Programs available to students in the San Diego area.

We had a successful Transition Information Night and Open House on October 6th. Over 50 parents and students attended this event! Presenters from several adult agencies and the community college district shared information about services available to students once they finish their school program. Agencies included: The Arc of San Diego, CREEL, Employment & Community Options, Department of Rehabilitation, and the San Diego Community College District. Partnerships With Industry and Toward Maximum Independence were unable to attend but provided written material. The students are just

Children’s Workshop, along with the other schools of The Institute for Effective Education’s (TIEE’s) family of schools were given site visits by two review teams in spring, 2009. One of the teams represented the California State Department of Education (SDE) and their review was conducted as part of a cycle of annual reviews pursuant to SDE certification of TIEE’s schools as Non-Public, Non-Sectarian Schools. Joining the state team was a second team representing San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego County Special

Hillary Whiteside, Director of Children’s Workshop, had a unique opportunity to travel to the Philippines and teach a young boy with autism and his family. This opportunity arose due to her collaboration and mentorship of Jenna Sleichter, a special education teacher in the San Diego Unified School District, who had been consulting with the family for several years. They assessed the 8-year old’s levels of functioning as well as designed and implemented teaching programs to meet his individual needs. Together they provided intensive training over

Special educators from Children’s Workshop (CW), who are enrolled in the Masters in Autism program of San Diego State University’s Department of Special Education, attended the international conference on Applied Behavior Analysis in Oslo, Norway, August 7th-9th, with funding from the Federal grant that supports the SDSU program. CW teachers Sherry Castenada, Laura Hoge, Christine Daly and Dana Pulde attended panels and workshops ranging from “Early Childhood Intervention in Communication Skills” to “Coaching Mastery and Parent Involvement” with studies presented by teachers and researchers from