• Focus ProgramsAlphabet

    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.

    IEP teams determine a student’s educational placement. Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision. While it is the PPS Special Education Department's mission to keep students in the Least Restrictive Environment, the school district must provide a continuum of alternative placements to meet the needs of students with disabilities for special education and related services.

     
     

    Social Emotional Skills Classrooms

    These classrooms serve students with ongoing significant social/emotional lagging skills and mental health needs that impede their ability to benefit from general education settings. Behavioral characteristics of these students may include: difficulty with self-regulation and adult/peer interactions; difficulty in following school routines and/or expectations; lagging problem-solving skills; excessive fears/phobias and sometimes verbal and/or physical aggressiveness.

    The program uses a collaborative problem solving approach and provides specially designed instruction in social skills, school success strategies, conflict resolution, coping skills, and academics at the students’ instructional level. Classroom environments feature clear expectations, community building, relationship building with adults and peers, positive support strategies, and encouragement. Related services are provided consistent with each student’s IEP. Students have opportunities to participate in general education experiences.

      
    IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision. 

    Communication Behavior Classrooms

    These classrooms serve students who have significant socialization, behavioral, and sometimes developmental needs related to communication and sensory challenges. Academic instruction is provided at students’ instructional levels. Students have access to supplemental curriculum in social skills, behavioral training, cooperative play and communication skills. Students learn strategies to address their communication, behavior, and sensory needs. Related services and assistive technology are integrated throughout the school day consistent with each student’s IEP. Students have the opportunity to participate in general education experiences. 

    IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision.

    Communication Behavior Team Classrooms

    This program serves students who are included in general education classes with the intensive supports of a team that includes a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist and paraeducators with expertise in communication/behavioral needs. The CB Team supports students in general education and provides small group specialized instruction and support in organization skills, social skills and conflict resolution. Related services and assistive technology are integrated throughout the school day consistent with each student’s IEP.

    IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision.

    Intensive Skills Center Classrooms

    These classrooms support students with learning needs due to cognitive delays that impact their participation in the general curriculum. These programs provide specially designed instruction, as appropriate, in the areas of functional and basic academic skills, social skills, communication skills, and for some students, basic life routines. Older students receive instruction in vocational and community skills. Students learn literacy and math skills at their instructional level. Related services, including assistive technology and nursing support, are provided consistent with each student’s IEP. Students have opportunities to participate in general education experiences.

    IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision.