Middlefork Student Services

Learning Resource Support

Learning Resource services are provided to students that demonstrate unique educational programming needs. Therefore, special education services are NOT necessarily contingent upon eligibility under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), and often occur in the context of an RtI process.

At Middlefork School, three full-time certified special education teachers, with support of a number of teaching associates and in collaboration with our general education staff, provide assessment,remedial instruction, pre-teaching, direct instruction, co-teaching,curriculum modification, curricular/instructional differentiation support, emotional/behavioral support, and case management services. Every effort is made to provide our special education resource services in the general education classroom (Least Restrictive Environment).

All student services provided by District 29 are under the supervision of Emily Dunham, Director of Student Services. For more information regarding special education resource services at Middlefork School, please contact Ms. Dunham or one of the Student Services teachers.

Response to Intervention

The ISBE now requires that any student suspected of having a Learning Disability must be determined eligible for services through a Response to Intervention (RtI) assessment framework.

RtI consists of three essential components: providing high quality, research-based instruction/intervention matched to student needs, using data regarding learning rate over time and level of performance, and making educational decisions based upon student’s response to instruction/intervention. Sunset Ridge School District utilizes an RtI approach to evaluating the needs and special education eligibility that includes a series of progressively more intensive intervention and progress monitoring systems designed to match student needs to appropriate services.

For general information about Response to Intervention and special education, click the following links:

Special Education Eligibility and Criteria within an RtI Framework:

http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/pdfs/sped_rti_framework.pdf

School Counseling & Psychology

Social, emotional, and behavioral supports are available to students demonstrating needs in these areas. Services include assessment, counseling, direct instruction, resource linkages, and case management.

For more information regarding mental health services at Middlefork School, please contact:

Speech & Language Pathology

District 29 provides services for student with speech and or language impairments. Services include individual and small group speech therapy, inclusion supports, and case management services.

For more information regarding speech & language services at Middlefork School, please contact:

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