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Office of Student Services

December 2017

Dear Cambridge Community,

Can you believe it is already December? It certainly has been a very busy, but productive, few months. I am really proud of the great work being done by our Office of Student Services (OSS) staff, some of which is highlighted in this Newsletter. Specifically, our Transition Services School to Work Program is doing a masterful job in ensuring that students have the job readiness skills necessary for success beyond school. In addition, OSS Staff members have been designing and delivering meaningful professional development activities for both special educators and general educators with a focus on effective inclusive practices. Across the department, we continue to develop and enhance the knowledge base and skill set of all service providers through training in the Orton-Gillingham approach, co-teaching models, inclusive practices, team building and facilitation, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Pilot, therapeutic intervention, and IEP Development.

The OSS remains committed to its vision and mission and, thus, is partnering with district leadership in an effort to raise the achievement of all Cambridge Public Schools students, with and without disabilities. Currently, one of the district’s strategic initiatives targets the importance of scheduling dedicated time during the school day for special educators and general educators to collaborate around lesson planning and inclusive instructional strategies. Through collaboration, educators, both special and general, assume joint responsibility for the learning and success of every student. This is one more important step down the long road to building inclusive school communities in the Cambridge Public Schools!

The OSS Leadership Team wishes everyone a restful and peaceful Winter Break and a wonderful New Year.

Sincerely,

Jean Spera

Interim Assistant Superintendent

Office of Student Services


Vision
Students receive a high quality education in the least restrictive environment through the provision of Specialized Services and Supports that meet their unique learning, social, emotional,and behavioral needs.

Mission
To collaborate with the school community, families, students, and community stakeholders to ensure the academic, social, and emotional success of every
Learner.

Year 2 Goals 2014 - 2015 (updated)

OSS Strategic Plan