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Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

The next meeting of the Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group is:
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

This month's topic is Technology, Community Colleges, and Students with Dyslexia: A Snapshot of Available Services at Chabot College, and Tech Tools You Can Use Right Now (Many Free!), and our speaker is Nathaniel Rice, Chabot College DSPS Director.

Nathaniel Rice, both a Contra Costa native and DVC graduate, has been assisting students with disabilities for most of his life. After DVC, he attended CSU East Bay (Walnut Creek extension) for a short period, before transferring to Stanford, where he graduated with a degree in English (but somehow ended up working in technology). His educational path was unusual, beginning originally in mechanical engineering, then switching to counseling psychology, but ultimately, as stated, finishing in English. His experience in serving students with disabilities goes all the way back to his time at DVC, where he started with tutoring and reading books on tape. He then moved to working in the high tech lab at DVC, then in the back of the house as a student worker in the Office of Accessible Education at Stanford. Numerous trainings followed, and he became an alternate media production specialist there for 6 years. Since then, he has taken pretty much every training offered through the High Tech Center Training Unit at De Anza, which serves all 144 California Community Colleges. Now, he serves as DSPS Director at Chabot College in Hayward, CA, where he has been for almost the past 8 years, although the first seven and a half were as the Alternate Media Technology Specialist. He says his special talent is “translating geek to English,” so come with your technology question and he will do his best to assist you.

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 4/8/18




Audience: Parent & Community Concerns, Legislative Advocacy, Special Needs, Parent & Community Concerns, Special Needs, Homepage, Homepage and Legislative Advocacy

Join parents, educators, elected officials, and community members on Friday, April 20th, 9am-2pm for the 38th annual PTA Advocacy Day for EducationThis event is hosted by the San Ramon Valley, Las Trampas Creek and and Pleasanton PTA Councils.  We will explore topics related to public school funding in California.

 

Engage in an enlightening discussion and learn how you can make an informed difference!

 

For more information and registration, visit the Event page.

 

 

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 3/13/18




Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

When:  Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
            1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
            (See map - may be hard to find on your GPS)
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com


This month's topic is Introduction to Dyscalculia.  Our speaker will be Julie Holcomb. 

Julie Holcomb served 19 years as a public school educator (14 years in SRVUSD) before going into private practice to serve children with dyslexia.  In private practice, she offers the following:  reading intervention using the Barton Reading & Spelling System; writing intervention using voice-to-text writing and New York Writing lessons; and math intervention using Making Math Real methodologies.  She is one of five dyslexia screeners in the Bay Area recommended by Susan Barton, has led professional development workshops in dyslexia and in the use of the Barton system, and started and supervised an early intervention reading program using the Barton System at a local school.  

Your RSVP to Sandra helps us plan the room arrangements.  Thank you!

 

Future Meeting Dates & Topics for 2017-18 School Year:  

April 12 (Technology, Community Colleges, and Students with Dyslexia: A Snapshot of Available Services at Chabot College and Tech Tools You Can Use Right Now) | May 10  

 


This group is hosted in partnership between the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee and Decoding Dyslexia CA.  It includes parents and educators coming together once a month to offer support, share ideas and resources, and empower each other as we experience the successes and challenges of raising/teaching a child with dyslexia.  It's intended to be a safe place where we can together on a regular basis and freely share what we (and our kids) are going through with others who understand, or who may have overcome a similar challenge and can offer insight or experience.

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 3/5/18




Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

The topic for our December meeting is the Underlying Causes of Dyslexia & Reading Problems with Neuropsychologist Dr. Elea Bernou. 

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Bella Vista Elementary School Library

1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon, 94582

RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

 

Your RSVP helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  
Thank you!

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 11/29/17




Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm
Bella Vista Elementary School Library,
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
RSVP:  Sandra Wicks, sandra.wicks@gmail.com

This meeting is for the kids and adults and will include a demo of Learning Ally, including practice with some of the extra features.  Bring your mobile device (smart phone, tablet, or laptop) and learn in real-time.  If you don't have an account, we'll be able to set you up with a guest account so that you can try it out.  Earbuds or headphones would be helpful, if you have them.

Your RSVP helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  
Thank you! 

 

Future Meeting Dates & Topics:  

  • December 14:  Underlying Causes of Dyslexia & Reading Problemswith Neuropsychologist Dr. Elea Bernou.

January 11  |  February 8 |  March 8  |  April 12  |  May 10
Topics yet to be determined.  We're open to suggestions!

 

To join the Decoding Dyslexia CA email list, go to the email signup page on their website

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 11/6/17




Audience: Special Needs and Special Needs
Posted by: Iris Tessler
Published: 11/2/17




Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

Yes, the SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee is a co-sponsor of Decoding Dyslexia CA's Tri-Valley Dyslexia Support Group that began meeting in January 2017.  This school year, the group is meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30pm in the Library at Bella Vista Elementary School, 1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon.

 

For more information, contact sandra.wicks@gmail.com 

 

At the October meeting, on 10/12/17, the focus will be on self-advocacy – framed around how to talk to your teacher and other adults about what you need to be successful in your learning.  This meeting is intended for both kids and adults. Our guest presenters are Kyle Chan and Raymond Fang, Monte Vista High School students and speech and debate coaches, who have experience presenting self-advocacy camps for students.

Your RSVP to sandra.wicks@gmail.com helps us plan the room arrangements and handouts.  Thank you! 

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: Special Needs, Special Needs, Homepage and Homepage

Pleasanton Adult & Career Education is hosting a Family Information Night on the topic of Transitioning to College with a Learning Disability

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm

Hart Middle School MPR

4433 Willow Rd, Pleasanton

RSVP Required @http://bit.ly/LD-College

Space is limited as the entire East Bay is invited for this rare opportunity.

 

Forget the myths, rumors and assumptions.  Get the facts on what really happens - and doesn't happen - for students with learning disabilities at college, from featured speaker, Elizabeth Hamblet, author of From High School to College:  Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.  

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Posted by: Rachel Hurd, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
Published: 10/3/17




Audience: Special Needs and Special Needs


 

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Posted by: Heidi Ellicott-Pesic
Published: 9/14/17