Special Education Services
It is our vision that all students can reach or exceed grade level Common Core Standards in an inclusive environment.
It is our mission to:
1). Develop and implement appropriate co-teaching techniques that provide “best” teaching practices and an individualized program in the general education classroom.
2). Develop individualized programs for students based on assessment and data.
3). Educate the “whole child” with project based learning and interventions based upon strengths and needs.
4). Maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding special education.
5). Continually evaluate the effectiveness of instruction on students with special needs.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2011) requires that students with special needs, whenever possible, should receive instruction in the general education classroom with their grade level peers. At the Maritime Academy of Toledo all students, regardless of disability, receive instruction in the regular education classroom. This fact requires a greater amount of skill and educational knowledge of our teachers in order to differentiate the requirements of the curriculum.
Differentiation, a complex topic, is defined as the ability of a teacher to meet all of the unique individual academic needs of the children in the classroom (Cooper, B. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/cooper.356). The goal of a general education teacher, however, is not to meet every individual need but to provide a solid foundation for the accommodations of those needs. Without a solid foundation the task of differentiation and the education of students with disabilities will not succeed.
In regards to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) schools have several responsibilities when educating or servicing students with disabilities. These include:
- Developing an Individualized Educational Program that meets the individual needs of each student.
- Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). This requires the school to provide special education services (if the student is deemed eligible) to each student at no cost to the parents.
- Abide by procedural safeguards under IDEA.
- Provide transition services to students aged 14 years or older.
In order to effectively educate a student with a disability parents must be an active member of the IEP team.
- Parents must ensure that homework and studying is done in a timely manner.
- Students must arrive to school and class on time according to the adopted board schedule.
- Parents must promote and ensure proper attendance habits according to the Maritime Academy of Toledo Code of Conduct and the Ohio Revised Code.
- Parents must provide proper materials and supplies for their child(ren).
- Collaboration with school staff is essential.
CHILD FIND: Students with Special Needs
In accordance with federal law, the District assumes responsibility for the location, identification and evaluation of all children birth through age 21 who reside within the district and who require special education and related services. This includes students who are: (1) Advancing from grade to grade; (2) Enrolled by their parents in private elementary or private secondary schools, including religious schools, located in our District (regardless of the severity of their disability); (3) Wards of the state and children who are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children; and (4) Home-schooled.