Special Education

The District Management Council is dedicated to improving the lives and learning of students with special needs while managing costs for schools and taxpayers.

Focus Areas

Consistent Eligibility and Exit Criteria

Determining which students require special education services, what supports are appropriate, and when they can be faded is not cut and dry. Too much ambiguity and variation can harm students, prevent trust, and derail the budget.

Role of Paraprofessionals

A dedicated paraprofessional can provide invaluable supports for a child with disabilities, but without a clear understanding of the role of paraprofessionals, school districts face burgeoning costs but lagging achievement.

Reading Instruction and Intervention

Reading is the gateway to all other learning. Having an effective plan for reading instruction and intervention can dramatically increase the achievement of both general and special education students while being cost-effective.

Scheduling and Staffing Models

Strategic staffing and scheduling can better leverage the capacity and dedication of organization to meet the needs of students who struggle. With new models and ways of thinking, school districts can implement staffing and scheduling criteria that will be better for students and the budget.


Implementation Support

Grand, systemic strategies must ultimately yield to practical, day-to-day execution. An orientation toward action and results underpins all of DMC's services. But, even when a focus on execution helps to shape the initial design of a strategy, it can still be critical to dedicate a phase of work explicitly to implementation. An implementation phase reaches toward the ultimate purpose of any strategic plan: to improve outcomes for children. Read More

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