Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

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Special Education

Special Education

  • Our Mission:

    As a department, we are committed to reversing the trend of isolation and segregation of students with disabilities by ensuring all students have access to high quality instruction responsive to their needs and delivered by effective and culturally responsive educators within the Least Restrictive Environment.

    Our primary focus is to build capacity and to support staff members district wide to ensure effective instruction is the predictor of student outcomes.

     Report Cards

    The 2015-2016 Special Education State Report Card has been released. Please click link below to access it.

    2015-2016 Special Education Report Card

    2014 - 2015 Special Education Report Card 

    Synergy SE Support

    Synergy SE assistance is never far away.

    • You can call 503-916-3375 option 3 to be connected to a knowledgeable Synergy SE support person.
    • You can review Quick Reference Guides and demonstration videos here.
    • You may sign up for Synergy SE work sessions on the learning campus. These sessions are 3 hours either Am or PM. This is a working session in which you can work on your documents and get help with Synergy SE. I hold 2 work sessions per month October through May. If you are unable to attend a scheduled work session please call me and we may be able to coordinate a time for you to sit by me at the BESC so I can answer your questions as you work. 

    Gretchen Johnson 503-916-3922

    Special Education Information for Parents
    PPS District Site

  • Special Education Organizational Chart

    2016-2017 Special Education Organizational Chart (updated March 2017)

    2016 - 2017 Special Education Program Administrator Assignments 


     PPS Post School Outcome Survey  

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    Portland Public Schools needs your help! We want to learn from former students how we can improve high school transition services. You will receive a phone call that asks questions about what you have been doing since you left school, such as have you worked or gone to school?

    Teachers will use answers from students like you to learn what they can do to help other youth get jobs and go to school after high school.  We want to hear from you: what you tell us is very important.  Questions, contact your district at 503-916-3438 or Pattie Johnson at johnsop@wou.edu

    Answering the questions will take about 10 minutes. If you would prefer you may take the survey online by clicking Survey.


    Special Education Wordle

Special Education Contacts

Special Education
Mary Pearson
Special Education Senior Director
(503) 916-3747
Robert Cantwell
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3435
Mona Walker
Administrative Secretary
Karrin Garrison
Administrative Secretary