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Kevin McCormick
Director, Exceptional Student Education
Telephone: 561-434-8626
Fax: 561-434-8276


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Disability History and Awareness Month - October 1-14, 2016

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The School District of Palm Beach County is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).
The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "InclusionWorks."
How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?  Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website:
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National Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Dyslexia affects as many as 15-20% of our population. Dyslexia Basics  (pdf)
Learn the facts and signs of dyslexia. 
For more information visit the International Dyslexia Association website at: 


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The Department of Exceptional Student Education has established the ESE Solution Center. 

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The Department of Exceptional Student Education has established the ESE Solution Center.  This resource is designed to provide an open line of communication for parents, employees and community members in order  to improve customer service.  The ESE Solution Center entails an email link on the SDPBC ESE website as a forum to address concerns and inquiries to be researched and followed up by District ESE staff.  Data collected from this site will be used to drive professional development and technical assistance needs.  This Solution Center will facilitate a more collaborative district wide effort to find solutions more efficiently and result in increased positive outcomes.



Learn more about the new graduation requirements for students with disabilities.

This presentation will provide parents knowledge about the credit requirements and the procedure for deferring graduation 

To view a brief presentation about the School BPIE, click the following link:

School BPIE Overview Webinar
BPIE Online Assessment
School BPIE Assessment Rating Chart

For more information about the School BPIE and how you can be involved in supporting inclusive practices at your school site, please visit the Florida Inclusion Network and explore all the available resources.

If you have any questions or need further support, please contact Dr. Fartun Mohamud, SDPBC Inclusion Specialist, at

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Did You Know?

The School District of Palm Beach County serves approximately 37,058 Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students which include 9,279 gifted students. Eligible ESE students are provided services from birth through age 22. ESE services are available at all public school sites throughout the district.

The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing exceptional students a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local mandates. In keeping with this philosophy, the School District:

  • Provides every exceptional student with an appropriate individualized education program (IEP)
  • Offers exceptional students services that are available to every other student
  • Provides placement alternatives that enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
  • Encourages the participation of parents in the educational process
  • Ensures the right to due process and equal protection under the law

In Florida, students may be determined eligible for the following programs:

  • Intellectual Disabilities (InD)
  • Speech Impaired (SI)
  • Language Impaired (LI)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Visually Impaired (VI)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)
  • Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)
  • Gifted (GIFT)
  • Hospital/Homebound (HH)
  • Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Established Condition (EC)
  • Physically Impaired (PI)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Other Health Impaired (OHI)
    • Orthopedically Impaired (OI)

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The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requ3 students reading books in classires all teachers be highly qualified. ESE teachers must have core content area verification in addition to having ESE certification to become highly qualified. Contact Ernesto Lontoc at 434-8799 for further information or visit this web link:

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ESE Policies and Procedures

Senate Bill 1108: Information on Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilites

The following information will be periodically updated to include all pertinent information regarding the new requirements adopted to the Educator Certification Rule, Rule 6A-4.0051, Florida Administrative Code, Renewal and Reinstatement of a Professional Certificate that requires any applicant for renewal or reinstatement of a Florida professional certificate must earn at least (1) semester hour of college credit or the equivalent of 20 in-service points of training in the instruction of students with disabilities (SWD).

Specific in-service course information will be available through the District's professional development course registration in order assist those impacted by this newly adopted legislation satisfy the requirements. A list of courses will be uploaded to this site by the ESE Department in the near future.

Bulletin and TAP will provide answers to many questions concerning new information on renewal of teaching certificate
School District Bulletin with a link to the TAP  (.pdf)

Memo from DOE

FDOE Memo Renewal of Credit in Teaching SWDs dps 2014_12  (.pdf)

Information on implementation of Senate Bill 1108

SB1108 Implementation Memo dps 2013_105  (.pdf)

Online webinars begin February 9, 2016!

Click here to access the flyer. (pdf)

Participants may choose webinars that best meet their needs. See flyer for registration and information regarding in-service points.

Virtual Learning Opportunities Which Meet SB 1108:
20 In-service Points for Instruction of Students with Disabilities

Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) Online Modules

Facilitated Online PDA Modules

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PDA Catalog

Independent Study Online PDA Modules**

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FDLRS Alpha PDA Online Offerings 2016

Available in eLearning

Teaching Students with Disabilities FAQs

Available in eLearning

Statewide PDA Offerings*

Summer Offerings 2016

Please see registration information on flyer.

Upon course completion, contact Julie Drewes regarding processing In-service points through eLearning.

NEW! Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: Focusing on the Content Areas FAQs

Available in eLearning

**Palm Beach County School district employees who participate in these independent study PDA modules must also be enrolled in eLearning and complete items in eLearning to have inservice points processed in our district. Inservice points will be processed on a monthly basis.

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Additional ESE professional development opportunities for meeting the ESE 20 hour requirement can be found in the eLearning Catalog under ESE 1108.