District 75

Departments

D75 Departments

The following programs and services are provided by District 75:

Applied Learning

Develops the skills students need to become productive members of society.  There are currently three Applied Learning Initiatives:

  • Debate: Students use research, analytical and performance skills to debate both in-person and online via live webcast with their peers throughout New York City.
  • 3-D Worlds: Students work in a three-dimensional, virtual world designed for the learning and practice of social, communication, and life skills, including independent travel, banking, financial decision making, and setting up a first apartment
  • Plant Learn Grow: Students use planting and gardening to learn about sustainability and urban farming.
Contact: Cara Coffina (212) 802-1545
Arts

Provides professional development, assistance procuring grants and funding, and develops partnerships and collaborations between schools and the cultural community.

  • Everyday Arts for Special Education Program
    • Developed by a $4.6 million i3 Investing in Innovation 5 year research grant awarded by the US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement to increase teachers’ ability to effectively apply multi-disciplinary arts-based strategies for students with disabilities and to improve students’ communication and socialization skills in support of academic skills acquisition and arts proficiency. Training in the EASE methodology for elementary standard assessment and elementary and middle alternate assessment students is available to all teachers through District 75’s professional development offerings.
  • EASE Everyday Arts Network Program
    • A 4 year (2014-2017) Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant awarded by the US Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement to study the efficacy of different delivery models for the EASE program methodology such as in class direct mentoring versus on line training and mentoring and establishment of an on-line EASE Community.
  • Laser Painting
    • Specialized program to provide access to the painting experience for students with inarticulate use of their hands.
Contact Katherine Mikulewicz (212) 802-1585
Assessment & Accountability
  • Handles assessments for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12; the resulting performance data; links between assessment and instructional practices; and Annual School Report Cards.
  • Assist schools with data management and DOE systems including ATS, SESIS and STARS.
  • Supports teachers, administrators, and other staff in addressing the needs of students who participate in Alternate Assessment by facilitating trainings, providing support, and assisting inquiry teams in analyzing data in order to make instructional decisions that meet students where they are, are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards, and lead to student growth.
  • Provide professional development and support for the IEP writing process and regulations guiding IEPs.

Individual Education Program
An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is the guiding document for a student's educational program. It includes all of the goals, objectives, and present levels of performance and related services that are recommended for the student.

There are 5 steps in the Special Education process:

  1. Initial referral or "request for referral" 
  2. Evaluation 
  3. The IEP team meeting
  4. Recommendations
  5. Review
Contact: Mary-Margret Little (212) 802-1560
Assistive Technology
Info, Forms & Resources

Provides professionally trained, multi-disciplinary teams to see if technology can help students perform skills that they cannot otherwise do either because of  physical/developmental delays or deficits These tech solutions may include tools for handwriting, voice output communication devices, computers, amplifiers, switches, etc.

Once students receive Assistive Technology, it is added to their IEPs and becomes a requirement to be integrated into the student's school program.

Contact: Karen Gorman (212) 802-1530
Attendance

 Info & Resources

 Provides information and resources to schools and programs on requirements and resources relating to the needs of students.

  • Home Schooling
  • Chapter 683
  • Attendance Improvement, Drop Prevention
  • Principal’s Portal for Attendance Information
  • Access Media Releases in 10 languages
Contact: Joan Boreland (917) 256-4262
Autism
Info, Forms & Resources
The Office of Autism ensures instructional practices reflecting the individual needs of students with autism--including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those with severe cognitive deficits--are addressed. By providing staff with training that helps them apply a deeper understanding of the culture of autism, students' learning, communication and independence is enhanced.
In addition, the Department of Autism:
  • Coordinates and unifies professional development activities
  • Serves as a resource to D75 programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); 
  • Supports instructional programs of students with ASD via the provision of training for school-based coaches and lead teachers
  • Provides coaching supports, with the areas of focus including assessment, goal writing, instructional methodologies, establishment of communication systems, challenging behaviors, and motivation/reinforcement systems
  • Supports infusion of ABA philosophy and implementation of behaviorally-based instructional strategies (ABA-VB, TEACCH, PECS), including systematic data collection;
  • Supports staff in assessing students' behaviors and conducting reinforcer assessments; and 
  • Maintains linkages with advocacy groups, consultants/university settings.
  • Provides training and assistance for parents of students with autism spectrum disorders
Contact: Thomasina Maxwell (917) 256-4268
Counseling
Info, Forms & Resources

