Teacher Consultant Services–Students who are primarily mainstreamed into general education classes may have access to the support of a teacher consultant. The teacher consultant works in conjunction with the general education teacher to support the students’ IEP goals and may work directly or indirectly with a student.
AUTISM TEACHER CONSULTANT
District autism teacher consultant:
Ms. Denise LaCroix
Office: West Oakview Elementary
Phone: 361-3470, x-26237
DEAF/HARD-OF-HEARING TEACHER CONSULTANT
District D/HH teacher consultant:
Ms. Jane Swainston
Office: Highlands Middle School
Phone: 361-3440, x-23256
D/HH Parent-Infant Program (Northview)
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CONSULTANT
Presently, the Northview Public Schools employs a non-disability specific teacher consultant primarily within the high school setting. They assist students identified with disabilities who are taking all of their coursework within the general education curriculum. They directly work with them during Seminar, and assist with projects and exams when needed. The teacher consultant also collaborates with general education teachers to help modify or adapt curriculum to better fit students’ individual learning styles.
District high school teacher consultant:
Office: Northview High School
Phone: 363-4857, x-28305
ORIENTATION/MOBILITY TEACHER CONSULTANT
District mobility teacher consultant:
Assigned by Kent I.S.D.
Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT TEACHER CONSULTANT
District VI teacher consultant:
Ms. Nancy Calvi
Office: Kent I.S.D
Phone: 616-540-4095 (cell)
Entire district (through Kent I.S.D.)
Resource Room Support–Students who need more direct specialized instruction may require Resource Room support. Direct instruction is provided to the student in the area(s) of identified need by a certified special education teacher. The amount of support a student receives is based on how much assistance he/she needs with the particular skill deficit, and may occur either outside of or within a regular education classroom. This level of service is provided in each building within the district.
In each elementary school building — East Oakview, North Oakview and West Oakview — there is a Resource Room program. Students generally receive special education support in a specified content area to work on IEP goals and remediate deficit areas. The student’s general education teacher works closely with the special education teacher in developing a schedule for support and determining appropriate curriculum adjustments or modifications when needed.
Resource Room support at Highlands and Crossroads Middle schools is provided in several ways. One means of providing special education support is through an inclusion model, which is also called “team-teaching.” Within the general education classroom, both a general education and special education teacher provide instruction to all students. However, curricular modifications and adaptations for special education students are made as needed within that setting, thereby requiring minimal pull-out instruction. At the same time, more traditional pull-out “remedial” instruction is still an option at both middle schools (5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade), where students can receive instruction in certain core academic skill areas in the context of a smaller classroom setting. Finally, students can also take advantage of academic support classes designed to assist students with work from their general education classes.
Special education classroom support at Northview High School is considered “departmentalized.” That is, special education teachers teach specified classes and curricula within the special education department. Courses are available for eligible students in the areas of Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Pre-Vocational Education. In choosing classes within the high school setting, Northview would like students and their parents to consider long-term goals. While the Individualized Education Planning (IEP) Team will determine the student’s placement within general education, special education and/or team-taught classes, actual course schedules are developed individually with his/her caseload teacher.
Categorical Program Classroom–For students who may need more extensive special education support, a categorical classroom provides a setting where they are able to receive the major portion of their educational program (often more than 50% of the school day) as specified in the IEP. These classrooms are located in selected schools throughout the district. Depending on their specific needs and abilities, students still interact with their general education peers and may attend certain general education classes during the school day. Within the Northview district, such programs are mostly within the elementary and middle schools.
There are specific categorical programs in each elementary building. At East Oakview, there are two specialized programs: One is the Autism Program. This is a program designed to serve the needs of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Emphasis is placed on language and communication development, personal adjustment training, and prevocational education. The other program is a Resource Room program for students who are unable to succeed with or benefit from a more traditional Resource program, and require 50% or more of their core instruction within a special education context. Instruction and curriculum is often adapted or modified to enable students to learn academic skills.
At North Oakview, there is a program for students identified with an emotional impairment and who need a more restrictive setting due to their unique behaviors and needs. The program’s emphasis is on behavioral modification techniques and individualized instructional levels.
Highlands Middle School currently houses the regional self-contained program for 5th and 6th grade students identified with an emotional impairment. Similar to the elementary program, the emphasis is on behavioral modification techniques and individualized instructional levels.
Center-Based Programs–On occasion, the district may be unable to adequately meet the needs of certain students as determined by the IEP Team. In these cases, students may be placed in a more appropriate program operated by a neighboring district. Every effort is made to provide a program as close as possible to his/her local district. The curriculum and specialized services utilized by Center-Based programs are designed to meet the individual needs of students with similar learning characteristics. A contact person from the Northview school district (or, for outside students attending a Northview program, the student’s home district) works as a liaison between the student’s parents and the attending program. Transportation to and from that program is provided at no cost to the parents.