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4MAT Model of teaching which takes in to account the multiple intelligences and how to teach to those styles.
 
5 + 3 + ii + iii Florida's formula for effective reading instruction:

5 Major Components:

  1. Phonemic awareness - awareness that words are made up of isolated sounds
  2. Phonics - knowing that sounds are represented visually by letters and letter combinations
  3. Vocabulary - having a deep understanding of words, word families, connotations, denotations, etc. to assist in reading
  4. Fluency - the ability to read text at a reasonable rate, with intonation and minimal errors
  5. Comprehension - the thorough understanding of meaning created by the interaction between the text and the reader

3 types of Assessment to Guide Instruction

  1. Screening - to identify students who will need additional instruction
  2. Diagnostic - to determine a student's specific strengths, weaknesses, and needs
  3. Progress Monitoring - to measure the success of the interventions being used

initial instruction in all K - 3rd grade classrooms
To include direct instruction, coordinated instructional sequences, differentiated instruction (to meet individual needs) and the creation of a print-rich environment

 immediate intensive intervention
To include the classroom teacher and other professionals that a student might need to achieve reading success.
 

Acaletics Commercial program that centers around staff development for math instruction.
 
Accelerated Reader (AR) Commercial program that combines reading with computer tests for reading comprehension.
 
Accommodation  A different way of doing something that takes into account a person’s disability. Accommodations are changes in how a student is taught or tested. This does not change the requirements of a course or the standards the student must meet.
 
ACE I A Collection of Educators – I is a 6 week course designed for k-3 teachers. This course is hosted by various teachers in the school district that are implementing successful literacy practices in their classrooms. Each class will focus on a specific topic that has been determined by a teacher needs assessment survey and input from administrators and district personnel. In addition to classroom strategies research will be included to support the material that is presented.
 
ACE II A Collection of Educators - II is a 6 week course designed for 4-6 teachers. This course is hosted by various teachers in the school district that are implementing successful literacy practices in their classrooms. Each class will focus on a specific topic that has been determined by a teacher needs assessment survey and input from administrators and district personnel. In addition to classroom strategies research will be included to support the material that is presented.
ACP Alternative Certification Professional
ACT American College Test - a college entrance and placement exam that measures academic achievement.
 
AD Active Directory
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADM Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health – see SAMHO
AED Automated External Defibrillator
AICE Advanced International Certificate in Education
AIP Academic Improvement Plan – students working before grade level are given plan Interventions.
AIMS Activities Integrating Math and Science-commercial Program.
 
AIP Academic Improvement Plan - Teachers create these plans for students working before grade level to designate specific interventions to assist them.
 
ALL Accelerated Literacy Learning - a one-on-one Title I tutorial program in reading for first graders.
 
Annual Goal A statement in an IEP of what an exceptional student needs to learn and should be able to learn in his or her program in a year.
Antidepressants Medications that are used in the treatment of depression, as well as other psychiatric disorders.
 
Antipsychotic Major tranquilizers that are considered standard treatment for serious psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia.
 
Anxiety Feelings of unease and fear of impending danger characterized by physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling and feelings of stress.
 
AP Advanced Placement - a designation for coursework taken in high school that may be applied towards college credit.
 
AR Accelerated Reader – Commercial program that combines books with computer tests for measuring and improving reading comprehension.
 
ASO Administrative Services Organization –an independent organization whose purpose is to provide administrative support services for the purposes of increasing overall system efficiencies.  Indices include: fiscal intermediary, data processing, Human Resources and management services.
 
Assessment A way of collecting information about a student’s special learning needs, strengths, and interests.
 
Autism Spectrum Disorder A type of pervasive developmental disorder. It interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with and relate to others. It almost always develops before a child is 3 years old and affects how a person perceives and processes sensory information. Although it is a spectrum disorder, meaning there are varying intensities and manifestations, it is a lifelong condition that often results in some degree of social isolation.
 
AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination - a program designed to identify typically underserved students and prepare them for college.
 
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress – No Child Left Behind legislation requires each school to show improvement each year in various subgroups, such as percent of minorities tested or percentage of students improving, based on FCAT.
 
