Chandler Oaks Elementary School – an IB World School
Special Education Needs Policy
Together, the Chandler Oaks Elementary community of educators, students and families create an enriched learning environment where all feel safe, valued, and prepared to reach their full potential. Students are immersed in a detailed curriculum structured by Round Rock ISD and a technologically-infused environment within the IB Framework. Families are our partners in education; as one, we are learners who appreciate individuality and the world around us.
At Chandler Oaks Elementary School, we believe that every student is special; and that all learners have unique needs to consider in order to meet their full academic and social potential. A variety of approaches and support systems are utilized by our staff to address individual needs. Classroom teachers work collaboratively and cooperatively with support staff within the PYP to plan and implement instruction and experiences that support teaching and learning.
- All students should have access to the curriculum through the Primary Years Programme.
- Parents are viewed as partners in education at Chandler Oaks Elementary.
Instruction is provided through a variety of models, including consultation, collaboration and inclusion. When a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) indicates that inclusion is not the most effective learning environment, pull-out resource services are utilized.
- Meeting students where they are:
- New learning and understanding is constructed on an individual’s previous experiences and conceptual understanding.
- Scaffolding is used to enable learners to accomplish a task that would otherwise be impossible or much more difficult to accomplish.
- The IB framework is incorporated into all rooms within the building and supported by all personnel.
- We agree to treat all students with respect, kindness, and empathy while helping them become successful and engaged learners.
- We believe in having the least restrictive and the most successful environment.
- Collaborating to promote learning:
- Student learning is the responsibility of all staff members.
- When assigning classroom placement, we consider the needs of all students and the resources that are available in order to create the most balanced groupings possible.
- All teachers involved in the education of our students value communicating about our students.
- We collect and analyze data to qualify students for the support services they need.
The curriculum is based on the grade level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, however, the instruction is scaffolded to meet a variety of student needs. Ongoing progress monitoring as well as formative assessments are used as methods for documentation and collecting data to show student’s growth/regression throughout the year. Strategies used include, but are not limited to:
- Targeted instruction (this includes specific intervention and enrichment opportunities)
- Grouping and regrouping of students (flex grouping)
- Provision of materials (ie., leveled reading materials; online reading/math programs)
- Parent Communication
- Morning parent “coffee talks” where staff share school practices and address parent questions related to a variety of topics, including how we address the diverse needs of students at Chandler Oaks.
- School Website
- Parent Nights (ie., Literacy Night; Math & Science Night)
- Weekly School Newsletter
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Meetings with school support staff and/or administrators, as requested
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
To prepare students for success within the Program of Inquiry, we provide a variety of ongoing services that support their diverse academic needs:
- Intervention (RTI)
- Special Education Services
- Structured Learning Classroom (SLC)
- Evaluations and consultations with related service providers
- Gifted & Talented Services
- Counselor (social-emotional services)
PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW
- The Special Education Needs Policy Committee and Pedagogical Leadership Team accept the responsibility for ensuring the special education needs policy is put into practice.
- Teachers and coordinator will communicate the special education needs policy to parents; Instructional Technology Coordinator will ensure electronic posting on school website.
- Principal and Assistant Principal will regularly evaluate implementation of the special education needs policy as evidenced by classroom observations and school presentations.
- The Chandler Oaks Special Education Needs Policy will go into effect August 1, 2016 and will be reviewed every 3 years or earlier as needed by the Special Education Needs Policy Committee and Pedagogical Leadership Team.
- Special educational needs within the International Baccalaureate programmes, IBO
- Toward a Continuum of International Education, IBO
- Learning Diversity within International Baccalaureate programmes, IBO
- Sample Special Needs Policies from the following schools: Caldwell Heights Elementary; McGraw Elementary School;Spicewood Elementary
Collaboratively developed by the Chandler Oaks Special Education Needs Policy Committee Members:
Janet Stading, Coordinator; Karen Swint, TAG; Laurie Mutscher, Counselor; Tammi Carter, Intervention; Shannan Henri & Jennifer Abarca, SPED; Donna Hansen, SLC; Amanda Lanahan, Art; Kelley Hirt, Principal; Dana Green, Assistant Principal