Presentation on theme: "Shared Services to Strengthen Special Education. Introductions Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission Founded in 1977, the Middlesex."— Presentation transcript:
Shared Services to Strengthen Special Education
Introductions Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission Founded in 1977, the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission (MRESC) has provided Cooperative Educational Services to meet the needs of the twenty-four member districts and the region. The primary purpose of MRESC is to provide high quality educational programs & services to districts in a cost effective/efficient manner.
Special education requires a great deal of expertise and instructional support to effectively & appropriately implement the students’ IEP’s. Shared services between public school districts allow for the leveraging of instructional, therapeutic, and programmatic expertise in the pursuit of quality outcomes for students in an efficient manner.
Tuition-based Instructional Services Provision of Special Education Programs Self-contained settings Full-time Shared-time (e.g., MCVTS & Edison CBI) Partnership with LEA’s Partnership with Local Agencies (e.g., Princeton House) Collaborative settings Located within LEA’s Provision of Alternative Education Programs Self-contained and collaborative settings Allow for small group instruction & credit recovery IAEP (45-day Placement) Summer School Programs
Cooperative Educational Services Home Instruction (Special/General Education) Child Study Team Services Evaluation Services (e.g., Augmentative, FBA, CBI, etc.) Therapeutic Services (OT, PT, Speech) BCBA Services (including evaluations & home programming)
Cooperative Educational Services (continued) Community-based Instructional Services (e.g., Highland Park consultation, provision of job coaching, etc.) Hospital Programs Children’s Specialized Hospital Partial Hospitalization program with Princeton House Provision of Child Study Team members and paraprofessionals to LEA’s Teacher of the Deaf & Consult Services
Professional Development Services Workshops Designed to meet LEA needs Online Onsite Hot PD Topics (determined based on annual LEA survey): iPad Usage Across Curricula & Instructional Settings Interactive Whiteboard Wilson Reading Certification Oral Motor & Feeding Therapies Topics in Community-based Instruction & Transition
Transportation Services 945 Routes Transporting 11,000 Students Special Education Training Wheelchair & Tie Down Training Behavior & Student Support Training Jointures Creating Economies of Scale Cost Effective and Timely Bid, Negotiate, Quote - Field Trips, Athletics, Late Buses & Special Events Complete Management of District Transportation Programs
Transportation Services Annual Transportation Meetings Non-Public Transportation District Coordinators and Business Administrators Transportation Vendors
Cooperative Purchasing Services Largest State Approved Cooperative Pricing System Serving Over 680 Public Agencies Serving Over 530 School Districts Providing 55 Bids and Other Programs Saving Time & Money Providing QPA & CEU Credits at No Cost Operation of Electric & Natural Gas Aggregations
Summary: All of the programs, services, initiatives, and partnerships discussed are developed based on a annual survey/needs assessment. MRESC provides what our LEA’s tell us they need to support their instructional programs. The question to ask, if your county’s ESC or Special Services School District is not providing these services, why not.
Mark J. Finkelstein, Superintendent Gary Molenaar, Assistant Superintendent Patrick Moran, Business Administrator The presentation may be found on the MRESC website: