Keansburg School District’s Special Education Department
Staci Beegle- Director of Special Education
Dianne Clagett - Guidance
Janis Ducsai, Secretary of PPS
Eileen Enright, Secretary of PPS
Maureen O'Hare, Secretary of PPS
The Keansburg School District provides all children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education. Student's parents serve as team members with the public school in determining eligibility for and provision of special education services. Once a student has been found eligiblefor special education and/or related services, an individualized educational program is developed to determine the extent of services appropriate for that student. It is the responsibility of this multi-disciplinary team to determine the most appropriate educational placement in the least restrictive environment.
Keansburg School District offers a continuum of services/programming, psychological testing services, social work, speech therapy services, and related services to eligible students.
Keansburg’s Special Education Program(s) will strive to:
- Assist students to choose opportunities for success and development of self-advocacy.
- Commit to continued enrichment of skills and knowledge by special education personnel.
- Adapt as needed to serve an expanding and identified special education population.
- Expand inclusionary opportunities as appropriate.
- Provide support services per IEP for students with identified disabilities, enabling them opportunities for success.
- Satisfy legal mandates set by state and federal law (per IDEA) regarding identified students with disabilities.
I. Climate of Teaching and Learning
The Special Education Department strives to understand students as individual learners with special needs and learning styles. Through that understanding and sensitivity for special needs students, the faculty and staff work to guide the students toward academic success and self-advocacy. Special Education faculty and staff focus on teaching appropriate strategies based on individual needs ofs pecial education students.
The Special Education Department:
Assists students to choose opportunities for success.
1. Individualized case management
· Monitoring of grades and behaviors in mainstream classes.
· Instructional classes available to optimize opportunities for success.
· Pupil to teacher ratio enables personalized attention and caring.
· Support services based on individual needs - Social Work, Speech/Language, OT, etc.
2. Maximizes opportunities for inclusion in mainstream curriculum.
· REI Process facilitates communication between students, teachers, and parents.
· Department fosters respect andconsideration for students with disabilities.
Assists students to develop self-advocacyand independence.
1. Developing awareness of individual students disabilities and teaching strategies for academic and social success.
2. Encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities (When Applicable/Appropriate).
3. Assisting with post-secondary planning(When applicable).
II. Personnel-Working within a Professional Learning Community
As the Supervisor of PPS, I subscribe to the philosophy that a department can only be as good as the personnel it employs. PPS is committed to recruiting andr etaining individuals with outstanding expertise in the field of special education. The faculty and staff of this department provide a unique diversityof skills in specialty areas for the benefit of special needs students. Furthermore,the Special Education Department supports and executes the district's non-negotiables.
The Special Education Department:
A. Commits to continued enrichment of skills andknowledge of special education personnel.
1. Shared mission, vision, and values throughout the Department.
2. Engagement in collective inquiry regarding best practices through participation in conferences, seminars, workshops, and graduate classes.
3. Continual learning in order to best serve an increasingly diverse special education population.
a. Increased program options-Resource support,instructional classes, assistance in mainstream, etc.
b. Additional training of teachers in additional specific disabilities areas.
c. Presentations at national, state, and local professional development opportunities.
4. Assumes leadership roles within the Keansburg community through training and education of mainstream faculty and staff.
B. Commits to ongoing working relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
1. Unique contributions of each team member valued for student success.
2. Regular communication and exchange regarding individual students between case manager and other special education team members.
3. Commitment to value and respect each other’s specific skills and contributions in student’s individual education program.
4. Formal and informal collaborative opportunities between regular education and special education colleagues.
III. Curriculum/Assessment-Attention to Individual Students
The Special Education Department provides special needs students with support for the regular education curriculum, adapted curriculum through smaller,special education classes that parallel the regular education curriculum and ancillary services that are appropriate for special needs students as dictated by the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). The faculty and staff monitor student progress and provide appropriate support for students, regular education teachers and parents. It is the goal of the Special Education Department to enable students to become productive and effective citizens.
The Special Education Department:
A. Maintains equity and access to mainstream curriculum.
1. Expand inclusionary opportunities as appropriate.
2. Stimulate active engagement of special needs students enrolled in regular education curriculum.
B. Develops curriculum as needed to serve an expanding identified specialeducation population.
1. Instructional classes are available to meet individualgoals.
a. Offers more individualized instruction than mainstream classes.
b. Parallels mainstream curriculum with appropriate modifications.
2. Adapts curriculum appropriately with cooperation of mainstream teacher.
b. Modifications focused for student success.
IV. Community Partnerships
The Special Education Department strives to establish and maintain effective partnerships with regular education, parents, social service agencies, privatepractice professionals (doctors, psychologists, social workers, etc.), and the larger community. The Special Education Department continues to involve parent(s)/guardian in the decision making process regarding student'sIndividual Education Plan (IEP).