Special Education Program
Our special education program adheres to the philosophy that all scholars are entitled to the individualized supports necessary to maximize his/her potential. We empower teachers and scholars to achieve excellence in all aspects of our scholar’s social/emotional/behavioral and academic lives. We work diligently to provide quality education that prepares all scholars to enter and excel in rigorous, post-secondary outcomes.
Through collaborative efforts with staff, families and community partners, we are committed to the following:
- Acknowledging the needs of diverse learners through inclusive practices and specialized instruction
- Implementing evidence-based practices and instruction as outlined on Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s)
- Encouraging scholars and families to advocate for their support needs
- Creating a safe climate for scholar learning and development
- Collaborating with community supports to improve and increase parent/family-school involvement.
- Working towards rigorous post-secondary options that prioritize self-determination for every scholar regardless of exceptionality
- Ensuring legal and ethical guidelines for special education services are implemented with fidelity
Scholars who need support outside of what is provided in the self-contained setting are reviewed on an individualized basis by the IEP team. After reviewing, the team problem-solves to determine the best programming and setting to meet at scholar’s needs. Unique ways in which we’ve provided additional support in the past include, but are not limited to 1:1 paraeducators, modified schedules, the addition of assistive technology devices (e.g., voice output device, text-to-speech software), adding related services (e.g., social work services, speech therapy, etc.).
Homebound services are provided when that setting best meets the needs of the scholar.
Special education services are provided at Crocker, as required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). According to the Louisiana Department of Education, support through special education and related services, require an evaluation to determine eligibility for those services. The special education department is managed by Noel Kennedy. Please contact Ms. Kennedy at (504) 335-0404 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the policies and procedures for special education identification, questions or concerns about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or any additional special education related questions.