Director of Special Education and Related Services
Alison Underwood – email
Collinsville Unit 10 Special Education provides a range of services to over 1,000 students with disabilities. Our staff members includes all special education staff and related services. Four building-level coordinators provide technical assistance to special and general education staff and administrators. Over 50% of our students with IEPs are included in the general education setting at least 60% of the school day.
Through inclusive schools and a challenging curriculum, the CUSD 10 Special Education Program prepares all students to become productive and contributing members of the community.
All students with special needs in CUSD 10 will receive exemplary special education services in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Partnerships with Families
By working closely with families, students are assured a consistent and coordinated educational experience.
Inclusion provides opportunities for students to interact with peers, benefit from positive role models and promotes understanding and acceptance of individual differences.
An individually based curriculum derived from state learning standards and emphasizing higher order thinking skills will maximize student achievement.
Individuality of each child
Recognize and build upon the unique strengths and abilities of each child.
Use of Positive Interventions
Relevant and consistent interventions will optimize students opportunities to succeed. Interventions will be timely, respectful and appropriate.
Collaboration Between Regular and Special Education Staff
Successful collaboration is fostered by open lines of communication and a commitment to a decision making process emphasizing consensus building and teamwork.
A progressive, successful educational program relies on a budget that provides for the necessary number of well trained and highly qualified teachers and support staff. In addition, the budget should support sufficient numbers of up to date textbooks, materials, supplies and equipment.