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4 Reasons to Make the Switch to Automated Data…

IEPs function as a support service that helpspecial education students achieve their learning objectives. They are detailed outlines of lessons and goals designed around the needs of each student.

Although these learning environments have fewer students per teacher and more individualized attention for each student, special educators spend a large amount of their time and resources on collecting data to monitor progress and evaluate student achievement. From developing IEP documentation to analysis of student insights, special education is extremely data rich and its data can now be managed digitally – speeding up internal processes for educators, caregivers and parents.

Data collection on paper might have worked in the past, but education is changing and being able to analyze accurate insights of your students’ learning progress is key in helping them achieve their academic goals. It is now time to join the movement from manual to automated data collection for IEPs.

Some are still skeptical and, understandably, one of your first questions is going to be, “Why should I shift into automated data collection software?”

1. An instant and automated data collection system
No more making detailed notes and calculating by hand. Manually skimming through every row of data on a traditional spreadsheet is now a thing of the past. With special education data collection software, collated student data is filtered and graphed instantly, making it much easier for educators, caregivers and parents to evaluate student progress insights.

2. More time to focus on what really matters – the students
Every teacher wants more valuable time to work on the academic development of their students and using an automated data collection system can buy them just that.With consistent notifications for analysis updates, teachers can stay on top of all their students’ IEPs and make any alterations needed on the spot.

3. Avoid mistakes and aim for accuracy
Manually adding information and numbers to a spreadsheet means that you risk having errors in your data. Data is key and is extremely important to the success of students with learning disabilities, and it’s only fair that your students get the most out of their time with you. Put simply, academic professionals can confidently rely on automated data collection tools like Datability to ensure that they don’t miss anything when it comes to analyzing student progress and keeping them on the right track.

4. Helping students and the environment at the same time
Say goodbye to the mountain of student data and papers. Easy data collection for special educationeliminates the need for filling in forms for each individual student feedback with a pen and paper. Over time, these stacks of paper end up collecting dust in the corner and needing to be shredded, which isn’t very eco-friendly at all. Not only do special education data collection apps help you come up with better baseline data and more efficiently, but it also does our natural environment a favor. Win-win.

To sum it up, easy data collection in special education opens a path to accurate, hassle-free student progress analysis for educators.

Analyzing data can be difficult and students and teachers alike often struggle to make progress in all areas and skills. This is why having a clear overview of where students show their strengths and weaknesses, and making data-based decisions is key when it comes to increasing the chances of meeting student goals.It alsogives educators and parents a better idea of how their students adapt to different subjects and situations, and encourages them to make the most out oflearning results to best meet the needs of each student.

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Advisory Board

Michael Radicone MsEd Creator of Datability

Michael Radicone is a special education Teacher, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist, as well as a parent and peer trainer in the Oceanside Union Free School District, Oceanside New York.  He graduated with his Master’s in Education from Long Island University, CW Posts’ Competencies in Autism and Special Education (C.A.S.E.) program and began his career working with students with developmental disabilities at the Ascent program in Deer Park, New York.  After years in the private school sector, Mike was hired to create a self-contained classroom program for students with developmental disabilities in the Oceanside school district. It was here that he applied the data collection techniques learned in his years as an ABA therapist to the public school system.  He also began to use the data he collected to determine if his students were ready to be mainstreamed into the typical classroom setting. Mike was asked to replicate his program in the middle school where he remained for 4 years. More recently, Mike was asked to create a new program in Oceanside’s alternative high school, Castleton Academy to bring students back, or keep them from going to, out of district placements.  

Mike has presented at a number of conferences and venues on a wide variety of topics.  In 2008, and 2009, He lectured at the Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism Association of New York’s conference on the use of data in mainstreaming students.  In 2012, he addressed Oceanside’s board of education on the importance of alternative education as well as the need to accept younger students into the program. In 2014 and 2015, Mike presented at the New York State Alternative conference on integrating positive psychology in education.  Most recently, he presented his data collection iPad application, Datability ©, to the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators.

Mike is the recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award from the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (PTA) for his work with children and young adults with disabilities, his dedication to the special needs community, and the development of his social network for special needs families, eSpecialMatch.com.

