T.E.A.M.S Training, Education, and Mediation for Students

Training, Education, and Mediation for Students T.E.A.M.S. was started in 2007 by two women with special needs children. Cassie Hubble and Jill Goldsberry discovered that many students in Caddo Parish had school related charges and no one to help them navigated both the school system and the court system.

These two ladies are the first parents in the United States to become court appointed education advocates for the Juvenile Court system. They have over 50 combined years of experience advocating for students that need additional supports in the school system. They are trained in special education law, positive behavior supports, non violent restraint methods for emergency situations and training from the Child Welfare Advanced Institute. Since the conception of T.E.A.M.S. in 2007, T.E.A.M.S. has branched from serving just Caddo Parish, to Bossier Parish and then into Rural Outreach of five additional parishes: Webster, Claiborne, Red River, Bienville and DeSoto Parishes. The focus has shifted from working solely with students “at risk” of becoming involved in the court system to working with students with unique learning needs and homeless students. The focus changed to prevention when results proved that offering students the educational supports they needed before they meet the criteria of “at risk”, kept students out of the court system altogether. The Facts:
It’s reported that Louisiana has the second highest drop-out rate in the nation. Many students that drop-out, have unique learning needs such as mental health, physical, cognitive disabilities and behavior issues. The Solution:
By providing education advocacy, a student has a greater chance of finishing school than if there are no supports. By empowering a parent/guardian and professionals, they understand that students have rights to an education and dropping out is not the only solution. Reducing the dropout rate due to academic deficits, suspensions and behavior issues. Reducing court involvement or possible out of home placement. We want students to be productive citizens and education is the only way to accomplish this goal. We predict that 87% or more of the students will benefit from having an education advocate. Our Services:
Providing support by attending schools meetings (Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 (IAP), Behavior Plan/Positive Behaviors Supports, Hearings, Interagency Service Coordination meetings, and court proceedings. Working with many professionals to coordinate wrap around services so the student has the best support possible to complete his/her education. In Caddo & Bossier Parish, T.E.A.M.S. offers services for students with unique learning needs, are at-risk, or already involved in the court system. In Bienville, Claiborne, Desoto, Red River, and Webster Parishes, T.E.A.M.S. will be assisting a select number of students with unique learning needs and homeless children. is an agency that wants to unify families, schools and communities together to better support students in need! When supports are separated into different pockets, no one is sure of current services received or additional services available to support the student in need. We would like to combine our efforts as service providers in order to build supports for students in your area. We offer training to professionals regarding referral procedures, services offered, and educational advocacy in general. Please feel free to contact our office for any education related questions or to schedule an appointment for orientation. teamsla.org
T.E.A.M.S.
318-703-4315

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Parents, advocates say special ed services for pandemic recovery are hard to come by 05/19/2021

Parents, advocates say special ed services for pandemic recovery are hard to come by

https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2021/05/17/michigan-students-special-education-needs-services/4973607001/

Parents, advocates say special ed services for pandemic recovery are hard to come by Michigan recommended schools provide students with disabilities "recovery services." Parents and advocates say the rollout of such services is uneven.

Betsy Hicks Russ on TikTok 05/07/2021

Betsy Hicks Russ on TikTok

Great idea! I love seeing different ideas that people are using. 💗

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Legislation would give students with disabilities an extra year before 'the cliff' 05/07/2021

Legislation would give students with disabilities an extra year before 'the cliff'

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2021/05/04/nj-legislation-extend-special-education-year-make-up-2020/4894002001/

Legislation would give students with disabilities an extra year before 'the cliff' Lawmakers and advocates are looking to extend special education to let students catch up after 2020 and COVID and prepare for future.

Give for Good raises record $2.3M for area nonprofits 05/05/2021

Give for Good raises record $2.3M for area nonprofits

Give for Good raises record $2.3M for area nonprofits SHREVEPORT, La. - The numbers are in and Give for Good was a huge success for the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and more than 240 area non-profits.

05/05/2021

We received $3,980 in donations! YOU made a difference! We are overwhelmed with gratitude! ❤️

We received $3,980 in donations! YOU made a difference! We are overwhelmed with gratitude! ❤️

[05/03/21]   My child has an I.E.P.
(Involved Educated Parent)

05/03/2021

Donate now for Give for Good. Click the link. Thank you! 🥰
https://www.giveforgoodnla.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation_org&fwID=1418

Donate now for Give for Good. Click the link. Thank you! 🥰
https://www.giveforgoodnla.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation_org&fwID=1418

Sent Home Early: Lost Learning In Special Education 04/30/2021

Sent Home Early: Lost Learning In Special Education

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/04/21/sent-home-early-lost-learning-in-special-education/29301/

This is one of the issues that TEAMS advocates against. Parents often don't know their rights. This is one of them. Don't pick your child up from school unless they are suspended. The school should seek alternatives to suspension first.

Sent Home Early: Lost Learning In Special Education Some students with disabilities have had their school days shortened for months or years, often with devastating consequences.

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William Shaping Autism on TikTok

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeXLxmGn/

This is so well put. An advocates roll is to be a mediator. To help bridge the gap of communication, creating fairness and understanding.

