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  • ​​Blind & Visually Impaired/Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Learning Behavior Specialist II/Director of Special Education​
  • Speech Language Pathologist

 August 2017

Special Education Stakeholder groups have continued their work into month three. On August 1, 2017, early childhood special education experts, including teachers and professors, met via phone and in person at the Illinois State Board of Education to finalize recommendations to the Early Childhood Special Education approval.  Discussion continued regarding updating distribution areas, testing considerations, and special education standards.  Stakeholders from both the Blind and Visually Impaired and Deaf and Hard of Hearing field also met August 1 via phone conference to discuss results from the survey that was conducted.  Members suggested extending the expiration date of the survey to accommodate those individuals, specifically in the BVI field, that may not have had an opportunity to complete it.  The group determined that further analysis would be done, with a formal recommendation to be made during the September meeting. The LBS1 Stakeholder group met via virtual meeting with ISBE as host on August 3rd.  There were six members present. Robust discussion continued in regards to standards, field experience, hiring issues, and potential recommendations for LBS1 grade band specific endorsement. The team chair assigned next steps for the early September meeting in which members will finalize recommendations to be presented to ISBE.  On August 7, the LBSII and DSE group met via virtual meeting to discuss a tiered approach option and what those requirements would look like for each tier. The team chair updated working documents to help formulate recommendations. A follow up August 30th meeting is scheduled to ensure final recommendations will be ready for submission. All stakeholder groups will work on a final recommendation over the next month and will submit written recommendations to ISBE by September 30, 2017.

 July 2017

During the month of July, Special Education stakeholder groups met individually to continue work examining current special education area requirements and structure.  On July 5, the LBSII and Director of Special Education group acknowledged a disconnect in administration requirements as well as a concern that LBSII endorsements should be more marketable to the field of educators.  Their work continued with an end of the month virtual meeting on July 25, which they used their time to outline potential requirements for the Director of Special Education endorsement. The early childhood special education group discussion included updating distribution areas, testing considerations, and special education standards.  The LBS1 Stakeholder group met via virtual meeting with ISBE as host on July 7th.  There were ten members present. The team chair added documents to the shared site pertaining to CEC Field Experience and Clinical Practice Standards, and the group discussed language around field experience to potentially be added to the recommendation for the grade-band specific endorsement.  The group discussed many of the CEEDAR state leadership team recommendations surrounding LBS1. At the next meeting in early August, discussion about endorsement recommendations will continue. On July 11th, stakeholders from the Blind-Visually Impaired, as well as the Deaf-Hard Hearing field met via phone conference to continue discussions revolving around licensure requirements for the BVI and DHH fields.  Stakeholders concluded that a poll should be created and submitted to the field to gauge their belief in the existence of a shortage in the field and whether change in ISBE requirements would help to alleviate it.

 June 2017

On June 9th, 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education hosted the Special Education Stakeholder Group meeting. Groups were divided into content specialty groups, including Early Childhood Special Education, LBS I, LBS II, Director of Special Education, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and Blind or Visually Impaired. Professionals and experts from these fields joined together to begin the first of four meetings this summer in which licensure requirements will be re-examined. At the first meeting, members discussed field experiences, internships, requirements for educators adding the endorsement, and the differences between approvals and endorsements. State and national standards were discussed in relation to licensure requirements. Members also discussed shortage areas in the state of Illinois. Recommendations were made to add additional members to the team with diverse experiences in these fields.

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