[singlepic id=75 w=320 h=240 float=right]The Sha’arim Education Plan (SEP) was designed to incorporate key components of the national Individual Education Plan (IEP) guidelines and meet the needs of the Twin Cities Jewish community. An important aspect of the SEP process includes the use of an objective professional assessment. Twin Cities public schools use this approach, partially because it is required before funding dollars are made available. At Sha’arim, we believe this is a valid approach in order to:
- Minimize the likelihood that a child is misdiagnosed; and
- Ensure that limited special needs education dollars are effectively spent on children identified with specific special needs rather than on children who have gaps in their mainstream education process.
Sha’arim is professional and compassionate in understanding how to involve the students, parents, teachers, school administration, special education teachers and other professionals in the complex and emotionally challenging educational intake process. In all student populations a diverse range of special needs exists. To meet these needs, Sha’arim has developed a systematic approach to serve the needs of all children diagnosed with a special need.
- PRELIMINARY NEEDS IDENTIFICATION
- PARENT NOTIFICATION MEETING
- PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT
- INTERIM SERVICING
- CREATING AN EDUCATION PLAN
- REVIEWING EDUCATION PLAN IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
- SEP REVIEW
For supplemental and religious schools the process will begin at step #5 as most of these students have been identified through their public school education. If a student has not been identified we begin at step #1.