New Renaissance Middle
New Renaissance Middle School (NRMS) believes that all students can and should participate, to the extent that they are able, in the IB Middle Years Programme. Each student with special educational needs and/or English language learner identification is provided with the appropriate support to ensure academic success. The process begins with Response to intervention, which identifies struggling students and puts interventions in place in the classroom to help those students to be successful. If the student is successful with the interventions, the interventions may be left in place to support the student. If the student continues to struggle, the student may be made eligible for one of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed, interventions are continued in the classroom, additional supports are added to assist the student, and alternate assessments are used if necessary.
The purpose of this policy is:
- To ensure that all students are provided appropriate access to our school’s IB curriculum and opportunities for academic rigor aligned with the goals of the IEP.
- To emphasize that all students and staff are encouraged to embody the mission and vision of the IB Middle Years Programme, as well as the Learner Profile.
- To explicitly state that we use the learner profile to support students as risk-takers while promoting compassion, effective communication, and inclusion.
- To emphasize that we make efforts to design and implement a curriculum that is standards-based, creative, engaging, and differentiated to support all of our students in reaching their unique potential.
- To communicate the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the success of students requiring exceptional education services.
Broward County Schools are required to comply with all state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
IDEA requires that schools provide special education services to eligible students as outlined in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). IDEA and Section 504 also provide specific requirements to guarantee a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE). FAPE and LRE are the protected rights of every eligible child, in all fifty states and U.S. Territories.
The International Baccalaureate Organization, along with the Broward County Public Schools, strive to provide an open, accessible MYP curriculum to all students whenever possible and whenever it proves to be in the student’s best interest.
Broward District Responsibilities
Work collaboratively to enhance educational opportunities for students with exceptionalities.
Collaborate with schools, families and community agencies to develop successful learners in the least restrictive environment. Inclusion opens the classroom to all students, allowing each student to benefit both academically and socially.
Broward Schools are committed to providing inclusive services to students. The district will continue offering highly specialized services to those students who need them.
New Renaissance Middle Responsibilities
The mission of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Team at New Renaissance Middle School is to provide an individualized and rigorous education for students with disabilities. This education utilizes quality data-driven and research-based instructional methods, a collaborative and cooperative relationship between staff, families, and students, an interactive and mutually supportive relationship among both general and exceptional educators, with adherence to the individualized education plans (IEPs) for all students with disabilities.
Our goal is to create an environment where all students with disabilities learn with our resources and support. We do what is best for students at all times.
General, ESE, and ESOL teachers collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to ensure that all ESE, ESOL, and 504 students are accommodated, and are provided access to the curriculum as specified by their respective plans. Alternate materials and assessments are procured to coordinate with teacher unit plans.
The school and teachers partner with parents to fully support students in their academic performance. Parents need to ensure that students’ attendance at school is a priority, and they should work closely with the ESE Specialist to ensure that the IEP goals are met. Parents can access Pinnacle, an online record of student grades and assignments, to monitor the student’s progress. All online programs are accessible from home including; Achieve 3000 Differentiated Instruction Solutions, i-Ready math, TenMarks math, and others. Parents can use Pinnacle to see what assignments are due and allow the student to access the assignments at home.
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) refers to services for students that have been identified as being eligible for a disability. Most services and accommodations are delivered in the general education classroom for a total inclusion experience. We recognize that a continuum of services is necessary to provide access to the curriculum, including services targeting learning disabilities, language impairment, behavioral disabilities, and other health impairments.
Differentiated instruction is provided to modify the curriculum for all ESE, gifted and bilingual/ESOL students to ensure that we are providing an education to meet individual needs.
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