Program Options

The Indianola CSD will provide specially designed instruction and supplementary aides and services in a variety of program models. Each program will emphasize different service delivery options based on the individual needs of entitled students. Students may be served in multiple programs or move from one program to another depending on their unique needs, rate of progress and other factors.

The Purple and Gold Early Childhood Programming

The early childhood program is intended to provide all students in the program with a high quality comprehensive curriculum, which is adapted to meet the individual needs of both the special education students, and their general education peers. Preschool students learn best through meaningful play experiences. The program utilizes instructional practices that promote developmentally appropriate learning centers as well as small and large instructional groups.

All students involved in the program gain from their interactions with peers. The general education students, as well as their special education peers, learn, grow and play side-by-side in a caring and nurturing environment. The program provides a caring and supportive environment where all students are treated as equals and are provided with the same opportunities to learn and play with each other. Students will learn to respect and value all people.

The teachers in this program will possess a valid practitioner’s license as issued by the Board of Educational Examiners that includes prekindergarten and early childhood special education. The teacher with the dual endorsement is responsible for implementing and monitoring a child’s progress according to the IEP. A teacher who holds a valid practitioner’s license and an endorsement that includes prekindergarten will teach the “Regular Early Childhood” program. Endorsements for Early Childhood Education are:

100 Teacher- Prekindergarten through grade three, including special education

103 Teacher- Prekindergarten through kindergarten; and

106 Teacher- Prekindergarten through grade three

The Indianola Community School District will implement the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standard (QPPS) in all early childhood programs. Creative Curriculum will also be utilized in all classroom settings.

Resource Program (Available K-12)

Programming consists of supplemental instruction up to 45 minutes daily per goal area. Instruction follows grade level benchmarks with some accommodations and modifications to the general education curriculum. The focus of the program is to support academic, independence or social skills within the grade level curriculum and provide direct instruction in goal areas. Instruction will be provided to entitled individuals in general and/or special education classrooms.

Academic Skills Program (Available K-12)

Programming consists of moderate supplemental instruction beyond 60 minutes in at least one goal area. Instruction may include modified or alternate grade level benchmarks. The program will focus on improving academic performance, particularly in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics, personal independence and self-advocacy skills, and/or social skills that are not addressed in the grade level curriculum. Instruction may occur in the general education or special education setting, and consist of large group, small group or one-to-one student teacher interactions.]

Functional Skills Programming (Available at Emerson Elementary, Middle School and High School)

Programing consists of significant supplemental instruction beyond 60 minutes in multiple goal areas. Instruction typically includes alternative grade level benchmarks and the focus of the program is to improve communication, daily living or independence skills. Most instruction is provided in the special education classroom with social activities and some academic activities in the general setting.

The functional skills program will help students develop the following skills: general academics, communication, social, life, self-help, community mobility, transition, goal setting and work experience.

Behavior Skills Program (Primary)

Programming consists of a moderate to significant behavior plan with specialized instruction beyond 60 minutes in behavioral goal areas. Behavior instruction typically includes grade level benchmarks and positive behavior skills training that are not explicitly taught in the general education setting. The focus of the program is to improve social skills and decrease problematic behaviors. Instruction may be provided in the general education or special education classroom and small groups typically do not have more than three students.

Behavior Skills Program (Secondary)

Programming consists of a moderate to significant behavior plan with specialized instruction in behavioral goal areas. Behavior instruction typically includes grade level benchmarks and positive behavior skills training that are not explicitly taught in the general education setting. The focus of the program is to improve social skills, self-advocacy skills, independence skills, positive peer and adult relationships and positive decision making; as well as generalizing positive behaviors into the general education setting and community.