Tri-State Consortium to focus on Special Education

The Chappaqua Central School District is a long-time member of the Tri-State Consortium, which describes itself as "a dynamic learning organization of public school districts that values systems thinking as the foundation for continuous improvement. The Consortium assists its member districts, from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, in using quantitative and qualitative data to enhance student performance and to build a rigorous framework for planning, assessment, and systemic change."

Members of the Consortium receive an assessment visit by a team of "critical friends" every three years.  The "critical friends" are educators from other Consortium school districts who have been trained in the model to evaluate and report on district programs.  More information about the Consortium can be found on their website.

We are looking forward to welcoming a team from the Tri-State Consortium for a consultancy visit December 5th, 6th and 7th where their focus will be on Special Education. Through the process, the Tri-State visiting team will be helping us consider the following essential questions that we have developed to help frame the visit:

  • To what extent is our inclusive approach to special education having a positive impact on the academic and social/emotional learning of ALL students?
     
  • To what extent do general education and special education faculty share responsibility for the academic instruction and social integration of students with disabilities?
     
  • To what extent are instructional staff members prepared and supported to work with students of varying levels and abilities within our inclusive educational setting?
     
  • To what extent do the building based services and supports for struggling learners reinforce the inclusive practices of the district and ensure that all students have the supports necessary for academic success? 

The team will be collecting data and information to help us answer those questions through multiple means including classroom visits and interviews with groups of faculty members, administrators, Board of Education members, students and parents. They will be in each of our schools to gain an understanding of how we provide instruction and supports to all of our students.

Our essential questions will help to elicit the team's best thinking about issues of teaching and learning in the Chappaqua Central School District. The report that we will receive following the visit will include commendations of our strengths and recommendations, for our consideration, to potentially guide next steps for our District's growth and evolution.

We are excited about this visit and opportunity to share our strong inclusive practices with other professionals in the tri-state region. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Heidi McCarthy, Director of Special Education and Related Services, if you have any questions about the visit.