Supports the mental health needs of students providing individual and group counseling to students as determined by their IEPs. There are three tiers of service that counselors and clinicians provide:

  • Tier I: Collaborate with school staff to create respectful, positive, and safe learning environments for students. Help implement school-wide programs and offer support and professional development on mental health, behavior issues, and instructional support.
  • Tier II: Meet more frequently with students, families and school staff to identify academic and behavioral issues impeding learning. Consult with parents about community-based resources and help identify interventions that address students’ needs.
  • Tier III: Conduct and coordinate Functional Behavioral Assessments for students who demonstrate the need for additional behavioral support. Assist with the development, implementation, and progress monitoring of individualized behavioral programs, and consult with behavioral committees. Interview students regarding sexual harassment and incidents of bullying according to Chancellor’s regulations. Identify contributory factors that lead to suicidal ideations and actions and determine when outside psychiatric/therapeutic services are warranted.
Contact: Roslyn Hoff (917) 256-4273/4269
Early Childhood
Serves 3-4 year olds in Pre-Kindergarten and 5-7 year olds in Kindergarten-second grade.

Recommendation for placement in D75 Prekindergarten is made via an evaluation by the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE). 
Recommendations for placement in D75 K- 2 classes are made at the Turning 5 evaluation or through an evaluation by the School-based Support Team. 

While some classes are in self-contained buildings, many are located within a community school. This gives students the opportunity to interact with their peers, close to their zoned school and is consistent with the goal of the mission of the DOE Shared Pathway to Success.

Professional Development:
  • Pre-K teachers have access to Professional Development during the DOE 4 non-attendance days
  • K-2 teachers have access throughout the school year

Topics include: developmental stages across all domains; appropriate early childhood instructional practices; aligning with the Common Core Learning Standards and the Danielson Framework for Teaching; analysis of assessment data to help in instructional decision-making.

District 75 Pre-Kindergarten Programs 2015-16

Contact Ana Gomez (212) 802-1555
Educational Vision Services
Provides Braille instruction, Nemeth Code, large print and utilizes non-optical low vision devices. EVS teachers help students to obtain academic, social, vocational and life adjustment skills. In addition, Literacy and the acquisition of information is supported through the use of tactile, visual and auditory strategies.

This service is provided for students who are blind or have a visual impairment with visual acuity at, or worse than, 20/70 in the better eye with correction or limitations in visual acuity and visual fields, which adversely affect student performance.

Contact Gregory Santamoor (917) -256-4201
Supervisors Giovanka Brignoni, Maria Fridas
English Language Learners

Provides an array of unique services, including:

  • Bilingual and ESL instruction
  • Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs

to Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners (LEP/ELLs) between the ages of 4.9 and 21 years of age with moderate to severe disabilities.

Contact: Maryann Polesinelli (212) 802-1624
Health Services
Info, Forms& Resources
Addresses the specific health needs of students and ensures a safe educational environment that allows the students to benefit from their primary educational program. Professional development opportunities are offered on OSHA/PESH Regulations, Immunization compliance, Bloodborne Pathogens/Right to Know and Vision Screenings.

Office of School Health Contact Numbers

Contact Joan Boreland (917) 256-4262
Hearing Education Services

Info, Forms & Resources

Provides intensive instruction in speech reading, auditory training, and language development. HES provides instructional support in the areas of academic support, social and vocational skills, literacy and assists in acquisition of information through use of oral and American Sign Language (ASL).

The service is provided to student who are deaf and/or hard of hearing whose loss adversely affects student performance.

Contact: Helen D. Kaufman (917) 256-4236
Supervisors: (917) 256-4224
Charmaine Brown, Charmain Charles, Karen Edwards, Marcela Gonzalez, Danielle O’Connell & Debra Trapanotto
Human Resources
Info, Forms & Resources

Provides district-wide support in all employment related matters.

Contact Catherine Ammirati or Michael Harrington
Inclusive Education

Info, Forms & Resources

Provides special education services in the general education classroom. This means that students:

