By Darren Spencer and Gaye Bungart
It is the Special Education Department’s mission that all students with disabilities will feel valued as members of their learning community.
We believe with access to individualized and evidence-based practices, students will make meaningful growth. Using clear communication pathways, we invest in staff, families and students through listening, collaborating and educating.
We support staff with professional learning opportunities in:
- Compliance and legal mandates
- Effective, evidence-based practices
- Curriculum resources
- Data based decision making
- Efficient progress monitoring.
Our department provides meaningful, inclusive opportunities for all students with disabilities. These opportunities and student access to them are as unique and individualized as the students we serve.
Inclusive practices are observed in classrooms and schools across the district. Please watch for future Insider articles that will highlight the work Highline staff do every day on behalf of students with disabilities.
About the Special Education Department
The Special Education Department currently supports 3,080 students who qualify for programs from birth to age 21. The department includes two administrators, office staff and program specialists. Program specialists provide direct support to buildings and teams in developing strategies that assist students in accessing instruction through the use of high leverage practices.