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04/10/2021

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Craw Derby is COMING BACK on Saturday, May 1st!!!

What is Craw Derby?? It is an ALL YOU CAN EAT CRAWFISH and ALL YOU CAN DRINK (beer) event benefiting Dream Hunt Foundation.

THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT, SO BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

No worries if it rains, this event is indoors and at a great location in south Shreveport off Wallace Lake Rd.

Delicious crawfish cooked by The Market Restaurant, as well as great live music and fun times!

Hosted by Wicker Construction, Hemingway West, Nail Tight Construction, La Rousse, Lennard Construction & Remodeling LLC, The Market Restaurant & Dream Hunt Foundation

For more information - check out the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/3pkgjJhqu

Buy your tickets now at www.crawderby.com!

03/11/2021

Please remember TEAMS! Give Day is May 4, 2021

Please remember TEAMS! Give Day is May 4, 2021

02/21/2021

The snow and ice are melting, but not as quickly as we had all hoped.

Bossier Schools and the virtual program will remain closed Monday, February 22 to allow for roads to thaw, enable our principals and maintenance crews to assess and address concerns at schools and give our families an additional day to restore some sense of normalcy at home.

Classes WILL resume Tuesday, February 23. We greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing everyone then!

Timeline Photos 02/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Attention Caddo families, all district schools and sites will be closed Monday Feb. 22. We will shift to virtual instruction on Tuesday for the remainder of the week.

Based on current conditions in our city and parish, basic necessities such as running water, meals and heat on most of our campuses have been compromised. Thank you for your understanding as we pivot yet again for an unprecedented event.

COMIC: How To Raise Informed, Active Citizens 01/27/2021

COMIC: How To Raise Informed, Active Citizens

COMIC: How To Raise Informed, Active Citizens From talking about history to volunteering in your community, here's how to get your kids thinking about what it means to be a good citizen.

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TheSexy0ne on TikTok

Part 2 ❤️❤️
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TheSexy0ne on TikTok 01/27/2021

TheSexy0ne on TikTok

Part 1 she does such a good job ❤️
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TheSexy0ne on TikTok Disabilities don’t define YOU #strong #different #standout #beyourself #proud #disability #artist #trending #citygirls #fyp #trend

01/15/2021

T.E.A.M.S. – T.E.A.M.S. – Training, Education And Mediation for Students

Go check out our updated website! https://teamsla.org/ 🤩

teamsla.org TEAMS is a non-profit organization that advocates for children with special learning needs in the school system. TEAMS empowers and trains parents and professionals to navigate the school system’s education. TEAMS helps to unify home, school, and community, by building a strong foundation for tomo...

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Five Rules for Incredibly Successful IEP Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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12/18/2020

Chromebook Winner Announcement

We have a winner!! Congratulations to Preston Thiels!

12/17/2020

T.E.A.M.S Training, Education, and Mediation for Students

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12/17/2020

Last day to buy tickets. Click the link below to buy your tickets today.
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12/16/2020

TEAMS Chromebook Raffle buy tickets at paypal.me/TEAMS2007 or https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=A6LYUMPQ6JGN6
only 2 days left!

[11/17/20]   Did you know that last school year TEAMS served over 375 children in this area? Yes, we did!

11/13/2020

11.6' Samsung Chromebook raffle. $5 each or 5 for $20.

[11/12/20]   Chromebook Raffle!
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20
Drawing Winner December 18, 2020
Contact the office for more info
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[11/12/20]   Samsung 11.6 Chromebook Raffle
$5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20- Drawing December 18th. Contact our office

carautismroadmap.org 10/09/2020

Inclusion vs. Self-Contained Education for Children on the Autism Spectrum | Center for Autism Research

carautismroadmap.org The idea is not new. Including children with special needs in classrooms to learn alongside typical learners promotes the sense of a welcoming environment for all, where differences are valued and learning opportunities are accessible to all, in every classroom. Depending on where you live, the conc...

slate.com 09/10/2020

The Most Important Thing Parents of Kids in Special Ed Need to Remember This School Year

slate.com Maintaining this perspective can help parents through this tumultuous time.

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12 Apps for Special Needs Children that Prove Technology Isn't All Bad

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Homeschooling A Child With Special Needs

lemonlimeadventures.com Do you have a child with special needs at home? Ever wonder about homeschooling? Can you homeschool your child with special needs? How do you make it work?

latimes.com 08/19/2020

Children with disabilities are regressing. How much is distance learning to blame?

latimes.com California has mandated that school districts continue to provide special education to students with disabilities during the pandemic, but has waived key timelines that allow students to receive assessments and services quickly.

washingtonpost.com 08/07/2020

Special education students are not just falling behind in the pandemic — they’re losing key skills, parents say

washingtonpost.com Parents across the country say the stakes are high if schools do not reopen soon.

08/05/2020

Beyond the Diagnosis - A Place of Hope

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Places for computer and internet services for a low income families - Ark-La-Tex Weekend

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Laura Alderman: A lesson from teens in northwest Louisiana

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