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Coaching and Consultation Staff Directory
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The goal of coaching and consultation services is to improve outcomes for ALL students by helping educators build and sustain best practices in instruction, assessment, and teaming. Through collaboration, consultation, professional development, and technical assistance, NSSED's coaches provide the link from research to practice. In the words of Jim Knight, “We see a coach as a thinking partner for teachers, and coaching as a meeting of the minds.”

NSSED's coaches are individuals who have specialized knowledge in research-based practices and innovative programs and strategies. Our team members have years of experience working in districts in the northern suburbs of Chicago and have been successful in supporting schools to improve student outcomes.

When accessing NSSED's Coaching and Consultation services, you can expect that a specially trained staff member will work with you to 1) identify needs, 2) set goals, 3) implement a plan of action, and 4) evaluate outcomes. Coaching and consultation can target needs at the individual student, classroom, school, or district-levels. Our coaches approach each collaboration and consultation as a partnership. When coaches and staff interact together equally and as partners, the outcomes are maximized. These services are designed to support and compliment the instruction and services that students are receiving in their home schools and communities. The ultimate goal is to increase the capacity of the educators that are receiving the coaching to meet the academic and behavioral needs and improve the outcomes of ALL students.

↓ Autism


NSSED Autism Coaches provide workshops, on-site training, technical support and coaching on researched-based interventions and best practices in order to support and empower school teams to improve outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A collaborative team approach is used so we can maximize our student’s fullest potential regardless of the difficulties they may face in learning communication and language, academics, social-emotional skills and independence.

NSSED Coaches have expertise and experience in:
• Program Development
• Program Evaluation
• Accurate Individualized Assessment
• Implementation of researched-based curriculums, instruction, interventions and supports
• Data Collection and Analysis
• Successful Inclusion Planning

For further information, please contact:
Lindsay Kiraly
Coordinator for Professional Development and Coaching
847-831-5100 x 2415

↓ Academic/RtI

Instruction and Assessment / Response to Intervention

NSSED provides leadership in best practices in instruction and assessment for all students. Our experience with team based problem solving, data based decision making, and research based instruction stretches over the last two decades. NSSED continues to provide high quality consultation and technical assistance to districts in their implementation of RtI.

Coaches are available to participate in school and district leadership teams, design intervention and assessment systems, evaluate program effectiveness, provide individualized training and support, and consult with individuals leading the district's RtI initiative. NSSED coaches have direct access to nationally recognized experts in the field, state-wide implementation networks, the latest research, and knowledge of how other districts are implementing in the area. Whether you are in the initial stages of your implementation or making adjustments to your system for maximum effectiveness, the NSSED RtI coaches can help.

NSSED's RtI coaches have expertise and experience in:
• Research based instructional strategies and interventions at Tiers 1, 2, and 3
• RtI for reading, writing, math, and behavior
• Assessment for screening, analysis, and progress monitoring
• Success RtI implementation at the secondary level
• Effective instructional leadership
• Effective process of systems change
• Direct Instruction techniques and methodologies
• Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)
• Differentiation of instruction in the classroom setting
• Universal Design for Learning
• Aimsweb

For further information, please contact:
Heather Miehl
Director of Curriculum and Support Services
847-831-5100 x 2235

↓ Behavior/PBIS

Behavior and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

NSSED's coaches and consultants are available to assist teams to develop and implement proactive and positive school-wide behavior supports as well as support teams who are struggling to meet the needs of individual students who are engaging in challenging behaviors.  These supports and services are grounded in evidence-based theory and practice and are designed provide effective and sustainable positive behavioral supports.  Coaching and consultation is available at each level of the school system including the district, school, grade, classroom, or individual student levels.

NSSED coaches have expertise and can provide assistance with:
• Program Development and Evaluation
• Behavior data management and evaluation system
• School wide implementation of positive behavior supports
• Bullying prevention
• Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training
• Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
• Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) development
• Family Therapy strategies and techniques
• Implementation of the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards
• Transition planning between school placements
• Effective classroom management techniques

For further information, please contact:
Heather Miehl
Director of Curriculum and Support Services
847-831-5100 x 2235

↓ Low Incidence Support

Low Incidence Support

Please check back soon for more information about our Low Incidence Support.

For further information, please contact:
Heather Miehl
Director of Curriculum and Support Services
847-831-5100 x 2235

↓ Partnership

Partnership Coaching and Support

NSSED's coaches and consultants are available to assist school teams and family partnership groups to develop and implement effective School, Family and Community partnership plans. These supports and services are grounded in the evident-based theory and practice of the National Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. NSSED is a member of the National Network of Partnership Schools. Coaching and consultation is available at each level of the school system including the district, school, grade, classroom, or individual student levels.

NSSED coaches have expertise and can provide assistance with:
• Partnership Program Training
• Creation of Action Teams for Partnerships (ATPs)
• Development of Partnership Action Plans
• Facilitation of Partnership Team Meetings
• Adaptation of existing parent involvement work to partnership model

For further information, please contact:
Susan Hans
Coordinator, School, Family and Community Partnerships
847-831-5100 x 2228

↓ Assistive and Instructional Technology

Assistive Technology

Students with and without identified disabilities can struggle in school with reading, writing, math, organization, communication, physically accessing the computer and other materials, and mobility. Assistive technology (AT) can be used to help students overcome these challenges and be successful in the classroom. AT consultants are available to conduct assessments for individual students in order to identify the technology that meets their specific needs or to provide consultation on individual students on how best to utilize the technology that is already available to them. AT consultants are also available to provide coaching to educators on how to address the needs of a small group of students who are struggling or even how to design the learning environment so that all students can participate to the greatest degree possible.

NSSED assistive technology coaches can assist with:
• Supports for reading, writing and math
• Technology to support organization
• Supports for communication and participation
• Training on various software programs and Apps
• Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation
• Implementation of existing technology tools
• Evaluating individual students to determine AT needs
• Physical access of the learning environment

Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology refers to technologies that are used to enhance teaching and learning. Technology in education has become critical to facilitation of learning and improvement of student performance. Rapid changes in instructional technologies provide a challenge for schools and educators to stay current with the trends and best practices in the field. NSSED's instructional technology consultants provide expert guidance to educators to assist with identifying the right tool to meet their needs and maximizing the tools that are already available in their classroom.

NSSED instructional technology coaches can assist with:
• Interactive white boards
• iPad and iPod Touch implementation
• Identification and evaluation of apps
• Software selection and implementation
• Universal Design for Learning
• Technology to support differentiation and core instruction

For further information, please contact:
Carol Michels
Integrated Technology Support Coordinator
847-831-5100 x 2254

↓ Transition

Transition Consulting and Support

NSSED’s transition consultants provide direct support to families and children to best ensure they are connected and supported by agencies and the community post graduation. Students within NSSED Programs receive transition consultation as a part of their IEP. Our member district are supported through transition consultation services to their existing educational programs. All transition consultation is created in collaboration with the full Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. These supports and consultation are based on best practice in transition planning for student with disabilities. (See The Taxonomy for Transition Programming under Resources.)

NSSED consultative services include:
• Vocational Program Development
• Transition Assessments
• Governmental Agency consultation (Dept of Rehabilitation Services)
• Job Development
• Job Coaching
• Networking with Community based agencies
• Life Skills Instruction
• IEP Development
• Family Education regarding Transition

For further information, please contact:
Danielle Carter
Administrator, Educational and Life Skills Program
847-831-5100 x 2416