May 19, 2013
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0660
Our primary responsibility as a
student-centered community is to create a learning environment and
program that addresses the educational needs of all students. The
goal of Special Education is to provide appropriate services to
support students in accessing general education curriculum while
meeting New York State learning standards and preparing for post
The Special Education Department works in partnership with all of our schools to provide the leadership and direction in implementing appropriate interventions, instruction and accommodations to students with special needs.
Director of Special Education: Michelle Mylod
Department Secretary: Marie Caschera
Academic Administrator - Elementary CSE Chairperson: Lisa Knowles
Academic Administrator - Middle School CSE Chairperson: Celeste Keane
Academic Administrator - High School CSE Chairperson: Jill Barker
Preschool Special Education Chairperson - Michele Boretti
Our primary responsibility as a student-centered community partnership is to provide appropriate services to support students accessing to the general curriculum. The emphasis will be on providing appropriate interventions, instruction and accommodations to students with special needs. Students with a range of physical, social, emotional, and psychological needs, as well as varying levels of intellectual development, are part of this community. As such, they are entitled to instruction that meets their needs, encourages personal growth and independence, and allows them to be contributing members of society.
Students with special needs will be educated, to the greatest extent possible, with non-disabled peers. Instruction will take place in their home schools, or as close as possible, and include all of the special education services each child needs to be successful. Individualized programs will be developed which allow for varied learning styles and approaches and will be adjusted to meet a student’s needs. Efforts will be made to optimize special education programs within the physical capabilities and fiscal realities of the district.
Within the instructional environment, each student will be treated with dignity and respect, enabling him or her to function as an equal member of the larger group. The community’s commitment to fostering acceptance and respect for all students cannot be forgotten. It is each stakeholder’s responsibility to promote and model support for all children. This partnership, which includes active parent participation, will enhance acceptance and self-esteem of students with varying needs and maximize each student’s potential.
In the quick links you will find support documents for parents. For more explicit definitions and guidelines, please reference Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the commissioner of Education and Article 89 of New York State's Consolidated Laws. These are available through www.nysed.gov/vesid/publications.