Special Education Department Striving for Consistency  

May 08, 2012

The ESU 10 Special Education Department consists of 43 employees serving 31 districts across approximately 9,325 square miles. These distances can make interaction between staff members challenging. As a new member of the ESU 10 team, Special Education Director John Street, is taking steps to assure that distance does not decrease the quality and continuity of the services being provided to districts, staff, and students. He is addressing consistency by providing a summer institute for staff development, hosting special education staff meetings
throughout the academic school year, and encouraging the further development of best practice guidelines.

When Mr. Street began working with the special education staff at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year he quickly began to inquire about common practices. Thus began a process headed by the ESU 10 Special Education Staff and School Psychologists to formalize ESU 10 verification practices. Throughout the current academic year, discussions centered on current practice at ESU 10 as well as determination of best practices. This project will continue into the summer with days devoted to developing ESU 10 Verification and Problem Solving Guidelines.

The expertise of school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing and the ESU 10 professional development department will be utilized to collaborate on this project. The special education department plans to have these guidelines ready to present to member districts in the fall of 2012.