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3/2/2015

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You do so much in a day! You help students with core subject areas using Unique Learning System. You help students with language, comprehension, and connections with the world using News-2-You, but you do so many extra tasks as well!

n2y created eXtras to help you with the many areas throughout the day that require symbol-supports. eXtras free materials page at n2y.com houses a growing collection of professionally created, symbol-supported materials  
that we share with you for free! 


 

Communication/Behavior

Behavior and communication are undeniably linked. Time on task
with engaging 
Communication or chat boardcurriculum and activities is step one, but if you need some additional supports for communicating and addressing behavior, see if one of these might help!

 

Fine Motor

Holding, tracing, pinching, buttoning, opening a locker door, tying-fine motor skills exist throughout the school day! Use this growing group of activities for school or home practice.

 

Gross Motor

Individual gross motor activities and small group activities
can incorporate language, symbol-supports, and many group
directions. Access these pieces for on-screen or offline use
to help kids move!


                                               parachute activity






Lunch rules


Classroom Engineering

Engineered spaces aren't new, but these SymbolStix-supported materials are clear, consistent, fun, and helpful in the environment. Yes, they speak, and they are printable as well.


Fun Stuff

We couldn't resist adding a category of fun materials that
can be used by students, parents, and educational staff to connect using humor, fun, praise, and pure enjoyment. 


All of our collections will grow over time! In March, ten new pieces will be added each weekday for the first two weeks. See what you need? Love what you see? Snap a quick photo and tag us on Twitter or Instagram @n2yinc!

 

eXtras free materials are just one of the ways we thank you for all of the extra effort you use each day! We hope you love eXtras!



For more information about n2y's Unique Learning System, News-2-You, SymbolStix or professional training, contact support@n2y.com or call us at 800.697.6575. 


newsletter  february 2015

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Transition Planning

New Online Format Available! 

Transition Planning is designed as a data collection center for Middle School, High School and Transition students and is now available in an online format inside Unique GPS!  

Keep all student assessment records and provide a summary of student preferences and goals with this tool!

The Transition Planning area is a fantastic data collection center for tracking student success and dreams for the future. The tool assists students and their service providers in identifying personal preferences in various areas, which include: Vocational, Community, Personal Life, Lifelong Learning and Daily Living.


Take a Look at the New Transition Planning
FREE Webinar!

Come explore how to collect student-driven data to write successful transition plans.

Click here to register


Skill Tracking Tip
Skill Tracking Tip #8

Add Students & Skills to Groups
 
Students and their skills can be added to groups from the Profile, Benchmark Assessments and Transition Planning areas. To add a new student to a skill, select "Add individual to a skill tracking group" from the Track Skill button.

The Track Skill button is located in the student's Profile Details and is also on the Benchmark Assessment administration page.



After adding a student to a skill tracking group, select the group you wish to add the student to. You can also create a new group from this area.


Click HERE to Get All 10 Skill Tracking Tips


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news-2-you spotlight

Keep It Current with News-2-You
 
Are you taking advantage of the abundant resources provided each week in News-2-You? Breaking news articles are added to the website daily and enrichment activities are provided weekly to enhance the content of the current issues online.


Breaking News
News-2-You has a special area for quick articles that cover current events in World, Sports and Entertainment News. Each week, these articles are added to and can serve as additional news coverage activities in the classroom or at home. 


Enrichment Activities
Each weekly article is supported by more than 50 activities to enhance content understanding of the news topic. Activities are provided in
an iDoc format, with
text-to-speech and interactivity in order to help practice standards-based skills across different subject areas.


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the latest from symbolstix

Winter and snowfall provide great opportunities for different outdoor activities and vocabulary!

Search SymbolStix ONLINE for snow words such as: make snowball, snowball fight, snow fort, or hit by a snowball. We have cold weather clothing too, like boots, hats, and snowsuits. Search for weather-related chores too! We all have to do them. Why not talk about them with SymbolStix! Find: clean off car, shovel snow, and even snow blower! 
 
 
Stay warm and have fun out there! 

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n2y eXtras
Need some FREE, fun and interactive materials for your classroom?

n2y has responded to your requests!  We have created n2y eXtra’s, an interactive collection of materials for you to use, which include:
Click here for eXtras!
 
