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District staff get training on the interventions being used in schools.

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is an evidence-based model of schooling that uses valid, reliable data to integrate and drive academics and social behavior. This framework is for organizing the implementation of evidence-based instructional strategies, intervention and assessment to meet the needs of all students.



The District offers opportunities to assist resident English Language Learners to achieve English proficiency and effective communication in English, encourage their full participation in school activities and programs, and promote participation by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are provided information about the reasons for their child's identification as an English Language Learner, their child's level of English proficiency, the method of instruction used, how the program will meet their child's needs, specific exit requirements of the program, how the program will meet their child's Individualized Education Plan, if applicable, and information on parent/guardian rights. Parents/guardians also are regularly apprised of their child's progress through quarterly parent coffees.

Requirements for EL Program (English Language Program)

The parents of every new student registering in District 148 complete a Home Language Survey at registration. After the HLS is reviewed, if there is a language other than English spoken in the home, the student is screened within thirty days of enrollment. One of the following tests is then administered: WIDA Screener (grades 1-8), Model (kindergarten), or Pre-IPT (pre-k). Those that score below a 4.8 Composite on the screener, are eligible for English Language Services. Parents are notified of the test results. The student is then entered into the EL Program, unless the parent refuses services.

District 148 has a TPI program (Transitional Program of Instruction) and a TBE (Transitional Bilingual Education) program. The TBE program is at Lincoln Elementary School.

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Academic Message

Mrs. Melanie M. Llanes
Director of Support Programs

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District 148 has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of students with disabilities.  Members of the Board of Education, administrators, teachers as well as other staff members work together to develop, support and maintain outstanding educational programs.  We encourage meaningful collaboration between regular education teachers and special education teachers.  An array of services that encompass all areas of exceptionality has been designed to meet the needs of the students.  These services are based on the rights afforded children with disabilities by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The District also operates within the framework of Illinois Rules and Regulations to Govern Special Education and meet the specific needs of District 148’s special education students.  A continuum of services exists to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  Teachers implement research-based classroom practices designed to improve academic outcomes and behavioral performances.  To help students experience success and build self-confidence as learners, our students:

  • Attend their home school whenever possible
  • Attend class with non-disabled peers when appropriate
  • Receive direct and indirect services according to their individual needs
  • Work individually or in small groups with professionally trained teachers to learn strategies and skills that can be transferred to classroom work

Parent Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois - Click Here

School Safety Drill Act - Click Here

Continuum of Special Education Services - Click Here



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