BCC Brevard Community College
 
BCTM Brevard Council of Teachers of Mathematics
 
BGL Below Grade Level
 
BIP Behavioral Intervention Plan
 
BN Brevard Notebook
 
BSO Brevard Symphony Orchestra
 
CAC Community Advisory Committee - a group of citizens representing various areas around the county that provides the children's Board with input.  The CAC has three major roles:  To advise, advocate, and communicate/educate.
 
Case Coordinator See Case Management, Interchangeable term with Case Manager
Capacity Development Activities and supports aimed at improving quality, increasing quantity or developing diversity in services and service delivery, fostering coordination, collaboration, system integration.
 
Case Manager See Case Management. Interchangeable term with Case Coordinator.
 
Case Management Activities aimed at identifying the child and family’s assets, needs, assisting the person to access other services and funding sources, planning services, linking the service system with the person, coordinating the various system components, monitoring service delivery, evaluating the effect of service received and follow-up.
CBI Community-Based Instruction - Instruction that takes place in locations in the community. CBI often includes training in the classroom followed by practice in real-life settings.
 
CET Center for Educational Technology
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate
CCRP Comprehensive Core Reading Program
CHIP Child Health Insurance Program – a federal lead agency program to insure children of poor and working poor parents.  Florida Kid care is Florida’s program which includes Medicaid, Healthy Kids and Medi-Kids.
 
Child and Family Team Includes those persons who families choose to participate in planning and carrying out a plan to address the child/family problems. The team must include the family and may include the therapists, teachers, friends, neighbors, church members or others.
Child/Family Assessment Process of data gathering from multiple sources to create a Comprehensive picture of children and family for the purpose of identifying strengths and needs in order to plan services and support.
 
CCRP Comprehensive Core Reading Program
CEI Lab Creative Education Institute Lab - A commercial computer lab that assesses a student's level and then provides instruction at that level.  It also contains a management system so that teachers and parents are constantly aware of child's progress.
 
CMHS Center for Mental Health Services - a division of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration of the Federal government funding the THINK (Tampa Hillsborough Network for Kids) project.
 
Community Awareness Includes events (such as health fairs, information fairs), networking, public education, and advertising and media exposure.
Compass Learning A commercial computer lab that assesses a student’s level and then provides instruction at that level. It also contains a management system so that teachers and parents are constantly aware of child’s progress. They were formerly known as Jostens Learning.
Continuity of Care Care that is provided during all services and treatments that provides linkages with necessary partners and resources.
 
CPI Child Protective Investigation – Reports of child abuse and Neglect may result in temporarily removing children from the home When necessary while the family works to restore Stability. Workers offer support services to help families with problems before they become too severe. Expect counseling and regular visits with families where there is a risk of child abuse or neglect.
CPR Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation
CPS Child Protection Services – Protects children who are at risk of abuse or neglect while making every effort to keep families intact. Child Protection Services also offers referrals for counseling for families, training for adoptive or foster parents and licensing services for child welfare agencies.
CRISS Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies - a teaching approach whereby students use metacognitive and organizing strategies to learn how to learn.
 
CSHP Coordinated School Health Program
CSM/SSL Content Switching Module / Secure Socket Layer
CST Child Study Team – the evaluation team at a school that determines need for placement in special education programs after evaluation.
 
CSU Crisis Stabilization Unit – 14-bed secure inpatient unit operated by MHC.
 
Cultural Competence Understanding and appreciating the differences in each family, from thoughts, speech, actions, customary beliefs, social forms and material traits of a racial, religious or social group. It also affects age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability from an organizational standpoint; it is understanding the societal mandates of each agency and appreciating their differences. Indices include: training, technical assistance, assessment, board development, Human Resources (including recruitment and retention, and promotion and development), and leadership and management diversity.
Customer Service Audit The audit consists of an onsite inspection in which various physical and facilities factors are rated, and a phone survey in which staff response to a variety of questions is evaluated.
 
DACCO Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office - Substance Abuse Provider - member of Interagency Management Team at the Children’s Board.
 
DAR Diagnostic Assessment of Reading - reading assessment used at the intermediate level of elementary schools to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
 
DCF Department of Children and Families - Florida agency providing funding for services for child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, adult and economic assistance.
 
