The 2016-2017 school year brings my 9th year teaching in the Special Education Department at Shepard High School. I have taught a variety of subjects in this department including Freshman Transitions, Personal Development Skills, and vocational courses. This year I am teaching Foundations of Literacy Workshop, Foundations of English, and Foundations of Math. Prior to teaching high school, I taught elementary school for two years. I earned my M.Ed. in Special Education from University of Illinois at Chicago and have 45 post-graduate hours in transition, and behavioral and instructional techniques.
The goal of Foundations classes is to help students learn to be lifelong learners, who are able to confidently self-advocate, and who have the skills they need to be successful contributing members of their communities. For that reason, the process of learning is the focus, rather than the final grade.
In accordance with the district’s grading policy, students’ grades reflect their mastery of skills taught:
65% of final grade based on Common Assessments - What have I really learned?
20% of final grade based on Other Assessments - How am I doing so far?
15% of final grade based on practice
Common Assessment Re-take Policy:
When students do poorly on a Common Assessment, this simply shows they have not mastered these skills yet and will need to study more or study differently. This may include time during lunch, class, or after school for re-teaching or to develop alternative study aides such as electronic review games, study cards, visuals, etc. Students then have the opportunity to retake the common assessment. Students are always encouraged to take advantage of the accommodations listed in their IEPs. If additional modifications are needed for individual students, those will be provided during the retakes and noted in Skyward.