Department of Special Education
The K-12 Special Education Department is a crucial component of our educational institution, dedicated to providing specialized support and services to students with diverse learning needs. Comprised of a team of highly trained professionals, including special education teachers, therapists, evaluators, and support staff, our department is committed to ensuring that every student receives an inclusive and quality education tailored to their individual needs.
Our primary goal is to foster an inclusive learning environment where students with disabilities can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. We work collaboratively with parents, general education teachers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement individualized education plans (IEPs) that address each student's unique learning goals and provide appropriate accommodations, modifications, and support services.
Assessment and Evaluation: Our department conducts comprehensive assessments and evaluations to identify students' learning strengths, challenges, and any disabilities that may impact their educational progress. We utilize a variety of assessment tools, including observations, standardized tests, and individualized assessments, to gather data and determine eligibility for special education services. We collaborate with parents and other professionals to develop accurate and comprehensive evaluations.
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): We work closely with students, parents, and general education teachers to develop IEPs that outline specific academic goals, support services, and accommodations tailored to each student's needs. We ensure that IEPs are compliant with state and federal regulations, and we monitor progress regularly, making adjustments as needed to ensure continued growth and success.
Specialized Instruction: Our department provides specialized instruction to students with disabilities, delivering evidence-based interventions and instructional strategies that align with their individualized learning goals. We collaborate with general education teachers to differentiate instruction, adapt curriculum materials, and provide necessary support to ensure students' access to the general education curriculum. We utilize assistive technology and adaptive equipment to enhance learning opportunities and promote independence.
Related Services: We offer a range of related services to support students' unique needs and facilitate their access to education. These services may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and behavioral interventions. Our team collaborates closely with specialized service providers to integrate these services into students' daily routines and educational programs.
Inclusion and Collaboration: We promote an inclusive educational environment where students with disabilities have opportunities to learn and interact with their peers without disabilities. We collaborate with general education teachers, administrators, and support staff to create inclusive classrooms and provide necessary supports and accommodations. We encourage collaboration and communication among all team members to ensure a cohesive and supportive educational experience.
Transition Planning: We support students with disabilities as they transition from one educational level to another or prepare for post-secondary education and employment. We work with students, families, and community resources to develop transition plans that address academic, vocational, and independent living goals. We provide resources, guidance, and connections to help students successfully navigate the transition process.
Family Engagement: We recognize the importance of family engagement in supporting students with disabilities. We actively involve parents in the educational process, providing regular communication, collaboration, and opportunities for training and support. We value parent input and partner with families to develop effective strategies for supporting their child's educational journey.
Continuous Professional Development: Our department is committed to ongoing professional development to stay current with best practices in special education. We engage in professional learning opportunities, attend conferences, and collaborate with experts in the field to enhance our knowledge and skills. We continuously strive to improve our instructional approaches and support services to meet the evolving needs of our students.
The K-12 Special Education Department is dedicated to providing a supportive, inclusive, and individualized educational experience for students with disabilities. Through collaboration, evidence-based practices, and a commitment to continuous improvement, we strive to empower students to reach their full potential and achieve academic success.
Director of Special Education
Mr. Ronald Heitchue
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Michele Shawley
ACCESS Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Georgia Speer