Staff Takes Shape for Special Education Program

12 Staff Members Hired for Expanded Services
Posted on 03/01/2018
ELS to Become FoundationalThe District moved a step closer to transitioning some special education services from the North Suburban Special Education District program to an in-district program by hiring 12 new staff members.

The new Foundational Program and Early Childhood Structured Language and Learning Classroom will launch next school year.
The 12 staff members approved at the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting represent highly qualified professionals, many of whom are familiar faces in District 28 having worked in the NSSED program.

The Foundational classes will maintain the high level of services that students received under the NSSED program and will offer more opportunities for students to experience a blended environment with their home school peers.

With the Foundational and SLLC staff as district employees, teachers will have more opportunity to collaborate, said Rosanne Dwyer, Director of Student Services.

The transition should be seamless for students in this year’s NSSED program; they will continue to attend classes at the same school. This change affects three classrooms at Westmoor School, including one for early childhood that serves the entire district; one classroom at Meadowbrook School; and one classroom at Northbrook Junior High.

Foundational classes join the district’s special education continuum, which also includes Instructional and Resource. Nora Geraghty, Assistant Director for Student Services, will oversee the Foundational Program, and the Early Childhood classrooms will fall under the Early Childhood program directed by Jenna Duffy, Assistant Director of Student Services.

“We are truly excited about the program for next year,” said Rosanne Dwyer, Director of Student Services. “The (new staff) are going to make the program everything we are hoping.”

Meet our new staff on the 2018-19 New Staff web page