Student Support Services

Douglas Public Schools

Special Education Department

Special Education Profile of Effective
Programs and Practices

The Douglas Public Schools provide a wide range of Special Education program options and services for students who meet eligibility criteria, age 3 through 22. We are committed to providing a continuum of programs that ensure that students with disabilities have the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment. We have built capacity within the District to allow students with varying disabilities to join with typical peers in the learning process. In-District services are provided by an impressive array of qualified and experienced professionals. For those students whose needs cannot be met in-district, programs are available through the local Collaborative and approved special Education schools. We are proud of our exemplary practices, including a high degree of parent participation in the Team Process, extensive staff development opportunities, and our active Parent Advisory Council, to name a few.

General Education Initiatives

  • School Counselors
  • Teacher Support Teams
  • Title I
  • Remedial Reading
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • PBIS
  • Behavioral Consulting
  • Writing Process
  • Harcourt Reading, Math Intervention Program

Exemplary Practices Across Levels

  • Annual New Staff Orientation for special education practices
  • Staff development opportunities
  • Annually updated Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Team composition consistent with regulations
  • Evaluations consistently available to parents in advance of Team Meeting
  • Active parent participation in Team Process
  • Active Parent Advisory Council
  • Teacher Support Teams
  • Language!

Assistive Technology Initiatives Across Levels

  • Kurzweil
  • Voice activated software
  • Electronic spell checker
  • Software (e.g. Boardmarker, co-Writer)
  • Recording for the blind and dyslexic
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