The Special Education Department goal is to improve the educational experiences of students through collaboration with families, schools, students and community parents. An array of comprehensive supports are coordinated to support the academic, social emotional and behavioral success for every child. The Special Education Department encompasses Pre-K, Early Childhood, Special Education, Student Health Services, and Multi-Tiered System of Support.

Pre-K Program

The Pre-K program consists of the following components designed to help each child develop readiness skills necessary for success in Kindergarten.

Pre-K Screenings: Purpose of screenings is to assist with the identification of children ages 3-5 years old who may qualify for the District Pre-K evaluation for special education.

The Pre-K Program Design: The Pre-K program is designed to provide children with a structured classroom environment that is rich in language and literacy.

Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program provides specially designed instruction to eligible students ages 3 through 5. Integrated related services are provided by a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist.

Special Education

District 161 provides appropriate and effective educational programs for students with disabilities. Students must meet specific eligibility criteria to be identified as a child with a disability. Once a child is eligible, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is written.

Student Health Services

The District Nurse and School Health Coordinators work closely with families, students, teachers, and administrators to ensure quality individualized and responsive health services are provided to students.

Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)

MTSS is a data-driven, problem-solving framework to improve outcomes for all students. MTSS relies on a continuum of evidence-based practices matched to student needs both academically and behaviorally. 

Thank you,

Jackie Janicke, Director of Special Education