Having fun while creating social stories at Assistive Technology Open House
Jana Girvan, Assistive Technology/Augmentative Communication Specialist (center), created a Pictello presentation about the new Assistive Technology (AT) center. Pictello is an AT tool that is used to create social stories (video modeling) for kids to create presentations. Pictello is an easy way to create, playback and share visual stories and talking books.
For more information: AssistiveWare
Bringing Books to Life
The children attending the Early Childhood Special Education class recently had a tour of Logan’s Market in Redmond. The class has been reading, ‘I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie’ and talking about various types of foods. The kids also learned the nursery rhyme, ‘To Market To Market’ and practiced shopping. At Logan’s Market, they counted their pennies, weighed their food items, and made their purchase. In addition to shopping, they were given a tour. Thank you Logan’s Market!
Spotlighting Central Oregon Regional Vision Production Center
Mary Engle, Renee O’Grady, and Linda Rau, our three skilled and specialized Vision Program Assistants are responsible for many duties, from working directly with students to materials adaptation.
One of these specialized skills is the volumes of materials produced daily in a variety of formats for students across our Central Oregon School Districts. They use a combination of high tech programs to scan, translate and emboss braille or large print. They provide everything from content material such as Science, Literature, History to sight word lists, and spelling lists. Tactile graphics include books for preschool students, the Periodic Table for Chemistry, Geometry, Math, or maps. These ladies can do it all!
Having fun while learning
Teacher of Excellence in Driver Education awarded to Kathy Levine
Kathy Levine, Driver Education assistant manager, was recently awarded ‘Teacher of Excellence in Driver Education’ through the Oregon Department Traffic Safety Education Association. Kathy said, “Driver Education is my passion and I love it. I have been working for HDESD since 2008 and have loved every minute of it. It is such a wonderful feeling when you are working with kids and trying to help them understand something, then all of a sudden “BING,” understanding shines through and then they start demonstrating it correctly. It is a great feeling to watch them succeed and feel good about themselves.” Congratulations Kathy!
What is the High Desert Education Service District?
HDESD is a publicly-funded agency that partners with local school districts to provide high-quality, cost-effective and locally responsive education services at a regional level. These services range from business, legal, and administrative support to school improvement efforts and special education programs.
What types of services do we provide?
Services for Children with Special NeedsWe partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.
School Improvement ServicesWe provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortiums, grant projects, and student programs.
Administrative ServicesWe support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.
Information ServicesWe offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.
Our Central Oregon School District Partners
- Jefferson County 509J School District
- Black Butte School District
- Culver School District
- North Central Counties School District
- Harney Education Service District
- Jefferson Education Service District
- Grant Education Service District
- Lake Education Service District
- Southern Oregon Education Service District
- Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District