The Special Services Department educates students who are identified through a special education review process as eligible for special education (specialized instruction) and who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). An Evaluation and Planning Team determines a student’s eligibility for an IEP according to Vermont State Department of Education Special Education rules.
Two specific programs are available to meet qualifying students’ needs:
1) The ACCESS/Life Skills Program (Accessing Community, Careers, and Education through Successful Self-Determination) provides students with individualized support for academic and practical skills. This program focuses on the areas of functional academics, self-care, daily living skills, independent living, community access, and job training and placement. Social thinking is also an important component of instruction. By making specialized instruction available to students, the program balances the myriad educational and extra-curricular opportunities at Burr and Burton with the necessary skills for students to become independent adults and contributing members of the Northshire region.
2) The Learning Center is for students who need additional academic support to function successfully in regular education classes. In this program, specialized instruction is provided through the Study Skills course. The staff members help students identify learning problems; they provide remediation in the areas of deficiency; they tutor in the content areas; they teach specific basic skills, exam-taking skills, and organizational skills; and they help students develop strategies to manage behavior. Any student with a 504 plan may also receive support through the Study Skills class if their education team recommends it. In addition to Study Skills, identified special education students may take a core academic class at a modified level for credit through the Learning Center programs. Special Education paraeducators are available for those identified students who need assistance in their core academic classes.
Indirect services include consultation with classroom teachers, conferencing with parents, IEP development, management of students’ educational program, curricula revision, and coordination with other professionals involved in the process of special education. Special education personnel work with other agencies’ personnel to facilitate the transition of students to college or other post-high school or employment opportunities.
The Special Services staff includes Vermont-certified learning specialists, a speech and language pathologist, paraeducators, and related service providers.
For more information please contact Mary Diaz, Director of Special Services, at 802-549-8153
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org