DD Developmentally Delayed
DELTA Developing Educational Leaders for Tomorrow's Achievers
Depression A psychiatric diagnosis described as mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, loneliness, despair, low self-esteem, worthlessness, withdrawal from social interaction, and sleep and eating disorders.
 
Determining Eligibility The steps taken to decide whether a student is eligible for exceptional Student education.
 
Dimensions of Learning An instructional model that helps teachers plan curriculum and instruction by looking at how students learn.
Dismissal Staffing A meeting at which a group of school staff members and parent(s) review all the assessments and other information to consider recommending that a student is no longer in need of a certain program. Parents will receive written notice before services are stopped.
 
DID District Inservice Day – day set aside on the calendar for Professional Development.
 
DIBELS Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills - reading assessment used at the primary level in elementary schools to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
 
DJJ Department of Juvenile Justice - is the Florida agency responsible for services to juvenile delinquents and those who have broken laws.
 
DLF Developing Literacy First - is a 12-week Rigby course designed to support K-3 teachers in the areas of reading and writing in the classroom. DLF addresses theory and application of strategies. Participants are required to observe the facilitator demonstrate literacy strategies for three classroom visits. (Formerly ELIC).
 
D/O Disorder
 
DRA Developmental Reading Assessment - a kindergarten through 3rd grade reading assessment used to determine a child's reading strengths and weaknesses.
 
DSDS Desktop Student Data System
 
DSI Dual Sensory Impaired
 
Due Process A set of rights under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that a parent has related to the student’s educational program and related services. These rights help to make sure that students receive a free and appropriate public education.
 
Due Process Hearing A formal meeting held to settle disagreements between parents and schools in a way that is fair to the students his/her parents and the school. The meetings is run by an impartial hearing officer.
 
DX Diagnosis
 
ED Economic Disadvantaged (refers to a student and his / her family)
EC see Established Conditions
EH School acronym indicating Emotional Handicapped - emotional concerns that result in behaviors that interfere with a child’s educational process. The child with an emotional handicap experience more frequent and intense behavioral difficulties than those of other students. The behaviors range from withdrawal and isolation to acting out and aggression.
Eligible A decision that says that a student meets the requirements for and is in need of exceptional student education programs and services. The decision is based on state statutes.
 
Eligibility Staffing A meeting at which a group of school staff members and parent(s) determine a student’s eligibility or ineligibility for exceptional student education programs and services. This decision is based on assessment, observation, intervention and other information.
 
ELL English Language Learners (Also see ESL)
EMH School acronym indicating Educable Mentally Handicapped – A child unable to achieve at school because of emotional concerns and developmental problems. Sometimes the developmental lags or disabilities are undetected.
EPT Educational Planning Team
ERDA Early Reading Diagnostic Assessment - K-6 reading diagnostic assessment.
 
ESE Exceptional Student Education - Department of Brevard County Public Schools that oversees special education, including SED and EH.
 
ESF Educational Services Facility
 
ESL English as a Second Language
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
Established Conditions A description use for birth to 2-years olds who have certain identified medical or physiological conditions that have a correlation to future learning problems.
 
ESY Extended School Year
 
ets Electronic Training Solutions, Inc. - Management consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation and business growth strategies, www.etsfl.com.
 
Evaluation A way of collecting information about a student’s special learning needs, strengths, and interests. It is used to help make decisions about whether a student is exceptional and eligible for exceptional student education programs and services.
 
Evaluation Criteria, Services and Procedures A set of statements in an IEP that describes what a student will have to do, how much, how often, and in what ways to show mastery of the “short-term objectives”.
 
FAC Florida Administrative Code
 
FSP Family Support Plan - A written plan that describes the concerns and needs of a family related to the development of their infant or toddler, ages 0 to 3, who has an established condition or developmental delay. It lists the services to be provided to the child and the family.
 
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
 
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
 
FCAT Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test – Consists of three tests: One norm-referenced and the other criterion-referenced tests are given over a two to four day period. The third test is called FCAT Writing. The tests are used to evaluated the student, school and the school system.
 
FCAT Writing A state-wide mandated writing test used in grades 4, 8 and 10 to evaluate students’ writing capability. It is used as part of the state accountability program.
 
