“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it
grows, not the flower.” -A. Heijer
At Tahoe Lake Elementary School, we believe in holding high expectations for all learners. Our special education program recognizes that all students learn in unique ways. What works for some learners may not be the best approach for others. We actively strive to help our learners identify their strengths and the strategies that work for them to ensure they reach their unique learning goals. We enjoy teaming with students, families, and school/home service providers in order to develop comprehensive support systems which foster students' academic, social, and emotional well-being.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): Our program strives to ensure that the exceptional students we support are educated alongside their general education classmates. When appropriate, we provide push-in support from an education specialist, instructional assistant and/or special service providers (Speech, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Adapted Physical Education, etc.) in consideration of students' individualized needs and goals. Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Our staff team with general education teachers and staff to implement Universal Design for Learning techniques to help students access general education curriculum and concepts to progress in common core state standards. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Our resource and inclusion team rely on a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support model for providing supplemental academic or social/emotional (behavioral) supports. In this model students identified as having additional support needs are quickly given access to additional research-based interventions that align with their particular areas of need after IEP team consensus.