SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / February 2009 / Special Education Director's Message
Special Education Director's Message
Sandra Crews, Director of Special Education
Last spring—as we do each year—we asked our consumers about how they feel about the special education services SOESD provides. On a 4-point scale, program ratings averaged 3.79 for the 2007-08 school year. We used the consumer feedback (positive and negative) to help us set priorities and make changes in our services and service delivery consistent with our core service area’s values.
The values which drive our special education decision making are listed below:
- Helping students reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
- Increasing public awareness about students and adults with disabilities and their potential.
- Greater community acceptance, access, and inclusion.
- Teaching independence and self-advocacy.
- Creating/helping create learning environments which are safe, fun, interactive, explorative, and varied.
- Designing specialized curricula to foster functional skills (i.e., skills which will help students function as adults).
- Quality of life and community participation as we plan and implement instruction.
- As special educators, bringing compassion, patience, persistence, ethics, and skills to our work.
- Ensuring that FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) is provided and that children’s and parents’ rights are protected.
- Access to needed materials, equipment, and technology.
For this newsletter, we decided to let parents and students speak for themselves and report just how they feel about special education services and what our values have meant in their lives.