  • Ideally attend their home-zoned school and have the same options for school attendance as typical neighborhood peers
  • Are in age-appropriate general education class, and receive all the special education services and supports needed to participate and succeed within the context of general education
  • Receive adaptations to their curriculum, activities, materials, and/or schedule in order to address their individual goals and objectives as specified on their IEPs
  • Participate in activities and classes in numbers which reflect the natural proportions of individuals with disabilities within the community at large
  • Maintain their classification, only the location and method of delivery of special education services change.
Contact Ruchika Chopra (212) 802-1519
Instructional Technology & UDL
Info, Forms& Resources
Provides instruction and professional development, equipment disbursement (both programmatic and IEP-driven), and technology support to schools, teachers, administrators, and parents. In addition, it supports the following initiatives:
  • The MOUSE Squad
    This Middle school/high school program trains students to repair computers and other hardware in their schools. It creates an in-house help desk for hardware repair.
  • Professional Development
    Offering ongoing and embedded trainings on everything from using smart boards for standardized and alternate assessment, to anger management strategies and therapeutic crisis interventions. 
  • Technology Liaisons
    These school-based liaisons are trained in best practices, aligning the common core standards as well as hands-on training which they turnkey to their schools. They meet monthly with each other and the Director of Technology
  • D75 Videos
    The nature of the videos are documentary, instructive, illustrative, whimsical, and most of all, respectful of the authentic practice, and experience, of teachers, students and administrators
  • UDL (Universal Design for Learning)
    The Purpose of Universal Design for Learning is to direct teaching staff to be more aware of learning styles and obstacles that interfere with effective student engagement and learning. Innovative approaches utilizing commonly available consumer technology and access options can change the game for struggling students. We teach what supports there are imbedded into every computer or mobile device that will provide auditory support while reading, help organize information and build confidence for students to be able to learn. Staff learn about alternate methods for students to produce work that is effective and illustrative of what they have learned. Staff leave with the tools they need to be more innovative in their teaching and feel more confident to empower students to learn. In addition, we follow-up with teachers in their schools.
Contact Leslie Schecht (212) 802-1597
Literacy

Enhances literacy programs in all District 75 schools, by providing instructional support to:

  • Individual teachers
  • Teacher teams
  • School administration

so that all children are instructed based upon the needs of their IEP so that they may become lifelong readers and writers.
Ongoing professional development workshops in various literacy areas are offered and follow up support is provided by the literacy team.

Contact Raizel Blau (212)-802-1618
Occupational Therapy

Info. Forms & Resources

Provides Related Services under Part B of IDEA to support a student's Individualized Education Program.

School-Based Occupational Therapists:

  • Work collaboratively with the student's IEP team and participate to evaluate, program, plan, and monitor

  • Design services to maintain, improve, or restore function of students in all education-related activities, including neuro-musculoskeletal function, motor function including fine motor, oral motor and visual motor integration, sensory and perceptual function, cognitive, and psychosocial function.

  • Emphasize independence in daily living skills and school participation in various settings including classroom, bathroom, cafeteria, and playground.


For information on Occupational Therapy services please email d75info@schools.nyc.gov 
Office of Related and Contractual Services

Contracted agencies are issued transmittals requesting service for students who are unable to seen by a DoE related service provider. When a contracted agency cannot provide such service a Related Service Authorization (RSA) is issued.
The independent provider may come to the school or the student’s home, or a caregiver may take the student to the practitioner’s office. (Carfare reimbursement is available)

A DoE provider who is serving a student as an independent contractor can only serve a child before or after school hours.

*All RSAs for Hearing and Vision Related Services should be referred to District 75 ORCS.

Resources:

Contact: Barbi L. Shames (212) 802-1535 

Physical Education/
Adaptive P.E.
Info, Forms & Resources
Supports schools and teachers as they help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that lead to lifelong physical, mental, emotional and social wellness.



Contact: Hiroyuki (Yuki) Yamada (212) 802-1640
Physical Therapy

Info, Forms & Resources

Provides Related Services under Part B of IDEA to support a student's Individualized Education Program.

School-based Physical Therapists:

  • Work collaboratively with the student's IEP team and participate to evaluate, program, plan, and monitor
  • Assess the gross motor skills of students with atypical development including balance, coordination, posture, and mobility within the school environment.
  • Identify possible architectural barriers
  • Evaluate seating and positioning needs
  • Provide equipment recommendations.
  • Train school staff on ways to incorporate interventions and practice of motor skills into the classroom schedule

Physical Therapy is delivered so that students can continue their daily education schedule, with the least amount of interruption possible, and the least amount of attention directed toward the disability.

For information on Physical Therapy services please email d75info@schools.nyc.gov 
Related Services
Provides developmental, corrective and other support services required to assist students with disabilities to benefit from instruction.

Contact Helen Kaufman (917) 256-4236
Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Supports (RTI/PBS)

Provides assistance to schools through facilitation of PBIS Workgroups, technical support in PBIS data ((pbisapps.org)) and professional development in Crisis Intervention (TCI and LSCI) and Behavior Supports. The emphasis is on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive and safe school environments (pbis.org).