  • Communication and Behavior Tools
  • Classroom Engineering
  • Fine Motor Activities
  • Gross Motor Activities
  • Fun Stuff 
 
Please take a moment and explore n2y eXtras!  Let us know what you like or would like to see us add. We look forward to hearing your suggestions!

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FREE February Webinars!

Live, Open-Forum Topics

n2y will be hosting live webinars open to the public during the month of February.
 
The webinars will provide an open forum to discuss trending topics in Unique Learning System, News-2-You and SymbolStix ONLINE.
 
Topics include: 
  • The New Number Journal and Mathematics Guide
  • Taking a Look at Transition Planning
  • Reading With Unique Learning System and News-2-You
  • How Do You Work With Level 1 Learners?
And more!
 
Upon completion, all LIVE webinar attendants will receive a certificate for attending the entire session.

Click here to view the schedule and register.


Can't make one of the live sessions?
Don't worry! n2y will be hosting an archived version for viewing at your convenience. Check back to the n2y Training Site for recorded webinars from these scheduled events.



Teaching is social!

Everything about education requires us to connect with colleagues, students, parents, and the community! Those connections help us serve our students better through communication, information, and mutual growth! Be social with us!
  


We're on Twitter @n2yinc for quick news, announcements and fun tweets.

Like Facebook better? We're there too, for n2y and SymbolStix.

Check out Instagram @n2yinc if you are more visual.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


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newsletter  january 2015

Unique Science Fair in Collier County | Click here to view the gallery of photos from the science fair.
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Unique Science Fair
Students Become Scientists for 2nd Annual Unique Science Fair


Interactive Number Journal

Now Supporting January's Math Activities!
Number Sense, Math Story and Algebra Monthly Lessons

The Number Journal is an interactive companion to the Mathematics Guide designed to help students achieve their differentiated task expectations virtually, assist in working out problems or create additional practice problems on specific math skills.
 
Click the Number Journal icon on the top right to open. 











Or access the Number Journal within the Teacher Reference Materials / Instructional Tools / Math Journals.
 

skill tracking tip
 
Skill Tracking Tip #7
Benchmark Testing Performance

The Group Tracking area reports the Benchmark testing performance of a defined group of students and is associated with a designated targeted skill. Group tracking provides a view of each student's performance in the Benchmarks, which assess targeted skills. This allows for quick data interpretation and identification of students in need of support. Detailed performance information can be gathered by clicking on the student name above the graph.


To access your groups, click Group Tracked Skills from the GPS and select the group from the Groups tab on the left. Click on a skill to view the intuitive graphs.


Click HERE to Get All 10 Skill Tracking Tips


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news-2-you spotlight

New Craft Activity - Online NOW!

A new craft activity is available in "The Elephant Sanctuary" paper. The craft activity will be included in the first newspaper of each month until the end of the school year. The craft will follow the same format as the recipes and science activities, including a list of items needed, a teacher note with additional information, and step-by-step instructions with symbol support.

Open the craft activity from the Worksheets section of News-2-You, below the weekly science experiment.






Send us your feedback!
News-2-You wants to hear how the craft activity has impacted your classroom.

Email us your thoughts by clicking this link.


Flat Joey Visits the White House

Ashley Davis, from McDowell County Schools, shares her classroom's display from Flat Joey. Joey went to the White House and President Obama hosted him for the day. Davis' classroom received a big package in return with pictures and a letter. Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

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the latest from symbolstix

Happy Birthday SymbolStix!
10 Years of SymbolStix

 
Coming in 2015...Happy Birthday SymbolStix! Ten years of SymbolStix as a set of symbols! Look for celebrations throughout the year, including new symbols, new functions and more fun!

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Goals for the New Year

It’s that time of year again. Time to make a New Year’s resolution.  Making a New Year’s resolution is a great therapy activity.  Having students identify a need and set a goal to achieve it can improve self-confidence and provide an opportunity to advocate for themselves. 
 
Play the Goal Game
Create a sentence starter strip.  The strip can be one
for the group or one per person depending on preference.  Using the 12 Place template located in SymbolStix ONLINE, create symbolized options for resolutions (exercise, read a book, eat healthy).
Add other options that would not make viable options for a resolution (meet an alien, climb a building, etc.) Before the game begins, define resolution, or goal, for the students.  Have the students take turns filling in the sentence starter strip with a resolution choice.  Then encourage a discussion to decide if it would be a viable resolution.
 
