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Special Education

Federal law and state administrative rules outline a public school’s obligation to meet the needs of students ages birth through 26 years who are eligible for special education.  Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) outline the needs, accommodations, goals, and services for that constitute a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for each eligible student.

Approximately 3,500 students with IEPs are served by Northwest Education Services and the 16 public school districts, 4 public school academies, and 12 nonpublic schools in the region.  Local districts provide a variety of consultative and classroom services.  North Ed provides assessment, specialized consultation and direct services, and center-based programming in a variety of settings to enhance student growth and facilitate the transition to postsecondary opportunities.  Additionally, the ISD provides support to parents, professional development, and guidance to local districts to ensure that students with IEPs have every opportunity to succeed.

Julie Gordon,  Compliance & General Supervisor  231.922.6233
Leigh Kennedy,  Coordinator of Curriculum   231.922.6393

Service Area Supervisors

John Breithaupt - 231.922.6466 (TCAPS, ACE, Community Connection)
Kristen Deering - 231.922.6474 (TCAPS)
Marc Wills -  231.922.6485 (Northeast)
Mike Hartman  -  231.922.6485 (Southeast, Kalkaska, Crawford, Forest Area, Kingsley)
Brooke Laurent  -  231.922.6467 (Southwest and Behavior Support Team)
Jennifer Morgenstern -  231-922-6566 (TCAPS, Non-public schools)
Corianne Street  -  231.922.6462 (Northwest , Woodland, GTA)
MartyAnn Guiney - 231.922.6470 (Systems improvement & transportation)

Center-based Program Supervisors

Rena Spencer,  Life Skills Center    231.922.6357
Lisa Klepper, New Campus School   231.922.6485
Riley Denison , Programs for Students with Cognitive Impairments    231.933.3563
Becky Goodwin,  Programs for Students with  Autism    231.933.5682

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