Only students identified through the Committee on Special Education are eligible to participate in these programs. Each student’s program is detailed by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and is reviewed annually.
The Resource Program is a specialized supplemental instructional program for students with disabilities. Students are recommended for the program by the Committee on Special Education following a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation which indicates a need for Special Education services. Each student has an Individualized Education Program that outlines goals and objectives for the year. This IEP also notes the required test accommodations that are to be used regularly and consistently by the student.
Instruction in Resource typically takes place in small groups of students and focuses on developing learning strategies and organizational/time-management skills that enable students to meet curricular demands and achieve academic success. Students may also receive services directly or indirectly within regular classrooms where the Resource teacher acts as consultant to the regular classroom teacher. Test accommodations can be provided in the Test Center by Resource staff. Accommodations are based on the student’s disability and afford students with disabilities the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content without the interference of the disability. Test accommodations may include: extended time; revised test directions; use of reader/tape/braille; use of word processor/scribe; and use of calculator.
Resource teachers serve as program managers for students with disabilities and coordinate many aspects of the student’s program. They act as liaison between student, parents, counselors, classroom teachers, and administrators. They are involved in the initial evaluation and placement of students referred to CSE and the annual review of each student’s program.
The 15:1 program provides students with direct special education instruction in specific curriculum areas, the content of which parallels that of general education classes. The skills and concepts are presented using a modified format to accommodate the learning styles of individual students. The program also focuses on the acquisition of critical life skills that enable students to manage daily occurrences of relevant issues dealing with money management, housing, transportation and employment. Community work experiences and Occupational Education options are also available to students in this program. Community work experience allows students to gain work related skills both within the school and out in community work sites. Occupational Education opportunities are available at local BOCES sites and provide instruction in several areas including Automotive Technology, Construction, Cosmetology and Culinary Arts. (See page 16 for additional information.)
The 12:1:1 program provides students with direct special education instruction and/or related services for a minimum of 60% of the school day. This community based program allows for students to learn and apply necessary functional life skills as well as activities of daily living in a real-world context and setting. The functional math curriculum includes instruction in money and time skills, purchasing, banking, price comparison and other essential consumer related skills. The functional English Language Arts curriculum includes instruction in letter writing, filling out forms and applications, reading and following directions, and gaining meaning from print. The community work experience provides hands on experiences and on-the-job training within the community to prepare the students for independence in adulthood.