What Is Your Goal?
Unique Learning System provides materials that encourage conversation and goal setting.  In the Core Materials Section, Unique offers the My Goal activity.  This activity encourages students to evaluate what skills they can do and those that they would like help with.  My Goals
includes a communication section that may be of particular interest. 
For students who are in the High School and Transition grade bands the Transition Planning area, located in the n2y GPS also addresses goal setting.  Transition Planning now includes an online version and communication abilities in various settings are addressed.

Enjoy reflecting on past skills and setting goals for the future! 

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n2y has a variety of online training videos to assist you with Unique Learning System, News-2-You and SymbolStix ONLINE.

Click here to go to the n2y Training Site!



upcoming events...

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ATIA Orlando  -  January 28-31  - Orlando, FL http://www.atia.org
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Providing Access to Standards Based Curriculum

Date: 1/29/15

8:00 to 9:00 AM

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Connecting to Educational Standards with Interactive Lessons and Data
Date: 1/30/15
9:20 - 10:20 am
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Supporting Highly Mobile Students with Traveling Data

By Amanda Borer

 

The road map for highly mobile children can be difficult to manage, especially when it comes to ensuring a quality education to our students with disabilities. Highly mobile children include those students who experience frequent family moves into new school districts, such as military children, children in foster care and homeless children. The periodic educational changes present many challenges to our students learning abilities and can be a data tracking nightmare for the educational team.

 

The coordination involved in assessments and exchanging records for highly mobile students must be prompt, as it is critical to the student’s educational needs. This prompt exchange is supported under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates that all children with disabilities receive required special education and related services in a timely manner.[1]

 

 

How can Unique Learning System support highly mobile students?

Unique Learning System’s data collection center, Unique GPS, provides an array of formative and summative assessments designed specifically to support students with significant disabilities. GPS stands for Goals, Preferences and Skills.  While each student’s goals, preferences and skills are unique and the most important factors contributing to educational success, the educational team must continually measure, monitor and adjust instruction to assure that the individual student is optimally participating and making progress within the educational program. The educational program must also have a common format for identifying, assessing and directing a student’s goals, preferences and skills.

The assessments in Unique GPS provide a platform of continuity for special education staff – common assessments, common language, common goals. With this commonality, the educational team can gather meaningful data to drive instruction and chart progress within the Unique Learning System curriculum framework.

 

 

What happens to data collected when my student moves?

The GPS is designed to capture data on students that will travel with them throughout their academic years. As students move from one grade level to the next, the data collected will remain in the same student profile, allowing teachers, parents and other members of the team to view progress over time and have one consolidated picture of the student’s academic history.

The data travels with the student as they advance through the grade level bands.

 

Additionally, the GPS allows student data to transfer from one district to another with the simple press of a button. If a student is transferring to another location that uses Unique Learning System, administrators can request n2y support to move all of the student’s data into the new account, which takes a matter of minutes.

With Unique GPS, there is no need to compile folders or records of information – everything is electronic and in one place. If you oversee a highly mobile student and use Unique Learning System, you can get ahead of the game by becoming familiar with the process for managing students in the GPS and the steps to transferring a student to a new location when ready.

 

1.    Managing Students & Data Fidelity

Teachers and administrators can learn more about managing students in the GPS with this quick video tutorial:

 

2.    GPS Records Release Form

Administrators can download a records release form for transfer of student to another district. The present school must complete the form, obtain parental consent and send to n2y support for student transfer.

 

 

3.    n2y Customer Support

Contact n2y’s customer support team to transfer a student or receive more information about this process.

Toll Free: (800) 697-6575

Email: support@n2y.com

 

[1] Highly mobile children with disabilities are also protected by two other Federal laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), which prohibits disability discrimination by entities, such as public schools, that receive Federal financial assistance (29 U.S.C. § 794, 34 CFR part 104); and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which prohibits disability discrimination by public entities, including public schools, regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance (42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, 28 CFR part

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/12-0392dclhighlymobile.pdf


 

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NEW! Interactive Number Journal

The Virtual Companion for Unique's Math Lessons

 

The Number Journal is now available within Unique Learning System's January lessons. The interactive number journal activity is included in all Number Sense, Math Story and Algebra lessons, for grades Preschool through High School. It is an interactive companion to the Mathematics Guide designed to help students achieve their differentiated task expectations virtually, assist in working out problems or create additional practice problems on specific math skills.
The Mathematics Guide is located in the Teacher Reference Materials / Instructional Guides.
 
