Month: October 2010

Twelve TIEE faculty members gave up their Saturday and joined Executive Director Suzy Fitch at the CAPSES Fall Conference, held at Vista Del Mar school in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 16. In addition, Children’s Workshop Director, Hillary Whiteside, was among the featured presenters. CAPSES, the California Association of Special Education Schools, featured a variety of important presentations at its day-long conference that varied from legal updates to the analysis of A-B-C data to determine the function of behavior. Hillary Whiteside, Director of TIEE’s Children’s

At the meeting of the Board of Directors on October 13, Dr. Jonathan Siegel was elected to TIEE’s Board of Directors. It was also announced by Mr. Dick Schnetzer, TIEE’s Board President, that Alan Snyder, Board member since 1992, had resigned his membership citing his extensive duties as Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law and his other non-profit board commitments. Dr. Siegel, who works for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, is the father of three graduates from TIEE’s schools.

The COOK Open House on Thursday, October 14, was a huge success! Nearly 50 parents, guardians, and their families attended to meet the teaching staff, and had an opportunity to find out what our students have been doing this year and what other great things we have planned. Following the classroom visits, the students and their siblings joined the teachers for ice cream and activities while the parents attended a brief PTG meeting. Representatives from our various PTG committees gave information about fundraising opportunities, including

Dr. Suzy Fitch, Executive Director of Programs and Personnel for The Institute for Effective Education (TIEE), announced on October 11 that Jen Swope has been promoted to Director of COOK Education Center, one of TIEE’s four San Diego area schools. Ms. Swope, who has been employed by TIEE since 2001, received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. She was President of Pi Kappa Phi Honor Society and graduated cum laude. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and

Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Auburn University, gave a full-day, motivating and informative Master Workshop to 40 of TIEE’s professional and paraprofessional staffers on Saturday, October 2. LeBlanc’s Master Workshop on “Using Naturalistic Teaching Strategies to Teach Children with Autism” provided an overview of and rationale for so-called naturalistic teaching approaches, specific procedures for implementing them, and strong encouragement to make learning opportunities for challenging students more fun. LeBlanc’s examples and exercises were largely drawn from her work on ABA intervention for young