Denise Radicone –Senior Director of Benefits

As Senior Director of Benefits, Denise manages the administration of all employee benefits including health, welfare, retirement plans and fringe benefits.  Denise is responsible for developing and executing new programs, as well as implementing strategic improvements to existing benefit policies.  She has extensive knowledge and experience in developing and implementing new systems as a means of both streamlining processes and taking advantage of technology to eliminate paper.   Denise provides direction and leadership to three other Benefits professionals in the Office of Human Resources.

Denise has 20 years of Human Resources experience with 18 years in benefits administration.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY after three years of undergraduate studies.

Debra Kienke –Superintendent of Special Education, Oceanside UFSD

This July, the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education, or NYCASE, has named Debra Kienke, the Oceanside School District’s director of special education, as 2017’s Special Education Administrator of the Year.

Kienke was selected for the honor out of a pool of special education administrators from across New York State, according to a release. “There is no question that she is perceived as a leader among leaders,” school Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who nominated Kienke for the award, said.

“Deb has established a high level of trust and respect with a wide variety of constituents. Her strong interpersonal skills and vast knowledge and expertise regarding special education at all levels add to her success in implementing programs and supports for students with disabilities,” Meg Schlegal, a co-president of NYCASE said in a statement.

Kienke has been credited with creating a vocational lab at the Oceanside Middle School and community-based job sites for high school students with the purpose of preparing students with disabilities for employment after college.

In addition to being named Administrator of the Year, Kienke has served as a president of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators, as well as the South Shore Consortium.

Meredyth Martini –Director of Special Education, Malverne UFSD

Meredyth Martini, the director of special education for the Malverne School District, was nominated for Special Education Administrator of the Year, a prestigious distinction bestowed upon one individual in the state by the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Martini, who was honored in Saratoga Springs at the organization’s Summer Institute, was among a select pool of highly qualified and highly regarded nominees. She was nominated by Superintendent Dr. James Hunderfund.

“She is an advocate for every child, ensuring that they receive the education and support that they need and deserve,” Hunderfund said. “She has served the children of Malverne with grace and excellence.”

NYCASE, affiliated with the National Council of Administrators of Special Education, is a professional organization of special education administrators dedicated to advocacy on policy issues that benefit students with disabilities and their families and providing professional development and networking for its members.

Leonard Achan

Leonard Achan, RN, MA, ANP, is a healthcare executive, entrepreneur and artist. He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the world’s leading institution for musculoskeletal health. Mr. Achan has over 18 years of executive and academic healthcare leadership experience in a variety of roles spanning clinical, operational, digital, strategic communications, branding and business development. Prior to joining HSS, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Global Communications, Branding and Reputation at the Icahn School of Medicine while concurrently serving as Chief Communications and Access Officer at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Mr. Achan is also co-founder and Chairman of Quality Reviews, Inc. RateMyHospital.com and serves on boards of private and nonprofit organizations, most recently being appointed to the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. He is also a contributor to Forbes and Huffington Post. Leonard Achan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, a Master’s and Nurse Practitioner degree from New York University, Post Master’s certification in Administration from Villanova University and he is also an alumni and Fellow of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Achan shares his wealth of knowledge locally and abroad as a lecturer and has taught at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business as well as internationally, at the City University of Hong Kong, The University of Macau, the University of San Carlos and was recently made an Honorary Senior Naval Professor in the Philippines. In his private life, he is a contemporary artist, is married with two children and resides in Nassau County, NY

Joe Pospisil – Vice President, Centro       
Joe Pospisil is Vice President of Client Development for Centro.  He oversees a team of over thirty five sales executives.  Joe and his team are responsible for educating and assisting current Centro clients, as well as increasing the adoption of Centro’s technology and service offerings throughout media agencies and brands in the Northeast.

Prior to joining Centro in the fall of 2009, Joe was the Director of Digital Sales for Sportsnet New York (SNY) and The New York Mets.  He is responsible for Verizon’s customized sponsorship of Metsblog.com – the largest independent sports blog on the web, as well as several exclusive and custom digital executions with Hershey Park, Pepsi, Great Wolf Lodge, Delta and more…

Before SNY, Joe was the Senior Manager for Digital Sales Development at CBS Radio and helped to oversee national digital sales for over 150 radio stations.  Joe graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Communications and holds an MA in Media Management from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business.

