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  • 2020- 2021 - Special Education Department Goals


    GOAL ONE:  Facilitate and maintain yearly IEP meetings in compliance with regulations and Covid-19 guidelines and directives.

    • Work in collaboration with District Administration, members of the Special Education Department, MIU IV Staff, and community members to maintain compliance in all areas of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
    • Work in collaboration with the Special Service Secretary, School Psychologist, Therapists, Teachers , and Director of Special Education to maintain regularly scheduled meetings in compliance with State Regulations and guidelines.
    • Work in collaboration with building level administration and secretaries in the coverage of teachers for IEP meetings.


    GOAL TWO:  Collaborate with Director of Special Education and ESS in the process of selection, interview, hiring, and assignment of instructional aides and paraprofessionals, for the support of students within the school setting.

    • Provide for student support in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) at Mercer Area Elementary and Mercer Area Middle/High Schools.
    • As applicable, continue teambuilding activities during department meetings for new staff members transitioning into their new roles and/or assignment of a mentor para/aide/teacher for incoming support staff, as needed.
    • Provide applicable and timely professional development opportunities for Special Educators and Support Staff. 


    GOAL THREE:  Collaborate with fellow administrators to closely monitor academic and behavioral achievement of students receiving services in both the support and general education settings. 

    • Collaborate with special education staff, support staff, general education teachers, and building level administration for review of performance data to address the implementation of necessary interventions to ensure students demonstrate growth academically and behaviorally in the school setting.
    • Continue to collaborate with building level administration, guidance department, and teachers to create student schedules that provide adequate support to ensure that LRE and Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) are provided.
    • Oversee, facilitate, and collaborate with special education teachers, general education teachers, parents, and building level administrators to develop students’ Individualized Education Programming, IEP Goals, and Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) that are most appropriate for the individual students, and that follow LRE and FAPE mandates.


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