Topic outline

  • General

    Special Education Department

    Special education at Eastchester Middle School seeks to provide middle school students with disabilities a continuum of services in order to maintain a full educational opportunity in the Least Restrictive Environment. This continuum of services establishes more options for students with disabilities to have access to the general education program with the appropriate supports and services.


    • Topic 1

      Resource Room Model

      This program provides students an opportunity to have different levels of support. This model is based on a collaborative process between the resource room teacher and all regular education teachers on the team. Students may be provided direct services in the resource room through the resource room teacher.

      In addition, resource room teachers may provide support to the student in the general education classroom by providing support in adjusting the learning environment or modifying instructional methods. All students, including general education students, benefit from this collaboration.

      • Topic 2

        Collaboration/Co-teaching Model

        Using this model, the general education and special education teachers work together to teach students with/without disabilities in a shared classroom. Both are responsible for instruction planning and delivery, student achievement, assessment, and classroom management. Students receive a rich curriculum and appropriate academics. The skills and knowledge from these two teachers creates a learning environment for all students.

        Collaboration is the foundation for teachers to plan differentiated learning experiences to best meet the needs of all learners. It stresses tiered assignments and products, differentiated learning strategies, modifications, and flexible grouping to better engage students and curricula.

        • Topic 3

          Special Class Model

          This program is for students who are not ready to access the general education classroom with support in specific subject areas. This is a multi-graded classroom that provides access to the general education curriculum in a small structured setting.

          • Topic 4

            Support Seminar

            When additional support is appropriate to meet the student’s needs, the student can receive the Support Seminar program. Special education teachers, through active collaboration with the academic teachers on their team, provide curriculum support and skill development through multi-sensory lessons incorporating team assignments.

            This program helps to prepare students for the New York State assessments. Students with disabilities receive support to access the high quality general education programs and achieve desired learning results. This program also services non-disabled students who are experiencing learning difficulties in general education as a prevention and support service.

            • Topic 5

              Speech and Language

              The Speech and Language program is designed to help students further develop their communication skills in areas that have an adverse educational impact on the student’s ability to access the curriculum or their individualized educational program. Several service models are available that include: individual treatment, small group instruction and/or push in services (The Speech & Language Teacher works with students in the classroom setting). These services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each student and maximize success in academics and/or activities of daily living.

              Language skill development includes:

              • Expressive Language development
              • Receptive Language development
              • Vocabulary development
              • Pragmatics (Social use of Language)
              • Syntax development
              • Listening comprehension
              • Writing skills
              • Auditory processing skills

              Speech skill development includes:

              • Fluency
              • Articulation

              In addition, the Speech Pathologist works with classroom teachers, support staff and parents so that skills acquired in the Speech and Language program are effectively used in the classroom as well as other areas of the student's life.