Timothy M. Mahoney

Timothy M. Mahoney received his Juris Doctor Degree from City University School of Law in 2002 and his B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999, where he studied Sociology and Music Composition. He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York as well as the Federal Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He represented school districts as an associate with Frazer & Feldman from July, 2004 to April, 2007. He was in private practice from 2007 to 2010 handling matters involving civil litigation, commercial claims, copyright and entertainment law, and representation of students with disabilities in IDEA and student discipline hearings. From 2012-2016, when he became associated with the firm, Timothy served as an Impartial Hearing Officer in New York State, hearing due process challenges in matters involving classification, placement and tuition reimbursement pursuant to IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, and as a hearing officer with the New York City Environmental Control Board. Since his return to Frazer & Feldman, Timothy’s practice has concentrated in the area of special education, including impartial hearings and appeals, and representation of our public school district clients at Section 504 and CSE meetings, student discipline hearings and manifestation determination meetings.

He has lectured for LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues for Educating Individuals with Disabilities, the National Business Institute and at the Nassau County Education Law Committee on the topics of student discipline and students with disabilities, IEP development, bullying and students with disabilities, and regarding the rights of transgender students in public schools. Timothy has co-authored a number of articles with Laura Ferrugiari of our firm, published in the Nassau Lawyer, the law journal of the Nassau County Bar Association, including “Transgender Students in Schools: a Shifting Spectrum of Gender, Identity, Biology, and Expression” (July 2016), “Permissible Drug Use: The Administration of Medication in the School Setting” (April 2016), and “Endrew F: The U.S. Supreme Court’s New Standard for Students with Disabilities in Practice” (July 2017). 

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Privacy Policy

Last updated: August 20, 2014
 
DEMBRY LLC (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the Datability mobile application (the “Service”).
 
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Terms of Service (“Terms”)

Last updated: July 21, 2018

Please read these Terms of Service (“Terms”, “Terms of Service”) carefully before using the Datability mobile application (the “Service”) operated by DEMBRY LLC (“us”, “we”, or “our”).

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the Service.

Accounts

When you create an account with us, you must provide us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your account on our Service.

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under your password, whether your password is with our Service or a third-party service.

You agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You must notify us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

You may not use as a username the name of another person or entity or that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trade mark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than you without appropriate authorization, or a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene.

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The Service and its original content, features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of DEMBRY LLC and its licensors. The Service is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both the United States and foreign countries. Our trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of DEMBRY LLC.

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Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by DEMBRY LLC.

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We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that you visit.

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We may terminate or suspend access to our Service immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.


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We may terminate or suspend your account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms.

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These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of New York, United States, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.


Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding our Service, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.

Datability/DEMBRY LLC Confidentiality and non-Disclosure Agreement


The User agrees to keep their ID and Password secure, and accessible to only themselves.

The User agrees not to share their User ID or Password with anyone including but not limited to 1:1 paraprofessionals, classroom paraprofessionals, student teachers, interns, other teachers or parents.

The User agrees that if their ID or Password is compromised in any manner, they will inform the central office immediately.

The User agrees to use discretion to ensure confidentiality with regard to when and where Datability is accessed. (Screen not visible/Log out when done)

The User agrees to treat the information in Datability as they would any other IEP

The User agrees not to disclose the contents, screens or workings of Datability/DEMBRY LLC in any manner to anyone not employed by the district or not authorized to access the program.

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BIG Things are Coming!

Hi Everyone,

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but rest assured we’ve been busy over at Dembry LLC.  We are currently working on a web based version of our app.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter 

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Welcome to The New Datability

We have some exciting news to share.  Datability has moved to a subscription based service bringing greater stability, more secure backup, and many new features.   Join us at our upcoming webinar to learn more. 

 

 

Topic: Mike Radicone’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Sep 14, 2017 3:30 PM Eastern Time 

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/208888249

 

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14157629988,,208888249# or +16465687788,,208888249#

 

Or Telephone:

    Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)

    Meeting ID: 208 888 249

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=fM0YOKFQlrQsW_3jbeeXnUBfcyjp6Kbf

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Meet Our New Partners

We are proud to add the Wantagh and Rockville Centre school districts to the growing list of schools using Datability as their monitoring and analysis solution.

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Welcome To The New Datability

Welcome to the new Datability.  We have added a ton of new features as well as many back end modifications to help improve your experience.  Some new  features include:

  • Organize your students into classes
  • Receive push notifications
  • Link multiple devices under one account