Welcome to the Special Education Department
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools commissioned a review of its support services for struggling learners. This educational services analysis was conducted in 2018 by Futures Education and presented to the district in November 2018. The full report is available here.
Welcome to the Coeur d'Alene Public Schools Special Education Department where all children are special and where we believe in the value and potential of every student. The Special Education Department seeks to improve the performance of students with disabilities by ensuring equal access to the general education curriculum and differentiated instruction within their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We provide and monitor the delivery of a comprehensive and seamless continuum of services for students with disabilities. We strive to provide an education where every student, regardless of disability, has the opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and secure environment in which individual needs are assessed and nurtured.
Children develop and learn at different rates. Some children have disabilities that interfere with their ability to make progress in their educational programs. Others learn more easily and require program enhancements or a more challenging curriculum. Coeur d'Alene Public Schools offers a wide variety of specially designed services to meet the unique needs of children determined to be eligible for special education services by meeting the eligibility criteria outlined in the Idaho Special Education Manual. There is not a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to special education services. Once a child has qualified for services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines appropriate goals, accommodations/modifications and LRE based on each student's individual needs.
All District schools are served by special education professionals and related service providers. Services will be provided at a student's home school to the extent that the student is progressing towards their goals. We are dedicated to providing the supplementary aids and services to support children to be educated alongside their neighborhood peers.
Frank Maier, Director of Special Education
Chelsea Nahalea, Admin Secretary, Special Education
208-664-8241 Ext. 10045
Jenny Jensen, Assistant Director of Special Education (Elementary)
Amy Fine, Assistant Director of Special Education (Secondary)
Special Education Consulting Teachers