FDLRS Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System
 
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
 
FETC Florida Educational Technology Conference
 
FHP Florida Health Partners, Inc. - contractor with AHCA for the Medicaid Prepaid Mental Health Plan that covers mental health services for Medicaid recipients.
 
Fidelity Alignment with a specific philosophy or treatment modality.
 
FLES Foreign Language in the Elementary School
 
FOF Federation Of Families for Children’s Mental Health
 
FMHI Louis De La Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (a college of the University of South Florida) – Department of Child and Family—contractor with THINK for Evaluation activities.
 
FOF Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
 
FPSP Future Problem Solving Program
 
FRL Free, Reduced Lunch
 
FTE Full Time Equivalence
 
Future Problem Solving Competitive program that "stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future".  Source:  www.pfsp.org.
 
GCE Good Cause Exemption – promotion to next grade level with documentation to support due to not earning a passing score on FCAT.
 
GEMS Acronym for Gardendale Elementary Magnet School
 
GLE Grade Level Equivalency—computer program used to assist student placement in reading.
 
GLE Grade Level Expectations – expectations that are expected in the Sunshine State Standards.
 
Hearing Officer The person who is in charge of a due process hearing and who makes the decisions after a hearing.
 
H/H Hospital/Homebound
 
HHIT Hospitality, Health and Industry Training
 
HI Hearing Impaired
 
HOUSSE One method for documenting the skills of veteran teachers which allows the district to use a performance checklist to evaluate the teacher's skills against the NCLB standards on a High, Objective, Uniform, State Standard of Evaluation plan (HOUSSE) performance checklist.  Most of our estimated 2,500 elementary teachers who are veterans were evaluated using a HOUSSE in order to achieve highly qualified status; this allowed the district to retain these veteran teachers and their knowledge in our organizational instructional system via the DROP program.
 
IB International Baccalaureate
I Team Intervention Team - "first response" team at a school that develops strategies with teachers and school staff for children having behavior difficulties.
 
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - A federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services.
 
IEE Independent Education Evaluation
 
IEP Individual Education Plan - A written plan that describes the individual learning needs of a student with disabilities and the exceptional student education programs and services that will be given to that student.
 
IEP Meeting A meeting held to write, review, or change a student’s IEP.
 
Impulsiveness Irresponsible or reckless behavior.
 
Inclusion Students with disabilities are in general education classrooms and setting with their same age peers without special needs. The special education instruction, support and services that the student needs for success follow the student to the general education setting rather than the student going to a separate classroom.
 
Individual Evaluation A plan designed for each child or family. The treatment provider develops the plan with the family and identifies the child and family’s strengths and needs. It establishes goals and details appropriate treatment and services to meet his or her special needs.
 
Individualized Treatment Plan A plan designed for each child or family. The treatment provider develops the plan with the family and identifies the child and family’s strengths and needs. It establishes goals and details appropriate treatment and services to meet his or her special needs.
 
Information and Referral Maintain information about resources in the community, link people who need assistance with appropriate service providers, provide information about agencies and organizations. Be readily available; assist the person to determine which resources are needed; provide referral, may include follow-up to ensure contact.
Interventions Strategies used to help a student make progress in learning or behavior.
 
IPDP Individual Professional Development Plan - every teacher must write an IPDP yearly after attending a professional development workshop.  The IPDP involves collecting classroom data to determine a need, specifying a behavior intervention learned during professional development workshops and conducting action research to determine the intervention's efficacy.
 
ITAS Interim Alternative Educational Setting
 
ITI Integrated Thematic Instruction – thematic approach to instruction through integration and collaboration.
 
JAC Juvenile Assessment Center - a central booking facility for all Hillsborough County youth who are arrested.
 
K Kindergarten
 
KID Kindergarten In Detail – kindergarten county handbook assessment.
 
KIM Kindergarten Inventory of Math
 
LOS Length Of Stay
 
LRE Least Restrictive Environment – The school setting (placement) that allows a child with a disability to be educated to the greatest extent possible with typically developing peers.
 
M of E Mark of Excellence - a communication publication.
Matrix Template of Services
 
MD Manifestation Determination
 
Mediation A process in which parents and school personnel try to settle disagreements with the help of a state approved, trained mediator. Mediation may take place any time but is always offered in administrative due process hearings.
 
