The Coos Bay School District uses scientifically based research and curriculum to teach our students. Students in elementary schools are given direct instruction in small groups of 4 to 8 students of the same ability as well as push in to the general educaiton classroom. We try and align our math and reading at all grade levels to the programs in the general classrooms so that students can eventually transition back to the general classroom. All special education classroom have SMART Boards and other technology available for us my teachers and students. All elementary and many secondary classrooms in both general educaiton and in special educaiton have voice amplification systems to make the voice of the teacher or a student be louder so that students can hear the speaker with more clarity.
Resource support in our lower grades is targeted towards specific learning skills, while support in our high school is targeted towards preparing students to transition to an independent adult life.
Our Resource Team is led by Special Programs Director Lisa DeSalvio. Lisa has National Board Certification in the area of Exceptional Needs in special education. There are very few nationally certified teachers in Oregon, and we are pleased to have not just one, but two on our Resource Room Team, with Cheryl Schindele earning certification in the fall of 2004.
The Respoource Team incorporate science and social studies into our reading programs by using curriculum that starts with basic word fundamentals. We then build on the fundamentals by using vocabulary and concepts from the fields of science and social studies. The result is that students not only learn to read with more comprehension, but simultaneously become familiar with words and concepts they will be exposed to in other curriculum.
As students move into high school, our curriculum continues the educational component and adds components that help students transition to an independent adult life. Activities that help the students transition to adult living are tailored to the individuals needs and include learning how to budget, work experience, and daily living skills. We have a Youth Transision Specialist provided by Voc Rehad and South Coast ESD to assist students to transition to adult lives and jobs.
High school students in our resource program may either work towards a regular diploma, extended or a modified diploma. Students trying to attain a regular diploma continue to receive instruction tailored to their learning needs. When appropriate, students are provided Assistive Technology devices and aids. These devices might include voice recognition software, AlphaSmarts, Netbooks and FM hearing aids. Our school district is currently testing a pilot program of providing IPADS and IPODS to some students who can’t otherwise access all of the districts on-line offerings and communications.
Resource Room Team Members:
Lisa DeSalvio – Special Programs Director
Blossom Gulch Elementary School Carol Su’a – Teacher
Madison Elementary School Michelle Boice -Teacher
Millicoma Intermediate School Jeff Maddess – Teacher Julie Entz – Teacher
Sunset Middle School Kitty DeMoss – Teacher Debra Dunbar – Teacher Cheryl Schindele-Teacher
Destinations Michelle Boice– Teacher
Marshfield High School Kayla Crook – Teacher, Doug Landrum-Teacher, Mike Seedborg – Teacher, James Johnson – Teacher, Melanie Cook – Teacher