Plans and Goals for Students with Unique Abilities

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) is a program designed to help students with disabilities progress through school and prepare for life after they graduate. There are a number of additions/changes that can be implemented to improve this program. In this post, I layout my plans and goals for ESE students.

Plans and Goals for Students with Unique Abilities

  • Create an OCPS-wide ESE advisory council with sub-committees in each district that meet monthly with families to discuss needs and concerns. Sub-committees will report to advisory council and work to solve problems effectively and quickly.
  • Increased training and staff development for primary general education teachers in early identification and referral of learning difficulties.
  • Increased staffing in district ESE division.
  • Better training and pay of para teachers for ESE students.
  • Better transition services for high school ESE students through open collaboration with families.
  • Improve open door policy for allowing outside interventions and advisers that parents hire to help their ESE children.
  • Traveling ESE trained Art/Music or other special area teachers to selected schools to provide desired electives for ESE students.
  • Expansion of peer mentoring programs between general education students and ESE students to assist in academic guidance and life skills to encourage social inclusion.
  • Increased partnerships with local business for workforce training, apprenticeships, and hiring of our ESE population high school students.