Medipass State Medicaid program covering some families and children who meet criteria and do not choose a HMO for health or mental health coverage.
 
Mega Skill A parenting program that enables parents to teach their children the attitudes, behaviors and skills (i.e. confidence, motivation, perseverance, initiative, etc.) that make it possible to do well in school and in life.
 
MH Mentally Handicapped - EMH=Educable, TMH=Trainable, PMH=Profound.
 
Mood Disorders A psychiatric diagnostic category–that includes disturbances in mood, usually deep sadness or indifference, excitement or irritability such as depression.
 
Motor Having to do with the use of the large and small muscles to move different parts of the body.
 
Multi-age Refers to students in different grade levels assigned to a single teacher or subject level.
 
NAACP National association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAT Network Address Translation
NCLB No Child Let Behind – is a federal legislation designed to help reform education in the country. It is designed to improve student Achievement and close the gap between majority and minority students.
 
NCS Learn Formerly Computer Curriculum Corporation - A commercial computer lab that assesses a student’s level and then provides instruction at that level. It also contains a management system so that teachers and parents are constantly aware of child’s progress.
Neuropsychology The study of brain functions and the thinking process.
NIC Network Interface Card
NICK Nurturing Independence and Comprehension in Kids
Notice A way of telling parents about an action the school plan to take that will affect their child’s education.
OCB Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior - a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by persistent ideas or desires that lead to repetitive, purposeful behaviors that are difficult to control.
 
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – (see obsessive-compulsive behavior) a Psychiatric diagnosis.
 
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder - a psychiatric diagnosis of a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior towards authority figures. To be defined as such, the pattern must persist for at least six months and must go beyond the bounds of normal childhood misbehavior.
 
OCR Office for Civil Rights
Odyssey of the Mind "An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literacy classics.  They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.  Thousands of teams from throughout the US. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program" Source:  www.odysseyofthemind.com.
 
OGL On Grade Level
OHI Other Health Impaired
OI Orthopedically Impaired
OJT On-the-Job Training
 
OSEP Office of Special Education Program
 
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
 
OT Occupational Therapy - often geared toward fine motor skills that impact a student's academic success and / or daily living skills
 
OWLS Organized and Wired for Literacy Success is a 6 week-course designed for new K-3 teachers, but would also be helpful to any K-3 teacher who would like to be more effective using small group instruction and literacy centers. The course provides background in the research to support small group reading and writing instruction along with practical applications for specific grade levels.
Panic Attack Basic part of panic disorder, experienced by nearly one out of 14 people at least once during a lifetime. It typically begins between young adulthood and the mid-30s. Evidenced by feelings of intense fear that can occur “out of the blue” in places or situations that would not upset most people.
 
PASSport Parents Assuring Student Success - a program that teaches families how to help their children reach Florida’s high academic standards. The training being offered at schools is composed of eight modules:
1. Parent Attitude (The Power of Parental Influence),
2. Structuring the Home Environment
3. Study Skills
4. Homework and Learning Expediters
5. Note-taking Skills
6. Helping Children Prepare for Tests
7. Memory Enhancement / Developing Thinking Skills
8. Teaching Reading Skills
 
PEC Preschool Evaluation Center
 
Peer Group BPS' peer group is composed of the other nine (9) largest Florida school districts.
 
Peer Tutoring Students work with students in particular subjects i.e. reading.
 
Pervasive Developmental Disorders A group of symptoms that involve impairments in several areas of development. These neurocognitive and psychological impairments often include difficulties in initiating and/or maintaining social relationships, problems in the appropriate development of receptive and expressive communication skills, and deficiencies in maintaining socially acceptable behaviors, interests and activities.
PETALS Parents Exploring Teaching and Learning Styles - Give parents opportunities to determine learning styles for themselves and their children and strategies to use to help their child learn in their preferred learning style while exploring different styles of learning.
 
PI Physically Impaired
PT Physical Therapy – geared towards gross motor skills that impact a student's academic success and / or daily living skills
Placement Placement is based on the number of minutes in a school day that an ESE student spends with non-disabled peers.
 
