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Special Education Task Force

A Special Education Task Force is currently working to recommend how the district's special education program can be more effective. The task force, appointed by Superintendent Erin Prince, met for the first time in May, 2012. It consists of 36 members representing general and special education staff, principals, district office administrators, parents and the community.


The group is divided into five action teams based on the most immediate concerns raised by parents and students as the result of an independent special education review completed in February. The five action teams will focus on behavior, curriculum, Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies, assistive technology, and the Life Skills program. The teams will work separately, but are free to invite specialists from the other teams or the community to join their conversation if their input would be helpful.


Each team will be asked to explore and observe what is currently happening in the district related to their focus area, dive into the research and best practices, and look for successful programs across the state that might serve as model in that area. They also will be asked to identify what “quick fixes” could be made to improve district services, what might be done within the year, and what goals should be set over the next five years and beyond.

Once the task force completes its work, the teams’ recommendations will be reviewed by special education staff, district leaders and the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). The task force is set to meet throughout the spring and into the summer; meetings will be closed to the public, but regular updates will be posted on this page.

Special Education Review
The task force is one outcome of the independent review of the district's special education program requested by Superintendent Erin Prince and Student Services director Kathleen Walker during the 2011-2012 school year. Special education consultants DiAnne Fentress-Rowe and Tass Morrison spent four months reviewing academic data and surveying staff, parents and special education specialists. Their final report, presented to the Corvallis School Board in February, offered several commendations and five general areas in need of continued improvement.


An additional response to the Special Education Review, is the merger of the district's Instructional Services and Student Services departments beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Click on the following link to read Dr. Prince's plan shared with the school board in March:



Task Force Updates

 

Contact Us

 Student Services Department
 Phone:  541-766-4857 
 Address:  1555 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333
 Fax:  541-757-5726
Staff:  Kevin Bogatin, Assistant Superintendent