What key supports and services are important for students with Special Education needs to experience success at school and reach their full potential?
In the spring of 2023, Educational Services facilitated a Special Education Review to gather input and feedback from various stakeholders related to Special Education supports and services within the school district. As the needs of our students change, it is necessary to review and sometimes revise resources, supports, and services that are provided to students. This review is part of our annual process to ensure programs and services continue to meet the needs of all Limestone students in safe and inclusive learning environments. As with previous Special Education Reviews, goals of the review are to examine resource allocation, strengthen partnerships, leverage supports, and identify professional learning opportunities for staff.
Limestone students, staff, families, community members, and community stakeholders were consulted through an online survey platform, ThoughtExchange, to collect a wide variety of qualitative data on the question, “What key supports and services are important for students with Special Education needs to experience success at school and reach their full potential?”
Over 2,900 participants and 3,572 thoughts were shared. Participants rated over 60,000 thoughts and the input will be so valuable to our future planning. In addition to the ThoughtExchange tool, Educational Services staff met with a variety of focus groups to further explore this question and provide an opportunity to reflect on some of the initial data gathered.
Four key themes emerged as important to the greatest percentage of respondents and resonated with participants:
- Staff Support/Human Resources (e.g., Individual Help, Support from Staff)
- Inclusive and Supportive Culture (e.g., Classroom Culture, School/Home Connection)
- Individualized Supports and Accommodations (e.g., Regulation Tools and Strategies, Technology)
- Programs and Programming (e.g., Specialized Programs, Small Group/Peer Support)
The Educational Services team continues to reflect on the data gathered and examine how our current goals and priorities align with feedback from our school communities. Areas for exploration, growth and improvement will be identified and embedded in the 2023-24 monitoring plan.