Instructional Services/Continuum of Services
Irving ISD offers a continuum of services depending upon the needs of the specific student. To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
Active learning classrooms are designed to meet the needs of learners that require exploration to learn, but have not made meaningful connections between the things they explore and their function. Learners in the active learning classroom need sensory motor input readily available to experience and acknowledge their world and learners are developmentally functioning at a sensorimotor or preoperational (Piaget) level. Instruction is provided through a series of routines that allow the learner to anticipate, acknowledge and participate in learning.
Inclusion is a service provided to students in special education who are typically working on or near grade level. Specifically, Irving ISD has adopted the co-teaching model. This model is one in which the special education teacher or other professional works collaboratively with the general education teacher to meet the needs of all students in the classroom and to provide the needed specially designed instruction and accommodations/modifications for the special education students in the classroom.
The Learning in a Functional Environment (LIFE) program is a self-contained educational program for students with significant developmental disabilities in grades K-12 that access the state standards through pre-requisite skills. In addition to academic instruction in all core subjects, LIFE programs also provide instruction in communication, daily living, and vocation.
The Resource Program is designed to serve Special Education students who have been identified as needing extensive modifications and accommodations that could not be provided in the General Education classroom.
Preschool Program for Children With Disabilities (PPCD)
Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities are a range of services available for children who are ages 3-5 and who qualify for special education services.
The goal of the PPCD program is to provide early special education intervention to students with a focus on cognitive skills, social-emotional needs, language and communication skills, and physical skills so that children may be educated in an inclusive setting and to learn skills that they can further utilize as they transition into the elementary school setting.