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Special Needs NeedsIt is the Department’s expectation that all students are supported so they may succeed socially, emotionally, academically and physically to meet the challenges of their school community, and ultimately contribute to the full realization of Goal 1 of our Strategic Plan — Student Success.
Special Education EducationSpecial education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Community Children's Councils Children's CouncilsThe Community Children’s Councils serve children and families including those with disabilities and mental health needs through collaborative partnerships. Fully supported collaborative partnerships require equal participation and shared responsibilities of families, local providers, community stakeholders and representatives.
What are test accommodations? are test accommodations?A short overview of how modifications are made to assessments to meet various student needs, while balancing fairness to all. Accurate measurement based on the appropriate use of accommodations is important to educators who want a precise picture of what students know and can do.
Individualized Education Program Education ProgramAn Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement about the educational program for a child with a disability. It serves as a management tool used to ensure that the child receives the needed special education and related services. It also serves as an evaluation device when used to determine the extent of the child's progress toward accomplishing projected goals.
Rights relating to Section 504 and Special Education relating to Section 504 and Special EducationThe Department wants to ensure that all students who need special services are supported, and wants you to know about your rights under Section 504 and Special Education. There is a process in place to handle disputes and concerns. Please review.
Special Education Performance Report Education Performance ReportThe Department's Special Education Performance Report encompasses the state's Performance Plan (in accordance with Public Law 108-446) and the Part B Annual Performance Report, which is delivered to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. All components of this report must be made available to the public.
Our special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for all special ed priority: Hire more teachers, raise bar for allSuzanne Mulcahy, new assistant superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support at HIDOE, is optimistic about raising educational outcomes for all students. She has 15 years’ experience in the classroom teaching regular and special education at the elementary and intermediate school levels. This piece originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Authority for Special Education for Special EducationAn overview of the Department's responsibilities relating to Special Education.
Maui complex opens specialized education center complex opens specialized education centerPo'okela Maui celebrated its opening today. The center will serve the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex, and will assist students who have significant behavioral challenges with adjusting to a classroom environment. Po'okela Maui's focused programming and strategic environment will help students safely and solidly build these skills.
New SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring program SPED teachers find their marigold through mentoring programMarigolds are one of the best plants for companion planting – helping to chase away certain pests and improve flavor and growth of other plants like carrots, cabbage and cantaloupes. In teaching, these companion plants take the form of mentors like Tracy Muranaka-Ng who help nurture up and coming teachers.
January 2018 Education Update 2018 Education UpdateMonthly print newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Mentoring new special education teachers, 2017 Year in Review, Waipahu High student first to earn AA before diploma, Keaukaha Elementary's engaging literacy approach, working more local food into school meals, more stories.

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