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Special Education Task Force begins its work

A Special Education Task Force charged with recommending how the district’s special education program can be more effective will meet for the first time Friday, May 18.

The task force, appointed by Superintendent Erin Prince, consists of 36 members representing general and special education staff, principals, district office administrators, parents and the community. The group will be 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 the Special Education page of the district Web site.