To access the interactive math journal, launch the interactive document for the monthly lesson by clicking on the orange icon next to the lesson number.




Click the Number Journal icon in the top-right to open. 














The number journal opens in a different tab, allowing your student to practice math skills simultaneously with a monthly math lesson. 

 

 


 

skill tracking tip

 

Skill Tracking Tip #6
Create Groups to Track Skills on Subsets of Students

Use the Group Skill Tracking area within the Unique GPS to view the progress of specific skills for identified groups of students. The Group Skill Tracking area can be used to track progress toward Student Learning Targets or to track progress in subsets of students for any grouping combination, such as morning and afternoon classes or by differentiated level.



To create a new group, select Settings under Group Skill Tracking.

Add a new group with the Add Group button. Enter the group name, then add students and skills to the group. You can add as many grouping combinations as needed in the GPS!



Assessments that track the selected skills on each of your students will display on the graphs in this group report.



Click HERE to Get All 10 Skill Tracking Tips

 


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news-2-you spotlight

 

Happy December!

Please remember that News-2-You will only publish three newspapers in the first three weeks of  December. The first paper of 2015, "The Elephant Sanctuary", will be available one day early, on Wednesday, December 31, due to the New Year's Day holiday on Thursday, January 1.

 


 

Get Crafty with Current Events

Coming in January - NEW Craft Activity

 

A new craft activity will be included in the first newspaper of each month until the end of the school year. The craft will follow the same format as the recipes and science activities, including a list of items needed, a teacher note with additional information, and step-by-step instructions with symbol support.


Look for the craft activity in the January 5 paper, "The Elephant Sanctuary", which goes online December 31. The activity will be included at the end of the Worksheets, following the science activity.

 

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the latest from symbolstix

 

Need some additional symbols to complement holiday lessons and activities?

Try searching SymbolStix ONLINE for all holidays.  Examples: holiday, sit on Santa's lap, letter to Santa, Nutcracker, dreidel, menorah and many more! Search for Christmas to get an entire Christmas collection of SymbolStix! 

 
   

 

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Quick Therapy Ideas for a Busy Month 

 

Routines are difficult to keep at this time of year. There is excitement in the air. Many recitals, parties and events are happening. Time to plan for therapy is limited. Check out these quick and fun therapy ideas. Use visuals to improve attention to targets.

 

Falling Snow

Have students cut a circle into a spiral. Hold the spiral in the center to create the falling path of the snowflake. Download the snowflake symbols from SymbolStix ONLINE, print them out, and let students choose which snowflake they would like to attach to the end of the spiral path.


Add articulation words to the spiral and have students follow the falling snowflake and pronounce each target word as they go. To target language, have students come up with sentences about the snowflake and write them on the spiral. To target fluency, have students practice easy onset by having them slide their finger down the spiral as they speak.
 




Run, Run Rudolph

As we know from the News-2-You newspaper, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV Special is celebrating its 50th year. You can download and print out Rudolph from SymbolStix ONLINE! To allow Rudolph to stand, cut him out, leaving a two-inch long rectangle below his feet. Fold this rectangle piece backwards. 

Open and print the last page of the Phonemic Awareness Guide, located in the Unique Teacher Reference Materials / Instructional Tools. The visuals included in the Phonemic Awareness Guide can be used in a similar manner as the above. Allow students to move Rudolph to the next square once a target is reached. Phoneme blending and fluency can also be targeted using the purple visual. Have Rudolph slide as the target is produced. Check out the Vocabulary and Word Study guides in the same section for additional visuals.

 

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upcoming events...

 

Stop By and Visit

ATIA Orlando  -  January 28-31  - Orlando, FL

ATIA Presentation Schedule for n2y:

Providing Access to Standards Based Curriculum

Date: 1/29/15

8:00 to 9:00 AM

Curacao 7/8

 
Connecting to Educational Standards with Interactive Lessons and Data
Date: 1/30/15
9:20 - 10:20 am
Curacao 4

 

 


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