Contact: Ana Gomez (212) 802-1555, Natasha Davidson or Glazen Celerio, PhD
Safety & Suspensions
Info, Forms & Resources

Helps schools create and maintain safe and supportive environments for students, staff and the school community. School climate has a significant effect on students’ academic achievement and behavior and as such, our focus is to assist schools in developing systems and structures for teaching expected behaviors and social skills.

Office of Safety and Suspensions includes:

  • Staff professional development best practices
  • Guidance in the Weighted Incident Exemption Process
  • Technical assistance in all aspects of safety and suspension

District 75 follows the Chancellor's Regulations for suspensions.



Contact Mary Mason Simpson (212) 802-1654
Science
Info, Forms & Resources
Provides opportunities for students to become immersed in a variety of hands-on/minds-on learning experiences that are interesting, stimulating and relevant to the lives of students with special needs.

To accomplish this goal, D75 Science teams:
  • Create and support high-quality professional development materials for teachers
  • Identify and disseminate effective standards-based curriculum resources
  • Provide opportunities for a broad spectrum of project-based learning experiences in our schools including exit projects, school gardens/ponds/horticulture, and robotics
  • Collaborate with various scientific and technology institutions and educational facilities
Contact Leslie Schecht (212) 802-1597
Sign Language Interpreting Services

Provides Sign Language Interpreting Services for all DoE students requiring ASL support.

Info and Request Forms

Contact Beth Prevor (212) 689-4020 (V/TTY)
Social Studies
Helps all students use a variety of learning skills to demonstrate their understanding of:
  • major ideas
  • eras
  • themes
  • developments
  • turning points
in the history of the United States, New York and World History. Students also gain an understanding ofGeography, Civics, Citizenship, Government and Economics.

Professional Development
Teachers are offered PD opportunities to help them create innovative, differentiated lessons that appeal to our diverse community of learners.

Contact Raizel Blau (212) 802-1618
Speech
Info, Forms & Resources

Provides Speech and Language Services to mandated students in schools and programs serving pupils with moderate to severe disabilities. Speech/Language/Communication Programs support therapeutic intervention through the use of oral language, assistive technology and collaboration with classroom teachers and other support staff. In addition, speech teachers provide intervention in the following areas:

  • Auditory Processing
  • Articulation /Phonological Disorders
  • Comprehension & Use of Semantics 
  • Pragmatics
Contact Helen D. Kaufman (917) 256-4236
Supervisors: Suzanne Fabel, Melissa Fenice, Gina Fenoaltea, Jenny Figaro, Madelyn Fink, Matt Kostel, Alexandra Krayets, Betsy Mandel, Emma Monaco, Maria Rosaly Santos & Jacqueline Toscano
STEM: Mathematics

Info, Forms & Resources

District 75 is committed to providing our schools with mathematics support in both standardized and alternate classrooms. Through year-long workshops, followed up with classroom visits, we support teachers as they engage their students in their chosen math program. As part of the STEM department, we collaborate closely with our science, engineering and technology partners to provide 21st century skills for teachers, students and administrators.

Contact Leslie Schecht (212) 802-1597
Teacher Effectiveness

Info, Forms & Resources

D75's Office of Teacher Effectivenes:s:

  • Is a resource for supporting and enhancing the pedagogical practices of teachers;
  • Provides administrators with tools to assist and “norm” their observational practices to support those teachers.
Contact: Karen Anderson  (212) 802-1554
Transition
Info, Forms& Resources
Focuses on improving the academic and functional achievement of children with disabilities to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities. 

The transition coordinator at each school ensures appropriate transition and transition IEP planning for students. The coordinator also works closely with other school personnel to initiate, implement and monitor transition services within the school. Additionally, the coordinator collaborates with vocational rehabilitation and adult service agencies to assist in the development of new programs and the restructuring of existing programs to accommodate the needs and desires of students as they  exit the school system

Contact Natalie McQueen (212) 802-1568
Travel Training
Referral Form | Pupil Profile

Supports students, schools, parents, and agencies in the inclusion of purposeful movement and transportation and travel-related skills into school instructional programs. The ability to purposefully direct our own movement to fulfill our needs, to gradually navigate safely and independently through environments, and, to use public transportation to travel to specific destinations is an essential component for participation in the range of opportunities available in the community. You can read the latest Travel Training newsletter here.

Contact Peggy Groce (212) 802-1625