Power Writing Commercial staff development to assist teachers in preparing students for the Florida Writing Assessment.
 
PNL Parent Notification Letter
 
PMRN Progress Monitoring Reporting Network
 
PMSSP Personalized Middle School Success Plan
 
Prevocational Skills Skills a student needs to master before he is ready to learn vocational skills.
 
PRISM Promoting Regional Improvement in Science and Math
 
Program and System Evaluation Formal qualitative or quantitative processes that determine the degree to which and/or assist the program or system to meet its goals and objectives.
 
PRTG Paessler Router Traffic Grapher to monitor and classify bandwidth.
 
Psychosis/Psychotic Refers to a state of mind that is characterized as being “out of touch” with reality. Can include visual or auditory hallucinations.
 
Psychostimulants Stimulant medications used to treat psychiatric or mental disorders.
Psychotic A mental disorder related to impaired contact with reality.
 
Psychotropics Medication or chemicals that result in changes in thinking, behavior and emotion.
 
PTA / PTO Parent-Teacher Association / Parent-Teacher Organization
 
QLD Quality Literature Day – showing and judging of students' publications.
 
RC Reading Counts – Commercial program that combines books with computer tests for measuring and improving reading comprehension.
 
Reading Buddies A partnership between students (with one usually older) to assist students with reading ability and motivation.
 
Re-Evaluation An evaluation that takes place after a student has already been receiving ESE programs or services. A re-evaluation must be considered at least every three years to determine if the programs and services a student is receiving are still appropriate.
 
Referral The process where a written request is made for a formal individual evaluation to determine if a student is eligible for specially designed instruction and related services. A referral may be made by a parent, a teacher, a doctor, or any person who has worked with the student. Children do not have to be in school to be referred.
 
Related Services Special help, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech or language therapy or orientation and mobility instruction given to an exceptional education student in addition to classroom teaching or instruction so that the student can benefit from the teaching or instruction.
 
RR Running Records – a teacher’s informal assessment to determine a students reading level.
 
SAC School Advisory Council
 
SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
 
Safety Plan A clear plan of action developed by the family of a child with SED and the case coordinator so that the family will know how to prevent emergencies or get the help needed at any time.
 
SAILL Strategies Applied In Literacy Learning - Title I Staff development for teachers of grades 4-6 on how children learn.
 
SAMHO Substance Abuse Mental Health Office – is a program of the Florida Department of Children and Families. It acts as mental health authority in Florida which is eligible to receive Federal funds.
SAR Student Assessment Record – record in cumulative folder containing student academic information.
 
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test - a test used to measure a college applicant's potential to learn.
 
SBRR Scientifically Based Reading Research
 
Screening First step of process to determine child and/or family needs. Serves a triage function to ensure children and/or family reaches an appropriate level of assess mentor intervention.
 
Section 504 A civil rights law ensuring equal access to educational services, which may mean that a student receives accommodations and modifications based on a disability or handicap.
 
SD Substantially Deficient (is also sometimes Staff Development)
 
SD Staff Development
 
SES Supplemental Education Services
 
SED School acronym indicating Severely Emotionally Disturbed. The Federal definition (IDEA/Public Law 105-17) identifies SED as existing when a child displays one of more of the following symptoms over an extended period of time: 1) difficulty learning, not explained by an identified learning disorder or other condition; 2) relationships with teachers and other students; 3) displays inappropriate behaviors or feelings; 4) exhibits general depression or anxiety; 5) shows physical symptoms, such as a strong fear of school.
 
Sedation Producing sleep or sleepiness.
 
SEDNET SED Network – funded by the Florida Department of Education to provide coordination between schools, children with SED and their families, and community providers who Serve them; contract manager for THINKids.
 
SES Supplemental Education Services
 
SGS Small Group Strategies - is a 7-week course designed for K-2 & 3-6 teachers. This course focuses on informal and formal assessment strategies for the first three weeks and guided reading strategies for the last three weeks. The course includes a demon-demonstration visit and a follow-up class after teachers have had the opportunity to implement these strategies in their classrooms.
 
Short-Term Instructional Objectives Statements in an IEP that describe small steps a student must learn or master before he or she can reach the annual goals set for them. Only needed (required) for students who are on alternate assessment.
 
