Friends of Different Learners is an independent organization of parents, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!

2017-18                     MEETING SCHEDULE            

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
BPS Specialized Instruction Vision & Focus 2017-18: Overview by the Superintendent and Department of Specialized Instruction & Student Services (SISS)

OCTOBER 5, 2017
Third Grade Reading Bill: Roles and Responsibilities of Parents and Administrators

NOVEMBER 2, 2017
Too Anxious to Learn: Addressing Anxiety both at School and at Home

DECEMBER 7, 2017
Friends Night Out 
Bird and the Bread, Birmingham

JANUARY 4, 2018
Standardized Testing Preparation and Accommodations

JANUARY 27, 2018
Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses at Groves H.S.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018
MTSS: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: What Does That Mean? Clarification by the BPS SISS Department

MARCH 1, 2018
Co-teaching: How Does That Work? Clarification by the BPS SISS Department

APRIL 12, 2018
Mediation, Facilitation, Supports and Resources & Student Self Advocacy

MAY 3, 2018
Preventing Summer Slide: Resources and Tips for Keeping Your Student on Track for the Next School Year

JUNE 7, 2018
Wrap up 2017-18 & Plan 2018-19!

Meeting and Location Information

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (with a few exceptions - see schedule).
  We start with a brief business meeting followed by the guest speaker and topic presentation.  Informal networking opportunities are available after every meeting to share ideas about how to help our different learners and to learn from each other.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Birmingham Covington School (BCS)
1525 Covington Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301
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June 7, 2018 

7:00 PM
Birmingham Covington School (BCS)
1525 Covington Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Wrap Up 2017-18 & Plan 2018-19

Please join us for a brief review of what we have accomplished this past year. Then help us to plan next year's meeting schedule. Do you have an idea for a meeting topic that will impact BPS families? Do you know a guest speaker who would like to visit BPS for an evening? Come and share you ideas and be prepared to make it happen!
There will be time for questions and a chance to renew past acquaintances and meet new Friends. All FRIENDS meeting are FREE and open to everyone! For more information contact Catherine Henne-Lewandowski at 734-397-3985 / mlewand@live.com or Jane Konoya at 248-497-2706 / jkonoya@gmail.com



Co-Coordinators Needed for Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) 

The highly successful and well received DAW needs two (2) people to help out with managing the program for Birmingham Public Schools. This program is a hands-on, activity-based workshop designed to help students understand how challenging and complex daily living can be for individuals with disabilities. The program includes activities centered on an empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision and learning impairments. The students participate in a wheelchair obstacle course, wear glasses that give them momentary vision impairments, experience speaking with an electric larynx and experience reading disabilities. This hands-on experience teaches our students that people should be respected no matter how they may look, act, walk or talk and aid an integral part of Character Education. All 4th grade Elementary students and 5/6 grade Covington Students participate in the workshop. There are 8-9 workshops spread out between October and May of the school year. This is a truly life changing event for many students and parents!

Job Description:

  • Work with School Principals/Secretaries/CSO's/Social Workers to schedule and plan the workshop.
  • Provide instructions to Building Coordinators at each school and answer any questions they may have.
  • Set up the DAW Kit (equipment, signs, stock low items, etc.) the night before the workshop
  • Be present at the beginning of the Workshop to ensure it is off to a smooth start. No need to stay the entire time.
  • At the end of the school year, clean and inventory the kit. Repair and replace items as necessary.

Never done this before? No worries! On the job training will be provided all of next year. Ideally, three (3) people will manage this kit together so responsibilities will be shared. If you are interested or would like to hear more about this position, please contact Denise Moore at 248-990-8282 or rmoore2639@wideopenwest.com.