Academic Programs

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

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.

RTI Training

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

Academic Message

Melanie Llanes

Mrs. Melanie M. Llanes
Director of Support Programs

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

Students who do not qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child:

  1. Has physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  2. has record of a physical or mental impairment, or
  3. is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.

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

School Safety Drill Act

Continuum of Special Education Services