I would suggest looking this up on YouTube if you are interested in seeing the thought process behind it.
Today I also gave a presentation along with one of my colleagues, Kelsey Thomas, to members of the Department of Education in Ireland, and representatives of the National Council of Special Education. The presentation went extremely well because we were all able to discuss differences and similarities that we have in special education practices. Something that I found very interesting was there reevaluation system for students receiving services. In the U.S. we review each IEP annually, and also a full reevaluation every three years unless it needs to be done prior to the three years. Whereas in Ireland they could do a full evaluation on a student at 4 ( which was the example they gave us) and they don't reevaluate them until they leave the "special school" at age 18. They gave us a recent example about a student who was evaluated at the age of 4 and was told he had a disability, was placed in a special school and when he got reevaluated at age 18 before he left they found no disability in the child. The child could have possibly left the special school and been a part of mainstream school had he been reevaluated within a few years of initially being told he had a disability. The members from the department of education found the system we used for this fascinating. This is what was so great about this presentation and discussion that happened after because we were all able to learn from this and we were both able to see where our education systems could improve. I look forward to learning more on the trip as we head to Limerick tomorrow and head to Mary Immaculate College.
To end our day we went to Curran's restaurant where we had a German waiter and watched Danielle do the moonwalk to a Michael Jackson song. They played a lot of his music like Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Billy Jean, and Beat it. It kept us entertained.
After dinner Dr. Estes, Dr. Aliaga, and I took our last walk back through Cork to the accommodations. The city of Cork at night is very lively, yet peaceful environment. I will be very sad when we have to leave Cork tomorrow morning. It just means the trip is getting closer to an end, but I think I'll skip the plane and stay here; I'll fit right in. Hopefully Dr. Aliaga doesn't realize I'm not on the plane :)
Goodbye for now!
Slán leat (goodbye in Irish Gaelic)May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
-The Irish Blessing
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