Special Education Philosophical Beliefs

Special Education Philosophical Beliefs

  1. The term learning applies not only to an academic education, but is equally important in terms of social, emotional, and behavioral areas as well. By accepting the challenge of educating exceptional students, educators will not only help them to develop their minds in terms of education, they will help them develop tools for overcoming difficulties in all areas of their disability.

  2. Evaluations of student abilities and disabilities will be based on non-discriminate measures along with the review of data collected in a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Educators must be conscientious of each students’ unique individual circumstance.

  3. A child’s disability will be addressed with knowledge and strategy. Different disabilities will be accommodated by implementing IEP’s specifically and individually assigned to meet each student’s goals. Special education teams will actively pursue the means necessary to obtain the appropriate education for each child in the area of specialized assistance.

  4. Students will receive instruction inclusively to the extent that is feasible. Social interaction will be encouraged between all students, and teaching methods that incorporate inclusionary practices/methods will be utilized. Being cognizant of students’ needs for specialized individual education and working to provide the greatest balance possible between providing for these needs while including each student successfully within the general education environment is the goal.

  5. Confidentiality rights of special education students are highly respected. This includes being respectful of students’ emotional needs and of their privacy. Parental involvement is encouraged and includes actively seeking parental input and permission when a disability requires individualized education.

  6. Each Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team member is encouraged to convey their observations, evaluations, and insight to parents, students, and other special education professionals in an effort to facilitate a beneficial learning environment for each student. Success is greater achieved with collaboration, then individually.