Charms Collaborative Updates
January 2016 Executive Director Updates
Charms staff is actively involved in two major initiatives.
Trauma Sensitive Classrooms and Meeting the Social Emotional needs of all students
Improving Transitional Procedures
Student Driven IEP meetings
Self Determination Skills
Alternative Learning Program and Vocational/Life Skills Program currently have three students utilizing services from both programs with an additional student to start diploma track options in late January.
Vocational/Life Skills Program has transitioned a student from volunteer opportunities to a paid position at Sports Authority with job coaching.
Students from Multi Skills I and II and Vocational/Life Skills are volunteering at the Old Colony YMCA and in the Charms Administrative Office. Students are matched up with jobs that are of interest to them and meet their skill sets.
February 2016 Executive Director Updates
Charms Collaborative Agreement Amendment
Charms Collaborative Fund Raising at Bertucci’s in Canton
Charms FY16 Survey Results
Meeting Youth Mental Health Needs in our Communities
Alt Ed and Voc Ed at CHS
Professional DevelopmentNovember 8, 2016
Morning Session: Dr. Robert Brooks
Afternoon Session: DMH Presentation
March 2016 Executive Director Updates
Bertucci’s fundraiser on March 16, 2016 was successful. Students and staff attended for lunch during the day. Staff and families attended for dinner and “Musical Bingo” during the evening hours. We will have a check for our 15% within a few weeks. Money has been designated to funding our participation in the Special Olympics on May 19.
Multi-Skills Programs are currently meeting with Patty Mason as part of the program review. Staff consultation and observations are scheduled through the end of the March and early April. Ms. Mason will have a report ready for the next Board meeting in April and is happy to come to present her findings.
Program brochures and packets are in process. Students from the Vocational/Life Skills Program will be assisting and will also plan to deliver completed packets to each neighboring school district in the near future.
Referrals continue to come in for a July 1, 2016 start date. We have secured one Boston student for the Vocational/Life Skills Program. Two more referrals are considering our programs for July 1.
Referrals for high school students requiring more restrictive then a public school setting have steadily come in.
New Brockton referral started March 14 in the Multi Skills II Program.
Staff from each of our programs did a panel presentation for the Charms Operating Committee on March 8, 2016. Representatives from Stoughton and Sharon attended and were able to hear first-hand what is happening in our programs. We are planning to do a larger forum later in the spring for all neighboring district special ed directors and out of district coordinators.
Trauma Committee continues to meet to discuss procedures and plan professional development for our staff. Trauma sensitive schools is a national trend and evidenced based practice in over-coming barriers to support student engagement. We are building a systems approach for organization philosophy, operational tools for teachers, and student participation. We are seeing a higher incidence of students with trauma being referred for our programs due to the on-site health services availability and staff knowledge and ability to work with these students to provide a safe learning environment. We have collected data that indicates that our students have fewer absences, less incidences of aggression and negative behaviors, are able to participate more in academic learning, and achieve better outcomes.
Transition Planning Updates:
Charms Collaborative is going to be a guest on Community Forum on the Stoughton Media Access Channel (SMAC). The show highlights local guests and interests around the area. The show will be taped on April 28th and will be available on SMAC’s You Tube channel and will air on channel 9 in Stoughton on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 6pm; Tuesdays at 5pm and Mondays at 8pm once the show is edited. The panel will be an array of Charms staff and they will be speaking about the great things that are happening such as the Special Olympics, transition planning, health and wellness, and our trauma informed care.