Special Education

Helping all students become shining stars!

Student Support Services

Here at Leverett Elementary school, we have a team of three highly experienced special educators. This team is divided up to provide support services to all eligible students in the building. Student support service providers work closely with the regular education teachers to assist students with learning challenges, attentional struggles, emotional regulation, behavioral needs, socio-emotional weaknesses, as well as, other areas that require support for a student to access the general education curriculum and environment successfully. 

Such supports that may be provided include direct instruction in reading, writing and math and how those skills impact other content areas. Students requiring sensory breaks or behavior intervention are also part of the supports provided. Many in-class accommodations and supports are done through the student support program as well.  

There is an extensive state mandated process that has to be completed in order for a child to be referred, evaluated, and found eligible for receiving support services. This process can be found via the helpful link to the special education process found on this page. Although specific students are assigned to this team of individuals for support, according to an individual education program, in many ways this team offers assistance to the regular education classroom informally for observations, recommendations, diagnostic instruction and informal interventions prior to any student being referred.

It can be challenging and difficult for families to know how to help a child with a disability but there is great information available on the internet, through reading materials, and in support groups. This page offers a list of links and materials that will provide you with some tips and helpful strategies to use at home. 

Identification Process

Link to The Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA1 http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep/process.pdf List of the categories and descriptions of the recognized special education identifications http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/definitions.html

Common Interventions

Interventions, Accommodations and Modifications Defined

An instructional intervention is a specific program or set of steps to help a child improve in an area of need. Instructional interventions focus on subjects like reading, writing or math. Interventions are designed so that you and the school can track your child’s progress.

Examples of Instructional Interventions and Programs:

Math- Reading- Other-

Symphony LIPS Story Grammar Marker

Triumph Wilson/Just Words Handwriting Without Tears

Saxons Lexia

TouchMath Seeing Stars/Verbalizing and Visualizing

EverydayMath Reading Comprehension Toolkit

KhanAcademy Fundations

Quick Reads

An accommodation allows students to participate in the general education setting by adjusting components such as: Presentation Style, Response Modes, Setting, Timing, Scheduling and Organization. A modification allows students to participate in the general curriculum by changing such components as assignments and curriculum.

Goal Setting/Progress Monitoring Tools http://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-c49a.pdf

Aimsweb BAS/Inventories End of unit Assessments Data Tracking Sheets Checklists/Charts/Rubrics
Work Samples/Probes Running Records Portfolios Observations/Anecdotal Note Taking

Resources/Helpful Links

Website with links to various organizations and helpful tools

Support and Resources for Parents and Teachers

Parent Guide to Special Education Process

Definitions of typical learning disabilities