SLD Specific Learning Disabilities
SLFE Supporting Literacy-Four through Eight is an extension of DLF for intermediate grades.
 
SLI Speech Language Impaired
 
SOAR Summer Opportunities for Acceleration and Remediation
 
SOC System of Care - a comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other necessary services which are organized into a coordinated network to meet the multiple and changing needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
 
Spelling Inservice This four week course will assist teachers with spelling Instruction in the primary and intermediate classroom.
 
SQL Structured Query Language
 
SRA Reading A remedial reading program which has proved successful in use with at-risk children. Relies heavily on short, repetitive lessons.
 
SRI Scholastic Reading Inventory - measures a student's reading lexile based on vocabulary-driven reading passage comprehension questions.
 
SRO School Resource Officer
 
SRP Supplemental Reading Program
 
SSNP Secondary Schools of National Prominence
Staffing A meeting at which a group of school staff members make decisions on eligibility for and dismissal from exceptional student education programs or services.
 
Strengths-Based Those qualities that children with SED and their families possess --such as interests, likes, abilities and family activities which give a case coordinator an idea how the family’s life looks when things are going well.
 
SRUSS School Readiness Uniform Screening System – screening for new kindergarten students at the beginning of the year.
 
SS Social Studies
 
SSS Sunshine State Standards – standards set by state that are the criteria for FCAT.
 
Stimulants A class of medications that activate the nerves that serve as messengers and connect with multiple organs in the body.
Success-For-All A school wide restructuring program designed to see that students begin with success in the early grades and then maintain success through the elementary years. Every teacher teaches reading to homogenous groups for 90-minutes each day. Designed by Robert Slavin of John Hopkins University.
 
SWOT Strategic planning tool, stands for "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats".
 
TA-Technical Assistance The act of providing consultation, training and peer networking opportunities to help non-profit staff and boards build their organization's capacity to deliver services effectively, manage their resources prudently, and involve their community.
 
TACACS+ Terminal Access Controller Access Control System
 
TALK Teachers Analyzing Literature with Kids - is a 6-week course designed for teachers of grades 3-6 interested in exploring the role of literature circles in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how literature circles can improve oral language, comprehension, and enjoyment of children’s literature. Support and guidance will be given to teachers in order to help them implement literature circles effectively.
 
TALK 2 TALK 2 - is a follow-up course designed to support teachers who have taken TALK in the past. TALK 2 includes two dimensions:
1) Teachers have the opportunity to participate in articulation
2) meetings once a month to support each other in the implementation of literature circles. For additional credit, participants participate in the creation of a handbook of literature circle management techniques and sample lessons that will be provided to future TALK participants.
 
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; economic funding to families who meet poverty-eligibility requirements.
 
TBI Traumatic Brain Injured
 
Title I A federally-funded program designed to improve achievement at schools with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced priced lunches.  The Title I project services 30 elementary schools, and 3 charter schools in Brevard County and is part of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.
 
TK-1 Transitional Kindergarten/First Grade
 
TKIM Transitional Kindergarten Inventory of Math
 
Transition IEP (Individual Education Plan) - The IEP used in program planning for students in need of transition services, usually ages 14 and up.
 
Transition Services Service that help student move from school to post-school activities.
 
UPS Uninterrupted Power Source
 
VE Varying Exceptionalities
 
VI Visually Impair
 
Vocational Evaluation An ongoing process that identifies a student’s work-related skills, interest, and need for training.
 
VoIP Voice over Internet Provider
 
VPN Virtual Private Network
 
WAN Wide-Area Network
 
Waterford A commercial computer program written specifically for Pre-kindergarten through first grades.
 
WCPM Words Correct Per Minute
 
Wraparound An individualized planning process care plan for a child and family, building upon their strengths and natural supports. Wraparound includes the child and family’s strengths, goals, needs, options, services and safety plans.
 
YAC Young Authors' Conference – day of celebrating student’s writing with a guest author, and sharing of their writing.
 
YAP Youth Advocate Program, Inc. – a provider agency funded by THINK to provide therapeutic mentors and other advocacy services to teens with SED.
 
YRS Year Round School
 

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