Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New state, new position

Starting this fall, I will officially be a Colorado blogger. AND, I am moving to High School! I am pretty excited about this change. Not only will it be sunnier (that's a big deal for this Seattleite!!!), but the focus is on life skills, which to me is where the emphasis needs to be as our students approach adulthood/post secondary life.

Yesterday, I spoke to the teacher I will be collaborating with, as well as the program specialist, and got an outline of what my position entails. I am starting a brand new ILS (Intensive Learning Services) program and working with the Autism teacher. As luck would have it, there was only one ILS student this year so we are splitting the Autism caseload.

We will be going out to the community for a 2 1/2 hour block of time every day, doing a variety of different activities related to transition/vocational needs. They will have adapted PE, electives, and 2 classes where we work on IEP goals and objectives/academics. The rest of the time, I am planning/case managing.

I am so excited to be starting this new chapter of my life!


  1. Hi Jannike, it's been far too long but I'm so glad I've found you again - through your comment on someone's Farley's Currently blog post :) This all sounds wonderful for you and I'm so happy. I've recently had the opportunity to work with some young adults with learning difficulties and it's been such an uplifting experience for me. Looking forward to reading more after your summer break. Take care xxx - Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

    1. It has definitely been a while. And thank you for your kind words!I look forward to reading about your new experiences!