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Special Education


Dr. Karen Steele

Department Mission

Equity and Access: Inclusive Programming for Students with Special Needs

Students who are eligible for special education and have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) are enrolled in general education classrooms for maximum access to the core curriculum.  Both Anna Yates Elementary and Emery Secondary Schools utilize a collaborative teaching model and pair a special education teacher with content area teachers in the general education classroom.  In this model, the general and special educators share instructional strategies and resources for all students in the classroom.  Together the teachers may plan lessons, provide instruction and support, and assess student understanding and progress.  Although students with learning challenges are spending most of the instructional day in the general education classroom, Special Education staff members utilize small group instruction both in and outside the regular classroom in order to focus on pre-teaching or re-teaching skills or content.  Students at the high school also receive support with study and planning skills as well as transition activities designed to address post secondary employment and education needs.  Related services such as speech and language or occupational therapy are provided as per the IEP. 

Students who require greater levels of support may be placed in special programs or schools outside the boundaries of Emery Unified School District, including returning to a program within the District of Residence if they are attending one of our schools on an Inter-District Transfer (IDT).

If you have any questions about accessing special education services or implementation of your student’s IEP, please contact Dr. Karen Steele, Director of Special Education and Student Services.

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