Special Education & Student Support Services

Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will work with one of three Special Education Advisors here at Mat-Su Central School.

Please check back frequently as we will continue to update this site with relevant information.

Dawn Coyne

9-12 Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-7472

Kristine Krogstad

K-8 Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-7490

Becky Ross 

Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-1360

Michelle Gossmann 
Speech Pathologist
Email | (907) 352-7496
Special Education Service Options

There are support services available for students needing assistance. If your student has an active Individual Education Plan (IEP) with the Mat-Su Borough School District, you have a couple of options for receiving primary services. Primary service for academic areas can be provided through supervision or provided by the boundary school. Speech therapy service is provided on site for both primary or support seervice.

 

    • You may elect to receive some special education services at your Boundary School. Primary academic services are provided by students attending classes at their boundary school according to the schedule already in place at that school. The family is responsible for transporting the student to and from those services according to the set schedule. Students with related services on their IEP that are not provided at Mat-Su Central School (Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Adaptive Physical Education, etc.) are only accessed at the boundary schools. A choice to attend the boundary school allows trained professionals to work with your child.
    • Second, you may choose to have your child’s IEP managed by the special education teacher at Mat-Su Central School. This option gives you more responsibility and flexibility for helping with IEP management. With this option, you will be meeting with the school personnel for consultation a minimum of once a month.
Community Childfind

Project Childfind is a screening program for children birth to five years old to identify any educational or physical needs that must be addressed to enable the child to fully benefit from an educational program. The screening is offered by the Mat-Su School District and is free of charge.

By Appointment Only – Call the Childfind Appointment Hotline at 761-4049.

Childfind Locations:

  • Central Administration Building – Palmer: 501 N. Gulkana – Behind Swanson Elementary School
  • CCS Early Learning, Meadow Lakes Center, Mile 49 Parks Highway
    For more information refer to the district information page:
  • MSBSD Project Childfind
Procedural Safeguards

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) publishes the Notice of Procedural Safeguards. This document conforms to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program’s Model Procedural Safeguards Notice with specific information about Alaska’s rules as necessary. It is designed as a document to help you understand your rights, but should not be used as replacement to the actual laws and regulations.

Notice Procedural Safeguards July 2014

 

Supplemental Education Web Sites

These websites are an excellent way for students to engage and build their skills. Here are a few recommendations from teachers and parents:

readingeggs.com

  • The Reading Eggs program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s school results.

starfall.com

  • Starfall has been a free online resource since 2002, teaching millions of children to read and inspiring a love of learning through exploration. There is no advertising and the site does not collect any personal information from children. Members enjoy mathematics, additional reading activities, and songs.

phet.colorado.edu

  • PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. All simulations require Java, Flash, or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source.

khanacademy.org

  • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Choose between math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content..

 

An additional resource for apps for students with special needs:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/01/a-handy-chart-featuring-over-30-ipad.html 

Special Education Apps

Here is a suggested list of educational games and apps to help student practice skills:

 

 

 

Special Education Links

When you need help navigating the world of Special Education, Student Support Services, or understanding your son or daughter’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), there is a lot of information available. You may want to take time to understand your parental rights, academic responsibilities, and the federal regulations that may impact student experience. Many great resources are available. Here are some suggestions to get started.

MSBSD Student Support

Links Parent Resource center

AK Dept. of Ed. Special Ed. Handbook

www.wrightslaw.com