The mission of the Office of Inclusive Education is to support all students with diverse abilities and needs in general education classes and throughout the community school’s environment.
“Special Education is a Service Not a Place"
The inclusive programs developed by the District 75 Office of Inclusive Education serve students in kindergarten through high school in general education classrooms throughout the city. Students attend with the support of a District 75 Special Education Teacher Support Service provider, aka SETSS provider. The SETSS provider adapts and/ or modifies curriculum from general education classes based on the student’s identified needs in the IEP to provide access to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), and supervises the work of the team. A paraprofessional accompanies dyads or triads of students to general education classes as mandated by individual IEPs, and supports all students in the class with a focus on the students from District 75. Based on this model, students are also supported on college campuses; we currently have non-credit bearing programs at Queens College, Pace University, Lehman College, Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College.
- The student ideally attends his/her home-zoned school and has the same options for school attendance as typical peers;
- The student has membership in an age-appropriate general education class and the common core learning standards (CCLS) for that grade, and receives all the special education services and supports needed to participate and succeed within the context of general education;
- The curriculum, activities, materials, and/or schedule are adapted and/ or modified to address the student's individual goals and objectives as specified on the IEP;
- The student participates in activities and classes in numbers which reflect the natural proportions of individuals with disabilities within the community at large; and
- The student's classification remains the same; only the location and method of delivery of special education services change.
The staff of the Office of Inclusive Education provides training, encourages team building, and delivers individualized assistance to students, parents, school staff, and community members.