Student Support Processes / Response to Intervention
In order to effectively meet the needs of all students, teams of core teachers and inclusion teachers meet weekly with members of the student support team (Director of Student Culture, Counselors, and Director of Student Services) in a forum called Team Plus. The team identifies students who are considered at-risk for behavioral or academic concerns and who are not responding to primary levels of intervention within the classroom (those named in the school’s District Curriculum Accommodation Plan – DCAP). Teams identify students’ strengths and weakness, select strategies and interventions to implement, and gather data on the effectiveness of the interventions. If a student responds positively to the new strategies, teams continue to implement them, track progress, and schedule a follow up check-in meeting.
If a student does not demonstrate improvement in response to the new strategies, the team refers the student to the McAuliffe Intervention Team (MIT). The team members (including, but not limited to, the Executive Director, counselors, Dean of Students core teachers, often parents/guardians, and sometimes the student his/herself) use data gathered and background information to identify an underlying problem. Their goal is to figure out why a student is struggling. Team members brainstorm interventions that could help solve the problem. Finally, the team develops an action plan by identifying specific interventions to try, delegate members to try out these interventions, and collects data on the results of the interventions.
English Language Learners
Educational services for English Language Learners (ELL) are based on the individual needs of the student. Services provided to ELL students are designed to minimize barriers to educational services and extracurricular activities and to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive learning environment.
McAuliffe ELL staff use data collected from the Home Language Survey, completed by all families upon admission, to make preliminary identification of students who may benefit from ELL instruction. From there, review of academic records, parent/student interview, and WIDA assessment are used to make a recommendation for ELL service delivery and goals. IT is not rare for McAuliffe to re-enroll scholars into ELL services after they have been determined by the sending district that they will no longer need services.
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Special Education / 504
As a public charter school, McAuliffe is committed to working with families as a Team to transfer students with IEPs into the school and to provide comparable services to meet the students’ learning needs. In accordance with state and federal regulations the school ensures that all students receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Families should alert the school (via the enrollment process) that their child has an IEP or 504. Families should plan to attend their district’s IEP meeting in the spring in order to prepare an IEP for a Middle School Environment. Then, the family will meet with McAuliffe Special Educators for a transfer meeting where the team adjusts the IEP so that it aligns with the McAuliffe program and so that it provides comparable services.
Parents/guardians of students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in McAuliffe’s SE-PAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council). The SE-PAC is committed to providing families with information and support. Contact Elizabeth Kumpulanian if you have any questions about SE-PAC
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Parent’s Guide to Special Education: Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education” was developed to serve as a resource for parents and the organizations that serve them.
Notice of Procedural Safeguards: (formerly known ““Parent’s Rights Brochure”): The Parent’s Rights Brochure is designed to assist the parent in understanding the special education process, and the rights of the parent’s when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.