Posted by Timothy Pritchett at 7/13/2015 1:00:00 PM
Next week, MCCSC teachers begin training with Denise Lessow, Director of the Pinnacle School, Michi McClaine, District Transition Coordinator, Cheryl Lewandowski, MCCSC School Psychologist, along with district Literacy Coaches which includes the transition of many Pinnacle students into MCCSC schools. Teachers will meet in multiple sessions for professional development beginning July 22nd to learn new skills and strategies to work with students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Ultimately, these skills will support striving readers in the MCCSC schools. The MCCSC Literacy Continuum is dedicated to supporting a smooth transition for these students into general education classrooms, providing the supports they need, as well as providing intervention for all students.
On a related note, a few recent questions have been posed to us about MCCSC’s special education services and population of students with disabilities. The most recent report for the MCCSC from Indiana Department of Education lists 459 students identified as having a “Specific Learning Disability,” which includes dyslexia. 478 students are identified with a “Language/Speech Impairment.” In total, MCCSC serves 1751 students with disabilities or 14.7% of our student population. The State reports that 14.9% of students throughout all of Indiana have a disability.
As the transition approaches, parents with questions about the process or their individual student can contact Michi McClaine, District Transition Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org Class specifics and enrollment questions can be directed to individual building principals who return to the office on Monday, July 20, 2015.