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Extended Learning Program Strategic Initiative Plan Goals

ELP Action Plan Goals for Iowa Educational Services for Blind and Visually Impaired and Iowa School for the Deaf

 

#1: After identification of ECC needs, at least 33% of all students served by IESBVI in each AEA will participate in one or more Extended Learning Program event(s) each year.

#2: IESBVI will utilize Technology to enhance Extended Learning Programs and improve communication.

#3: IESBVI will collaborate with other service agencies to expand career exploration opportunities and offer more joint transition services, activities & supports.

#4: IESBVI Summer camps will be scheduled no later than September 30 of the previous year.

 

Since 2012, IESBVI has collected and analyzed data showing student progress on IEP goals that focused on Expanded Core Curriculum skills.  We recognized that many of those skills are challenging for our teachers to address as they work with students individually.  In an effort to support ECC skill building, the Extended Learning Program offered a larger number of events statewide. 

Prior to the 2016-17 academic year, our Extended Learning Program team established specific action plans which challenged staff to host activities or events in their region, based on the number of students served.  For example, an AEA with 95 students served by IESBVI staff would have a goal of three events offered, while an AEA with only 27 students would be expected to host only one event. This geographic-based programming goal resulted in 4 of 9 AEAs offering more programs in 2016-17 than they had in 2015-16 (see Figure 1).   We also found a decline in the total number of participants from 2015-16 to 2016-17 (see Figure 2).

For the 2017-18 academic year, staff statewide were challenged to consider their caseloads in a different way.  Our goal was to have 33% of the students we serve participate in at least one Extended Learning Program event.  As a result, 7 of the 9 AEA increased their participation rates, with three regions already meeting the goal of 33% (see Table 1).  Our unduplicated count of participants increased in 6 of the 9 AEAs with statewide totals increasing from 130 to 151 (see Figure 3) and the total number of programs held increased from 37 to 53 (see figure 5).

We can help more students.  We can reach more areas of the state. But we are moving in the right direction!

 

Extended Learning 2017-18 Graphs (June 1, 2017 - May 21, 2018)

 

Figure 1

Total Extended Learning Opportunities Available to Students in Regional AEA

Extended Learning Program Events Offered and Participation Rates by AEA for 2016-17 and 2017-18

Table 1

Extended Learning Program Events offered and Participation Rates by AEA 2106-17 and 2017-18

 

AEA

Programs Offered

2016-17

Programs

Offered

2017-18

Percentage Participating

in ELP 2016-17

Percentage

Participating in ELP 2017-18

Keystone

2

6

22%

29%

Central Rivers

3

4

12%

13%

Prairie Lakes

1

0

22%

19%

Mississippi Bend

0

2

10%

16%

Grant Wood

5

2

17%

21%

Heartland

6

9

18%

15%

Northwest

2

2

33%

44%

Green Hills

2

5

25%

32%*

Great Prairie

3

5

22%

33%

*Total students served increased in late spring 2018, dropped rate below 33%

 

AEA 1 (Keystone) = 6 Programs - 12/42 (29%) students participating from the AEA/students served

AEA 267 (Central Rivers) = 4 Programs - 8/60 (13%)

AEA 8 (Prairie Lakes) = 0 Programs - 7/36 (19%)

AEA 9 (Mississippi Bend) = 2 Programs - 13/79 (16%)

AEA 10 (Grant Wood) = 2 Programs - 23/111 (21%)

AEA 11 (Heartland) = 9 Programs - 33/217 (15%)

AEA 12 (Northwest) = 2 Programs - 18/41 (44&)

AEA 13 (Green Hills) = 5 Programs - 22/68* (32%)

AEA 15 (Great Prairie) = 5 Programs - 12/46 (33%)

*Students added to caseload in May dropped rate below 33%

 

IBSSS Campus = 18 Programs - Total 151/699 (22%)

 

Figure 2

Number of Program Registrations

2015-16 = 423

2016-17 = 359

2017-18 = 444

 

Figure 3

Student Participation by AEA (Unduplicated Count)

2017-18 = 151 Students

2016-17 = 130 Students

2015-16 = 133 Students

 

Figure 4

Participation in Extended Learning Programs by Grade

PK & K = 17, 1= 7, 2= 8, 3 = 12, 4 =7, 5 = 20, 6 = 8, 7 = 15, 8 = 10, 9 = 9, 10 = 14, 11 = 7, 12 = 9, 12+ = 8

 

Figure 5

Total Extended Learning Opportunities Available to Students

2017-18 Planned Programs = 60

2017-18 Actual Programs Held = 53

Canceled programs due to low registrations or scheduling conflicts = 7 (2 Summer, 2 Weather, 1 Rescheduled for Fall, and 2 Low Attendance)

 

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