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The Virtual Cooperative: Using Technology to Connect Schools to Special Education Resources. Susan Fread Albrecht, Ed.D., NCSP Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education Director, Virtual Special Education Cooperative Ball State University November 9, 2006. Who we are.

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the virtual cooperative using technology to connect schools to special education resources
The Virtual Cooperative:Using Technology to Connect Schools to Special Education Resources

Susan Fread Albrecht, Ed.D., NCSP

Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Director, Virtual Special Education Cooperative

Ball State University

November 9, 2006

who we are
Who we are
  • Authorization
    • Ball State University
    • LEA for Indiana’s charter schools and the university laboratory school
  • Population
    • 35 charter schools, one laboratory school
    • 951 students with disabilities
    • All eligibility categories except dual-sensory impairment
joints services and supply agreement
Joints Services and Supply Agreement
  • School responsibilities for services
    • Day-to-day needs
      • Teachers
      • Curricula
      • Equipment
    • Funding
      • state funds for students with disabilities
      • general funds
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VSEC responsibilities for services
    • Administrative oversight
      • Compliance: Federal statutes and state regulations
    • Accountability
      • December 1 student count
      • Grants
    • Funding: federal funds for students with disabilities
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Related services
    • Speech/language therapy
    • Occupational and Physical therapies
    • Psychoeducational evaluations
  • Extenuating needs
    • Teacher of Record (TOR): HI, VI
    • Adaptive equipment
    • Transportation to Indiana School for the Blind and Indiana School for the Deaf
    • Residential placements
using technology samples included
Using technology (* samples included)
  • Direct communication in administrative procedures
  • Professional development workshops
  • Face-to-face conferencing with staff and parents
  • Screening assessments
  • Multi-site collaboration
administrative support
Administrative support
  • Case conferences
  • Electronic IEPs
  • Document access, storage, and transfer
  • Website
    • VSEC manual of process and procedures
    • Pillars of Support *
  • iLocker *
  • Advisory Board meetings *
professional development
Professional development
  • Live interactive broadcast, live video streaming, and archived video streaming
  • Bi-monthly therapeutic services staff and quarterly psychological services staff meetings *
  • Mini-modules: VSEC and state procedures *
  • Formal methodology training
direct services staff and student support
Direct services: Staff and student support
  • Staff consultation
  • Mentoring
  • Discussion and focus groups
  • Screening assessments
    • To determine the extent of need for more formal assessment
    • Progress monitoring
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While “Virtual” in name, the staff members are certainly “visible” in their presence in person and through technology.

Innovative uses of technology have streamlined time and travel commitments of the 13 full-time staff members while providing timely and quality services to schools located throughout the state.

contact us
Contact us

www.bsu.edu/teachers/ovsec

  • www.bsu.edu
  • /teachers
  • /ovsec