• Kyrene Middle School

    Inclusion Policy



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    Kyrene Middle School is a candidate school* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students. *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

     

     

    Kyrene Middle School
    International Baccalaureate Candidate School
    Middle Years Programme


    Inclusion Policy

    Programme standards and practices

    Standard A9:

    The school supports access for students to the IB programme(s) and philosophy.

    Standard A9a:

    The school strongly encourages participation for all students.

    Standard B1.5b:

    The school has developed and implements an inclusion/special educational needs policy that is consistent with IB expectations and with the school’s admissions policy.

    Standard B2.8:

    The school provides support for its students with learning and/or special educational needs and support for their teachers.

    Standard C1.6:

    Collaborative planning and reflection incorporates differentiation for students’ learning needs and styles.

    Standard C2.10:

    The written curriculum integrates the policies developed by the school to support the programme.

    Standard C3.10:

    Teaching and learning differentiates instruction to meet students’ learning needs and styles.

    Introduction

    Kyrene Middle School, an IB MYP programme candidate school, recognizes that students come from a variety of backgrounds and that they all have different learning strengths, challenges, styles, and levels of life experiences. We work together to remove obstacles that impede students’ learning.  Part of our culture of students at KMS are those diagnosed with special educational needs. Multiple teaching strategies are executed to differentiate instruction and make learning accessible to all.

    Kyrene District Policy

    Kyrene School District offers a special education program based upon a partnership between regular education and special education.

    Student programming, based upon needs and not eligibility categories, ensures that all children can learn and all educators share the responsibility to make learning happen.

    At Kyrene Middle School, we follow the federal guidelines set up to protect the education of students with disabilities, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act).  IDEA is designed to protect students rights by ensuring that all children receive a free, appropriate, public education regardless of ability level. IDEA in addition, provides additional special education services and procedural safeguards to those with disabilities.

    Kyrene Middle School uses RTI (Response to Intervention) model to provide intervention to those students that need additional support in their learning.  RTI is a three tiered model whereas the intensity of the interventions increase based on the needs of the student. The goal is to intervene early and continuously to allow success for all students.  RTI may not have the desired effect on some students and at that point, they may be tested for special educational needs.

    Examples of Educational Needs (SEN)

    • Specific learning disability
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Emotional and behavioral disabilities
    • Speech and language impairment
    • Hearing impairment
    • Vision impairment
    • Physical impairment
    • Autism spectrum disorders

    Supports Frequently Used

    • Assistive technology
    • Small group instruction
    • One-on-one instruction
    • Extended time
    • Simplified directions
    • Behavioral modifications
    • Alternative testing environment
    • Accommodated/modified materials
    • Homework support
    • Para-educator support
    • Remediation and enrichment

    Responsibilities

    Responsibilities of the school

    • Provide teachers and instructional aides with process and procedures for them to follow
    • Provide training on equitable instruction
    • Provide data tracking devices (for intervention data)
    • Stays in compliance with ADA

    Responsibilities of the Case Manager

    • Work collaboratively with faculty and parents to abet students with learning support requirements
    • Discuss and elaborate on the students’ IEPs so that teachers and aides are aware of the support and accommodations each student requires
    • Maintain records
    • Conference with students to set goals, develop steps to reach the goal, and reflect on the outcome as well as the process

    Responsibilities of the Teachers

    • Teach without discrimination in the most dignified and respectful manner.
    • Meet all requirements set forth in an IEP or 504
    • Provide intervention to those whose data determines a need for additional support.
    • Track data on the academic/behavioral growth of the student
    • Collaborate with subject group colleagues and SEN teachers on how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
    • When unit planning, work with subject-group colleagues to accurately, purposefully plan for differentiation so all students have access to the curriculum
    • Provide feedback for and/or attend IEP meetings

    Responsibilities of the Parents

    • Work in partnership with teachers and support staff to ensure a quality education for their student.
    • Play an active role in their student’s education.
    • Know what their child is entitled to as a student with educational needs
    • Communicate all changes to the student’s learning support documents
    • Attend IEP meetings

    Responsibilities of the Student

    • Work toward self-advocacy
    • Work toward being an active IEP team member by participating in discussions regarding their education
    • Work at knowing what they are entitled to as a student with educational needs

     

    Reviewed on 12/11/2018 by:

    School Administrators

    SEN Teachers

     

    Approved on :12/11/2018

    Next review: December 2019

     

    References

    "Programs and Services." Kyrene School District . N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Aug. 2017.

    Inclusion Policy for Fairview International School.

    IB Coordinator Support Materials, 2014

     

Last Modified on December 11, 2018