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Child Development Specialist (CDS) Program

The Child Development Specialist (CDS) program is an elementary guidance program. Its purpose is to work with students to enhance self-concept and to help prevent problems in behavior. The CDS teacher also works with individual students and with parents of those students who may profit from some assistance.

The CDS elementary program provides classes each week. These classes are to help students learn how to get along better both individually and in groups.

Please feel free to visit the CDS program and observe activities taking place in your school.

Learning Resource Center

The Special Programs teacher provides special academic help to students identified with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The services for the student may be provided either in the homeroom classroom or in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The Special Programs teacher works closely with the homeroom teacher to coordinate the student's program. Homeroom teachers attend the IEP meetings of their students and provide open communication in schedule changes that effect the student's program such as field trips, assemblies, classroom speakers, daily schedules, etc. All students within the school are to be treated with equality and a sense of belonging. No form of discrimination will be tolerated in the education of any student. The Special Programs teacher is a member of the PBIS Team (Positive Behavior and Instructional Support) and provides leadership of the group in the absence of the Child Development Specialist.

Speech and Language

The Speech/Language Program teacher is a Douglas Education Service District employee. The teacher provides therapy for students identified with an IEP. The teacher may choose to provide services for the student either in the homeroom classroom or in the Speech/Language Resource Center. The teacher works closely with the homeroom teacher to coordinate the student's program. Homeroom teachers attend the IEP meetings of their students and provide open communication in schedule changes that effect the student's program such as field trips, assemblies, classroom speakers, etc. The Speech /Language teacher is a member of the Student Services Team(SST).

 Title I Funding

Title I is a federally funded program designed to provide extra help to students in the basic skill areas of reading, math, writing and spelling with reading taking top priority.

Several elementary schools, including Fir Grove, have been designated Title I. Title I funds provide a part-time Learning Specialist, several part-time instructional assistants, and additional instructional materials and equipment.

The Learning Specialist is part of a team that reviews student data and assists in providing the appropriate program and materials with the help of the classroom teacher and the student's parents.