COVID-19 Related Information

To try to help families during this difficult time with school closures due to Covid 19, we have added a COVID-19 section to the LTF3 website.

To view the original homepage of the LTF3 website, click here.

 

Local Task Force Zoom Meeting Link

The LTF3 Meetings will now be available on Zoom Meeting, so you can now access the meetings from your computer or telephone!  Thank you, Brian Welles and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for setting this up; we appreciate your support!

Topic: Local Task Force Zoom Meeting Link
Time: This is a recurring meeting that occurs on the first Wednesday of each month
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://paiu.zoom.us/j/199666919

Or join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 199 666 919
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/alogmfj2

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: 162.255.36.11
Meeting ID: 199 666 919

If you have never used Zoom before, or will be using it on a different device, I recommend logging in at least 10-15 minutes early so you have time to troubleshoot any issues and test your settings.  I have found that some of my devices will not allow me to increase the volume enough so I can hear and I always use my laptop for that reason.  You may need to experiment with your device and earbuds/headphones/external speakers, etc. to find the right combination for you.

Also, if you are logging in from a device with a camera but don't want to be shown on-screen, just click on the video camera in the lower left corner of the screen, once you're in the meeting, so a red line appears through the camera icon.  If you are new to Zoom, you'll also want to type your name in, so we can see who is present and who you are when you are speaking.

Lastly, we ask that ALL participants MUTE themselves as soon as they enter the meeting.  Click on the microphone icon on the lower left of the screen so that a red line appears through the microphone.  Otherwise, the background noise from the open microphones will obscure what the current speaker is saying.  Zoom will give you instructions to open your mic, if you'd like to make a comment or ask a question.  You can do that by clicking on the microphone, speaking, and clicking it back off when you're done, or by holding down the space bar continuously while you speak and releasing it when you are done.

I'm sure we'll be working through some technical difficulties our first few meetings, as we'll have to experiment with the room set up, camera/microphone placement, and how we can all work smoothly together through the Zoom interface.  Please be patient with us as we try to expand our meetings to include even more families!

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 6:30 pm, either in person or via Zoom!

Sharon Janosik & Debbie Efkeman
Co-Chairs, LTF3

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Welcome to The Local Task Force on the Right to Education in Allegheny County

Welcome to our website.

PARENT ASSISTANCE LINE (412) 394-5930
A member will answer questions or provide information to the caller concerning special education issues.

IMPORTANT!
The City of Pittsburgh has its own Local Task Force. Their parent assistance hotline number is (412) 323‑3996.

OUR MISSION:
The Local Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County.

MEETING SCHEDULE:
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month except July and August at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offices at the Waterfront in Homestead from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.

HISTORY:
The Local Task Force (LTF) system was established in 1972 as part of the Consent Decree between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the PA Association for Retarded Citizens. The PARC Consent Decree guaranteed a free public program of education for all school-aged persons with mental retardation or thought-to-have mental retardation regardless of their intellectual functioning.

Today the LTF system supports all school-aged persons with all disabilities and their families.

MEMBERSHIP:
The Local Task Force on the Right to Education is open to:

  • PARENTS
  • PROFESSIONALS
  • EDUCATORS
  • AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES

Under the Consent Decree, parents must make up 51% of the membership.

OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Cyclical Monitorings

School districts are audited by the Bureau of Special Education every 5 years. The LTF provides information to the chairperson of the cyclical monitoring team. This information can be commendations or issues and concerns which have been brought to the task force’s attention.

  • Parent Satisfaction Survey

Local Task Forces can initiate a process with school districts to have the school districts disseminate the Parent Satisfaction Survey developed by the 29 Local Task Forces throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Although not mandatory, the school districts can benefit from receiving feedback from the families of sons and daughters who have IEPs. This survey could be done any year except in the school year when the district is involved in their Cyclical Monitoring or Indicator 13 training.  Families can make this request to our Local Task Force 3 through the Parent Assistance Line or in person at one of the 10 public meetings held from September through June.

January 2021 Meeting Agenda

DUE TO COVID-19 WE WILL BE HOLDING THE MEETING ENTIRELY ON THE ZOOM PLATFORM

 Please note that the ZOOM meeting link will be the same for the entire 2020-21 school year.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/99112011232

Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,99112011232# US (New York)
+13017158592,,99112011232# US (Germantown)

Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232
Find your local number: https://aiu3.zoom.us/u/ab29Syg5SL

Document: 

Special Education Scholarship Availability, Resources for Veterans

Robert Morris

In this issue:

  • Thank you! Special Education Conference Success
  • Did you know about the Trees Scholarship?  
  • Supporting Students With Intensive Needs 
  • Resources for Educators and Families 

Special Education Conference Success!

