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Special Education Services

At MES, special education services are provided to students in grades Kindergarten to 5th grade in a wide variety of disability areas.  Services help students meet personalized goals set in their IEPs and are provided through a continuum of settings.  To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled.

Self-contained Program - Students who require more intensive special education instruction are placed in a self-contained classroom.  The self-contained teacher and the instructional assistant help students with their academic and/or behavioral objectives in a more restrictive special education environment.

Resource Pull-Out Programs - Some students are pulled out of their classroom for periods of time in order to provide small group instruction in a Resource Room setting. These students work on re-mediating skills, learning strategies, concept reinforcement, and behavioral issues. The smaller group setting allows children to receive more one-to-one attention.

Collaborative Teaching - Collaboration between special education teachers and classroom teachers is an effective tool to help students who are trying to improve skills and behavior in their classroom.  With teachers working together in the classroom, the student receives the full benefits of individualized help when needed while still remaining in his or her classroom and participating in the wide range of classroom experiences.  In addition, the whole class benefits from having more "teaching hands" available.

Consultative Services - The special education teachers at Mechanicsville Elementary also serve as consultants to classroom teachers and school staff. They participate in support and child study committees to help provide assistance indirectly for students who may be struggling in their classroom. A consultative approach is also appropriate for some special education students whose progress and growth can be monitored by the classroom teacher with occasional brainstorming and sharing with the special education teachers.

Instructional Assistants Services Instructional Assistants play an integral role in working with classroom and special education teachers and students. These valuable assistants monitor medical and physical needs, help students achieve in their classrooms, and collect data on IEP goals.


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