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Video Topics

  1. Access to Books
    • My First Books Library Program (ICfL): My First Books targets children from birth to kindergarten who are unlikely to have many books in their homes or have a library card. The program provides a book a month for nine months for each participating child, and My First Books families can participate in a free early literacy workshop. My First Books parents also receive a monthly newsletter, "The Bookworm," which suggests tips and strategies to support early literacy skills at home.
    • Routes to Reading: Books to Go Program (ICfL): The Idaho Commission for Libraries and Idaho public libraries placed Books to Go bins of books at Head Start sites, developmental preschools, child care centers, and home-based child care locations. This allowed parents and caregivers to have convenient, continuous access to pre-packaged books. The bags contained age-appropriate quality books and an early literacy handout that corresponded with the titles.
    • Routes to Reading: Storytime Online and TumbleBooks Programs (ICfL): Many families and child care providers are not able to attend library storytimes. This brings storytimes to them through a parent-friendly website with access to TumbleBooks™ in English and Spanish, daily activities to develop early literacy skills including fingerplays and songs modeled in video clips, and other educational information. The org site is a great resource for Idaho families, librarians, and caregivers. A three-year contract with TumbleBooks provides access to ebooks through every Idaho public library website. Promotional efforts are underway to get the word out about these great resources.
    • Book It Forward! Idaho Voices for Children
    • Open Access eBook Libraries: The International Children's Digital Library, Project Gutenberg, Loyal Books
    • BookShare
  2. Talk About It: Importance of Conversation

ICfL Programs to Build Off

  1. Every Child Ready to Read Library Program (ICfL): Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshop is a series of three 45-minute sessions that involve young children and their parents in learning about early literacy practices that help prepare children to be successful in school. Early literacy practices are highlighted and parents have a chance to practice them with their child. Fun interactive activities, practical tips, and resources are shared during each session. Materials for families and your library are available from the Read to Me program at no cost to your publicly-funded Idaho library. Workshop scripts in English and Spanish are provided.
  2. "Six Skills" Activity Sheets (IcFL):  Print motivation, print awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, narrative skills, phonological awareness (English and Spanish)


IDEA Basics overview video

To ensure that students with disabilities consistently have opportunities to participate in extracurricular athletics equal to those of other students, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the United States Department of Education (Department) clarify and communicate schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) regarding the provision of extracurricular athletics. 

Read more Here.

School Based Medicaid Services

The School Based Medicaid Advisory Committee met on May 7, 2014 to discuss a variety of topics that impact school districts that bill School Based Medicaid. In an effort to keep all interested parties informed on the activities of the Advisory Committee, the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho Division of Medicaid will be posting minutes to the meeting as well as all handouts and presentations. These documents will be located in two locations: 
The Division of Medicaid is offering an opportunity for school districts to submit one student’s Medicaid file for a desk review. Districts choosing to be a part of this great and unique opportunity will submit one (1) Medicaid file between May 12, 2014 – June 13, 2014 per student whose IEP was developed between July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 in order to assure that the new services are reflected. You can get additional information by reviewing the 2014 Quality Assurance Desk Review Process (posted on ITC or SBS websites). 

Idaho School-Based Services (Medicaid)

"Once you know one Medicaid program, you know one Medicaid Program." This PowerPoint presentation goes over the Federal regulations and guidance pertaining to state school-based Medicaid services with a focus on Idaho. 

School District’s have an obligation to determine if a student is eligible for Special Education, then develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) whether the student is Medicaid eligible or not. IEP teams should not be developing IEP’s based on Medicaid Eligibility. IDEA requires that services identified on the Individual Education Plan be delivered based on need not funding source.


History of IDEA and Medicaid 

In 1988 with the passage of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, Medicaid was made accessible to student’s who met eligibility for Medicaid and had an Individual Education Plan in an educational or school setting. 

The Role of Health and Welfare

The Role of the Department of Health and Welfare is to provide oversight of all Medicaid programs in and out of schools. The Division of Medicaid has different units that help administer School Based Medicaid services. The two primary units are:

The Policy Unit whose function is to write state rules and interpretation of those rules.

And the Integrity Unit which monitors compliance with IDAPA rule and can perform audits of all Medicaid billings.


The Role of Local Education Agencies (School Districts)

If a school district desires to bill Medicaid for health related services, the district must apply to become a Medicaid provider. School district are under no obligation to come a Medicaid provider. Services that are identified on the student’s IEP must be delivered, per IDEA, regardless of the funding source.

Each school district is responsible for ensuring that all individuals who will be administering Medicaid billable services follow all applicable rules of the School-based Medicaid program.


Education and Medicaid

The Medicaid program provides support for children who are eligible for special education services and have specific healthcare needs that affect their educational performance and identified in their Individual Education Plan.

Medicaid benefits are allowed in the schools, but can’t be used to provide education. Educational activities are to be delivered using educational dollars. Medicaid dollars are used to assist the student in accessing their educational environment or educational curriculum.


Must be Medically Necessary 

In addition to being Medicaid eligible and having an IEP the student’s needs must also be considered Medically necessary.

What is Medically Necessary? To summarize - A service is medically necessary when it is needed to prevent, diagnose, or treat the student’s condition, there is no other equally effective treatment that is less costly, and the service meets professional standards of healthcare.

Remember that prior to identifying a Medicaid Reimbursable service the IEP team needs to be sure that the service is medically necessary to assist the student in accessing the educational environment or educational curriculum. Since Medicaid is a medical model of service delivery, Idaho has determined that a physician or practitioner of the healing arts is responsible to determine medical necessity in order for the services provided by a Medicaid provider to be reimbursed by Idaho Medicaid. 

A school district or charter school may not seek reimbursement for services provided prior to receiving a signed and dated recommendation or referral for those services.

Created in Partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education


Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.

The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. However, to fully understand these Guidelines one must first understand what UDL is.

The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address representation, expression, and engagement. For each of these areas, specific "Checkpoints" for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions. In addition, Examples and Resources to guide implementation as well as a listing of the Research Evidence are offered for every checkpoint. Learn about the changes in UDL Guidelines 2.0

Taken from the CAST website. Click to learn more and find additional resources: Center for Applied Special Technology

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