WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that the district’s special education services will be evaluated by a third-party entity, Walker Consulting at the Walker Trieschman Institute.“[The Walker Trieschman Institute] is committed to improving outcomes for children and adolescents with disabilities by supporting the effectiveness and efficiency of services and settings in schools…,” explained Brand. “Under a structured approach, Walker Consultants will collaborate with our district to tailor their approach to our particular context and implement their data collection and analysis activities in a manner that is both respectful and fair.”“Walker Consulting will engage with students, staff, administrators, and families in data collection activities that include document reviews, observations, individual and group interviews, and surveys,” continued Brand. “The Consultants will analyze both quantitative and qualitative data in the development of their findings, perspective and recommendations.”The evaluation is expected to take begin around March 1 and be completed in mid-May.The final report will be made available to the public and its results will be presented at a future School Committee meeting.Alice Brown-LeGrand, the district’s Director of Student Support Services, selected Walker Consulting, in part, due to its recent evaluations of the Attleboro Public Schools, Watertown Public Schools, and Georgetown Public Schools. Walker Consulting is currently working with the school districts of Fall River and Wareham.The district is obligated to conduct a third-party evaluation after its completion of the state’s Coordinated Program Review.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
China on Friday scolded the United States for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations. The US and its allies have in recent times sent planes and warships to the area for `freedom of navigation` operations, intended as a signal to Beijing of their right under international law to pass through the waters claimed by China.China on Friday scolded the United States for sending naval vessels close to disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations.The US and its allies have in recent times sent planes and warships to the area for “freedom of navigation” operations, intended as a signal to Beijing of their right under international law to pass through the waters claimed by China.The USS Chancellorsville guided missile destroyer on Monday entered waters off the Paracel Islands, known as Xisha in Chinese, said People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre spokesman Li Huamin in a statement.Aircraft and warships were scrambled, sending out warnings for the American vessel to leave the area.”We urge the US to strengthen the management of its vessels and aircraft that pass by Chinese territory to prevent unexpected events,” Li said.China has also lodged a diplomatic complaint with the US, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular press briefing, calling on the US to “immediately stop such provocative actions that violate China’s sovereignty”.The Paracels are claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.China claims nearly all of the South China Sea though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it.Further angering those countries, and the US, Beijing has moved aggressively to build up reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.It was the second US naval operation to irk China this week.On Wednesday, two US ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait — which China considers its territory but the US and others see as international waters open to all — prompting a furious Beijing to send warships and fighter jets.This was the third such operation this year, including one last month which prompted a diplomatic protest.The naval tensions come just ahead of scheduled talks between US president Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend aimed at softening trade tensions.