The Franklin SEPAC periodically makes donations to the Franklin Special Education Department as well as other local efforts to assist or raise awareness about children with special-needs. Contributions include:
Best Buddies of Franklin:
In June of 2012, Franklin SEPAC motioned to donate $500 to the Franklin Best Buddies ChapterBest Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Franklin chapter of Best Buddies is a treasured part of our schools' special education programming.
In June of 2012, Franklin SEPAC motioned to donate $500 to the "Franklin Fish" Special Olympics Swim Team. A team of children eight years and older who swim at local Special Olympics swim meets. Metals are awarded, a very rewarding experience for children and their families!
Franklin Special Education Department:
In June of 2012, Franklin SEPAC motioned to donate $500 to the Franklin Special Education Deparment. The Franklin School System is welcome to put these funds toward any programs or supplies to benefit out town's special-education programming
The FranklinBest Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD
Kennedy Playground Committee:
At our September 2012 meeting, Franklin SEPAC proudly donated $500.00 to the Kennedy Playground Committee. We feel strongly supportive of their efforts to create a play structure that is inclusive for students of all abilities. The J. F. Kennedy Parent Communication Council has started an initiate to replace the deteriorating playground at the elementary school with a new inclusive playground that offers a mix of components that encourage children of all abilities to play together. An Inclusive playground balances physical accessibility, age and developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating play to create fun for individual exploration and group play.
To find out more about the playground, and show your supprt, please visit www.KennedyPlayground.com.
In 2011, Franklin SEPAC donated $1,000 to supplement special education programming in Franklin towards the purchase of Co:Writer. Co:Writer is a word prediction software that will allow students in 6 of our 10 school aged buildings to access this valuable assistive technology. A single license for this software is approximately $335. The Franklin SEPAC would like to donate $1,000.00 to allow the district to purchase 3 licenses.
The Co:Writer has 6 Features:
- Topic Dictionaries– Click to activate access to hundreds of pre-made Topic Dictionaries from topics ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Jane Goodall.
- Personal Dictionaries– Quickly add words and phrases that pertain to you: the names of your school, your best friends, your street address, or terms from your favorite hobby.
- Linguistic Word Prediction– This is the only word prediction program to use the context of a whole sentence to predict the next word. This provides the most accurate prediction available – crucial for your most struggling writers.
- FlexSpell– If students spell elephant like “lfnt”, they will benefit from FlexSpell. It turns around the most egregious spelling errors.
- Word Bank– Helpful for students with writer’s block, this automatically presents a list of topic-specific words whenever a Topic Dictionary is selected.
- Speech Anywhere– Highlight text on-screen and Co:Writer will read it back to you.
For more information, go to www.donjohnston.com/products/cowriter.
Donation voted on and unanimously approved at May 18, 2011 meeting. Donation was subsequently made.
Unique Learning System:
In 2010, Franklin SEPAC donated $1,200 for the purchase of Unique Learning System. This program is standard-based curriculum program designed specifically for students with significant disabilities. Unique Learning System units are based on Science and Social Studies Topics.
The Franklin School System was in need of three Unique Learning System grade level bands: Elementary (grades K-2), Intermediate (grades 3 - 4) and Middle School (grades 5 – 7). The Franklin SEPAC donated the funds to cover the purchase of the entire system.
Features of the Unique Learning System:
Lessons are based on Science and Social Studies topics
Reading, writing and math activities are built around this topic.
There is a 3-year cycle of new topics.
Complete list of this year’s topics are on the front page of the ULS web page.
Monthly Thematic Units:
Each month a new thematic unit contains all the materials needed, including leveled reading books. The units are centered on a science or social studies topic and incorporate reading, writing, math, science and history.
Unique was not adapted from a regular education curriculum. It was designed from the ground up for students with special needs. All of its activities and goals were created with special learners in mind.Unique Learning System is the ONLY online, dynamic, standards-based curriculum specifically designed for special learners.
Align to State Frameworks:
ULS is based on Instructional Targets that align to Unique Learning System aligns to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the MCAS-AltThese targets provide the direction for standards-based instruction, alternate assessment processes and IEP goal attainment.
Lesson plans within the Unique Learning System include a section defining “differentiated tasks.” These differentiated tasks are based on three levels of learning for students with significant cognitive disabilities. These differentiated levels assure that all students have an appropriate means of demonstrating knowledge and skills in instructional activities. They provide guidance on how to include ALL students in the same activity, different levels of expectation.
Level 1 students, who require maximum support
Level 2 students, who require some support
Level 3 students, who show the potential to learn and have the greatest amount of independence.
All information taken from uniquelearningsystem.com
Donation voted on and unanimously approved at June 16, 2011 meeting. Donation was subsequently made.