Programs for all special education students are determined through collaborative efforts by a team of individuals known as the Individualized Education Program Team. Members include parents, teachers, Child Study Team members, and the student if age 14 or older. All placement decisions are determined individually and are chosen to address the unique needs of the student.
Special Education Programs Serve and Focus on the Following:
Our district offers a full array of program options at all grade levels. Beginning with the least restrictive option our programs include:
More than 90% of our special education students receive services in our own schools. The remaining students participate in highly specialized programs designed to meet their very unique needs.
Currently the district offers special class programs for students with a broad range of physical, emotional and psychological disabilities. At both the elementary and secondary levels the district operates self-contained programs for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. These classes can serve up to 15 students with the addition of a classroom aide.
The district offers several innovative programs specifically designed to address the needs of classified students. Teachers and support staff continue to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities in order to keep them abreast of the latest instructional strategies. As a result, our district is currently implementing the following programs.
My Reading Coach
Throughout the district, special education classrooms are continuing to utilize cutting edge instructional techniques that incorporate technology into instruction. My Reading Coach: Platinum Edition is the districts latest instrument to achieve this goal. This program supports a variety of students depending upon their needs.
A speech pathologist and master reading teacher, Jim Larrabee, developed this reading method at the request of his principal who noticed that students in his class consistently scored at the highest reading levels. Jim, the virtual reading teacher, interactively diagnoses and teaches each student. The program is based on cognitive learning theory, providing students the opportunity to build a learning model and continually refine it through practice activities and individualized feedback. The powerful learning lessons and sequences augment and reinforce each other while increasing in complexity.
My Reading Coach: Platinum Edition Empowers The Student.
My Reading Coach is unique and effective because it motivates students to be active participants by providing:
Wilson Fundation - K - 5
Accelerated Math – District Wide
Accelerated Math is a 5-Step individualized program designed to help students meet standards.