Though we weren't able to come together physically, on Monday, October 12, more than 200 educators from across Pennsylvania gathered on-line to participate in RMU's inaugural special education conference, presented by the Education Department and the department's Trees Network. Sessions included presentations on engaging parents and students virtually, trauma informed care, equity in special education and much more. Participating educators were able to earn continuing education credit. Save the date for our next conference, Monday, October 11, 2021! 
 

Trees Scholarship Students  

Did you know the Trees Network provides scholarships to first-year students studying special education at Robert Morris University? Trees scholarship students provide services to families and participate in experiential learning opportunities. 

This semester's students have worked with assistive technology, creating visual schedules and communication boards for local students, helped produce the first annual Trees Network special education conference and so much more!

The RMU Trees Network Student Scholarship is a highly competitive $5,000/year scholarship available to full-time freshmen students pursuing special education teacher certification. Scholars will dedicate 10 hours a week per semester to the Trees Network.

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains a 3.25 GPA, maintains full-time status, and demonstrates satisfactory performance to the RMU Trees Network.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • achieved a high school cumulative GPA greater than 3.50
  • demonstrate a strong desire to work with students with intellectual disabilities and their families
  • been accepted to RMU and placed a deposit
  • not a recipient of any other half or full scholarship (i.e. honors, WLMP, or athletic)

Applications are due by February 15th. For information on the Trees Scholarship or other education programs, contact Dr. Vicki Donne. 

Supporting Students With Intensive Needs 

During Spring 2020, educators quickly adapted to providing interventions and collecting data virtually despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents were critical partners in supporting opportunities for students with intensive needs to practice and receive feedback and sharing what was working and when changes are needed. During Fall 2020, educators are providing virtual, in-person, and hybrid intervention with an ongoing need to engage with and support parents and families. While the context and environment may have changed, the focus on providing high-quality interventions with validated practices, monitoring student progress, and adapting and intensifying supports based on student data continues to be applicable across virtual, in-person, or hybrid models.

Click on the header to find resources from the National Center for Intensive Intervention organized by topic area. Many of these resources were developed by educators participating in a community of practice in spring 2020. They include example lessons, implementation videos, tip sheets, and data collection strategies.  ​

Robert Morris University salutes our veterans. For ADA-related information relevant to those who have served, click here. 
 

Resources for Educators & Families 

 

OSEP Guidance for Early Intervention 
RMU Trees Network Resource Database
Post-Secondary Transition Planning Guide  
Building Engagement With Distance Learning
PAttan: Family Resources for Complex Learners
Protecting Student Privacy and Advancing Digital Equity
 

Copyright © 2020 Robert Morris University Dept of Education, All rights reserved.
 

Getting Prepared for Your Parent-Teacher Conference When Your Child Has an IEP

From  McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C.

Airing Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at Noon via our electronic newsletter, The MLO Minute!

School has “opened” in a whole new way, and with fall already here, parent-teacher conferences are around the corner. Join Jennifer Grobe, Esq. and Kimberly Caputo, Esq., attorneys in our Special Education Department, for some “Tricks-and-Tips” to get prepared for the parent-teacher conferences for a student with an IEP. Participants will leave with concrete take-aways to better understand student progress, student assessments and how to ask for support and change for your child.  

Specific questions regarding this topic can be emailed ahead of time to mcandrewslawoffices@gmail.com by Monday, October 26th by 5:00pm. If you have received this edition of The MLO Minute, your email account is already in our electronic database. Feel free to let others know to email mcandrewslawoffices@gmail.com to be added to our MLO Minute newsletter distribution list if they do not currently receive our newsletters.

We are here to help during these trying times. Contact us today by clicking here!

 

October 2020 Meeting Agenda

DUE TO COVID-19 WE WILL BE HOLDING THE MEETING ENTIRELY ON THE ZOOM PLATFORM

 Please note that the ZOOM meeting link will be the same for the entire 2020-21 school year.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://aiu3.zoom.us/j/99112011232

Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,99112011232# US (New York)
+13017158592,,99112011232# US (Germantown)

Dial by your location
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 991 1201 1232
Find your local number: https://aiu3.zoom.us/u/ab29Syg5SL

Document: 

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