WWSU Selected to Participate in State-Wide Education Study

Mar 08, 2017 By Angela Young 0 Comment(s)

February 8, 2017

The Washington West Supervisory Union is undertaking an effort to improve the effectiveness of services for struggling students both with and without special needs. The effort is part of a group study, sponsored and funded, in part, by the Vermont Agency of Education. The District Management Council (DMC), a Boston-based group of researchers and practitioners led by Nate Levenson, will be conducting and collaborating with WWSU on this project.  Ten supervisory unions and supervisory districts throughout Vermont were selected to participate in this study.

DMC will share the results and recommendations that come from this study by the end of this school year.  This will allow administration to take a comprehensive look at our general and special education system and identify areas for improvement that have been effective and supported by a strong research base.  The DMC will share generalized findings from the ten districts with the Agency of Education and other school districts across the state.  

Our specific goals and outcomes for this project include:  1) To create the strongest possible educational system so that all children can succeed and receive early intervention; 2) To create research-based, aligned, and consistent infra-structure to support students experiencing a wide array of mental health and behavioral challenges; 3) To create the strongest continuum of support within general and special education to meet the needs of all of our students.

Donarae Dawson, Director of Student Services for the school district and is spearheading this study  states,  “While we are proud of the quality of services provided to students with disabilities and the hard work of our general and special education staff who help all children achieve at high levels, we are continuously seeking ways to further increase student learning opportunities and outcomes.

Please contact Donarae Dawson at the WWSU office if you would like to provide input or have questions. She can be reached at 496-2272 x 113.


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