Students with Disabilities - Statement

My plans for addressing teaching and learning issues for students with disabilities can be summed up as:
  • Commitment to greater inclusion
  • Accountable professional development
  • Near-term personnel changes
Commitment
High expectations and effective professional development are the keys to moving the needle forward.  Much of this is already described in APS learning plans.  
Goals for inclusion are contained in our new 6-year Strategic Plan.  Under my chairmanship, the School Board adopted the full plan, including the Performance Objectives, earlier this school year:
https://www.apsva.us/strategic-plan/
MISSION To ensure all students learn and thrive in safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments VISION To be an inclusive community that empowers all students to foster their dreams, explore their possibilities, and create their futures
You can see APS Best Practices for high expectations here:
https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/legacy_assets/www/869fb3326b-APSBestPractices.pdf
Accountability
The key is robust implementation.  Under my chairmanship, earlier this school year we adopted the Professional Learning Framework to give structure and accountability to professional development pathways.
https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/06-APS-Framework-NRS-1.pdf
The Learning Management System, Canvas, is not just for student assignments and grading.  It is also for staff development, management and accounting.
Personnel Changes
As you may know, both Tara Nattrass and Paul Jamelske will be leaving their positions at the end of June (Tara leaving APS; Paul taking a school-based position).  This gives me the opening to bring new people into those positions who will energize and prioritize the Strategic Plan goals and Professional Learning Framework plans with respect to students with disabilities.  These positions will be filled before the new school year begins in September.  I have already had conversations with the Superintendent about the skills, attributes, and direction I want these new hires to have.  I will be pushing for greater movement on SWD learning, including addressing the achievement gap.