U.S Department of Education | Blue Ribbon School District

DISTRICT 214 DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM 

MISSION STATEMENT & SHARED VALUES

Mission Statement

Our primary mission is to help all students learn the skills, acquire the knowledge, and the develop the behaviors necessary for them to reach their full potential as citizens who can meet the challenges of a changing society.

Our secondary mission is to provide residents with opportunities for lifelong learning.

Shared values

  • Community Presence and Participation
    • Employment
    • Recreation
  • Community Presence and Participation
  • Positive behavioral supports and strategies
  • Meaningful educational opportunities
  • Program flexibility to meet individualized needs
  • Resource supports to match student needs
  • Communication, collaboration and understanding at all levels
    • Articulate these discussions across levels
    •  Recognition of the uniqueness and challenge
  • Support that comes from the top
  • Recognition that we are ALL equal stakeholders in this
  • District Ownership for Student with Autism 
  • Strategies that allow District Goals and Supports for Students with Autism to coexist with the three goals
  • Working Cooperatively and Collaboratively with Families
  • Working toward realistic understandings of students and their potentials
  • Balance in supports and programming
  • Fun and Humor in every day for every one
  • Recognize and Value the unique gifts of every individual

STUDENTS

Students are considered to be ALL students who experience ANY of the characteristics of autism to the degree that their education is being negatively impacted.  Every effort will be made to include student input about their support and programming to the degree possible.  They form the central focus of all aspects of the Districts Plan for Support.

We will work to help them to best be able to answer:

What is their story and how can we support them to be the best them they
can be?

Activities to support student participation include:
  • Exposure to printed and/or video taped material on autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Support in developing a multi-media presentation/portfolio on who they are
  • Assignment to a student or staff mentor
  • After school exercise program specifically for autistic students
  • Support for participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Creation of binders with students to support access of community resources
  • NSSEO Transition Binder

PARENT PARTNERSHIPS

The District recognizes that partnering with parents is absolutely necessary in order to support all students.  We recognize that each family is as individual as each student and therefore require a variety of kinds of supports for their involvement in their children’s programs.  Note: in this category we include parents/family members of students attending sender schools to the District.

Activities to support Parent Partnerships include:
  • NSSEO offered workshops specific to families
  • NSSEO offered workshops for staff & families
  • Outside consultant offered workshops specific to families
  • Outside consultant offered workshops for staff & families
  • Autism Resource Team offered workshops specific to families
  • Autism Resource Team offered workshops for staff & families
  • Communication options
    • Home logs
    • Emails
    • Phone calls
    • Scheduled meetings
    • DVDs
    • Autism Resource Team Brochure
    • Introductory packet/website on autism and the District’s support plan and service options
  • IEP Programming
  • Surveys (individual & group)
    • What are their needs?
    • What are their resources?
    • How are we doing in meeting their needs?
  • NSSEO sponsored parent support groups
  • Assistance in accessing additional resources
  • Nursing Care form for students on the autism spectrum

COMMUNICATION

We recognize that communication is the cornerstone for meaningful relationships, and that meaningful relationships are necessary for meaningful support of all students.  The District cannot be solely responsible for the entire well being of all students, therefore we recognize and commit to maintaining open communication with students, families, staff, and the community at large, including all sender schools.

Activities to support communication include:
  • Students
    • Sensitivity & Awareness Presentations
    • Student presentations/portfolios
    • Support in IEP participation
    • Building-based student orientations
    • Building-based open houses
    • Building-based Newsletters
    • Program-based Newsletters
  • Families
    • Invitations to/participation in Sensitivity & Awareness Presentations
    • Sharing of student presentations/portfolios
    • IEP participation
    • Home logs
    • Emails
    • Phone calls
    • Scheduled meetings
    • DVDs
    • Family support meetings
    • Workshops (see above)
    • Autism Resource Team Brochure
    • Introductory packet/website on autism and the District’s support plan and service options
    • Building-based open houses
    • Building-based Information Night for incoming all students in special education programs
    • Building-based Newsletter
    • Program based Newsletter
  • Staff
    • Autism Resource Team
      • Brochure
      • Consultation
      • As program team members
      • Workshops
        • Team level
        • Building level
        • District wide
    • NSSEO consultant
      • Consultation
      • Workshops
        • Team level
        • Building level
        • District wide
    • Outside autism consultants
      • Consultation
      • Workshops
        • Team level
        • Building level
        • District wide
    • District Autism Website & Resources
  • Sender Schools
    • Building-based Articulation Breakfast
    • Autism Resource Team
      • Brochure
      • As program team members for transitioning students
      • Workshops
        • Team level
        • Building level
        • District wide
    • NSSEO consultant
      • Consultation around transitioning students
    • Outside autism consultants
      • Consultation around transitioning students
      • Workshops
        • Team level
        • Building level
        • District wide
    • District Autism Website & Resources
  • Community at large
    • Autism Resource Team Brochures
    • Invitations to Autism Resource Team Workshops if applicable
    • Invitations to NSSEO Workshops if applicable
    • Invitations to outside autism consultant Workshops if applicable

PROGRAMMING

We recognize that programming for all special education students needs to be individualized and personalized.  There are certain key components that the State and the District identify as being critical to be considered in the programming and support of all students with autism.  We recognize that the levels of support and kinds of programming required by each student will change over time.

Activities to support programming include:
  • Identification and delineation of various Support Levels for students (particularly around 1:1)
    • Team Teaching
  • Program development to begin at Articulation meetings with Sender Schools
  • Modified Curriculum & Instruction of Core Subject Areas that count toward high school graduation requirements
    • Provided through Instructional Classrooms
  • Program Transitions
    • Language Arts Transition Summer Program (District Wide)
  • IEP-content (for services)
  • Delineation of Program Components as base to build and match with IEP guide
  • Delineation of specific program guides for including community participation
  • Delineate Guide for assessment for performance
  • Programming options for extended school year
  • Bridge Math Summer Program (District Wide)
  • Community Assessment
    • Vocational
    • Recreational
    • Independent Living

AUTISM RESOURCE TEAM

The Autism Resource Team is comprised of special education teachers, speech & language therapists, IR Coordinators, school psychologists, social workers, a school nurse, the NSSEO autism consultant, the NSSEO Occupational Therapist, the NSSEO Physical Therapist, an assistant principal, and the Districts’ 2 outside autism consultants.  The Autism Resource Team is knowledgeable in assisting in the identification and social, emotional and educational success of students with Autism. The team strives to support students, families and staff by promoting meaningful relationships through understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

Activities of the Autism Resource Team include:
  • Monthly team meetings
  • Attend monthly trainings
  • Attend additional trainings
  • Representation at each Building
  • Participate in developing and monitoring Program Guide
  • Participate in Transition planning with Sender Schools
  • Assist in Educational Identification of students on the spectrum
  • Assist in developing and monitoring Performance Assessment of identified students
  • At the building level, provide the first line of response for
    • Questions
    • Curiosities
    • Crisis
  • Facilitate Friendship Groups
  • Facilitate Positive Transitions
  • Provide Sensitivity & Awareness Trainings or support other staff in doing so
  • Provide team level support
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Provide building level support
    • Lunch & Learns
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Provide cross building level support
    • Lunch & Learns
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Provide family support
    • Lunch & Learns
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Provide Sender School support
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Provide community support
    • Consultation
    • Training
  • Serve as community liaisons

STAFF SUPPORT

Students with autism present very unique challenges to the staff who support them.  Staff at all levels must have a thorough understanding of what the experience of autism is like for each student they support.  They also must have a thorough understanding of the kinds of supports that are effective.  The District is committed to providing staff with ongoing proactive and responsive supports around these students.
   
Activities of staff support (to be provided by ART, NSSEO consultant, outside autism consultants) include but are not limited to:
  • Development of a referral process
  • Intervention Log for students (on shared server)
  • District wide proactive training
  • District wide proactive consultation
  • District wide responsive training
  • Building Level General Training
  • Building Level Specific Training
  • Building Level Responsive Training
  • Building Level consultation
  • School Team Level General Training (group or student specific)
  • School Team Level Specific Training (group or student specific)
  • School Team Level Responsive Training (group or student specific)
  • School Team Level consultation (group or student specific)
  • Training and Support Topics include but are not limited to:
    • The Experience of Autism  
    • Learning Characteristics of Autism
    • Accommodations
    • Sensory Integration
    • Communication
    • Understanding movement differences
    • Inclusion
    • Writing meaningful IEPs
    • Identification of Autism   
    • Assessment for performance (DATA)
    • Non-aversive behavior management
    • Etc.
 
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