Special Education

Special Education


Here at Fern Bacon we are fortunate to have a wonderful Special Education team that work alongside our General Education teachers.  

Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Co-Teaching Instructional Model for our Special Ed Students


Co-teaching is an initiative option designed to provide the support necessary to meet the academic, social/emotional and behavioral needs of students with disabilities in the least restrictive learning environment.

What is Co-Teaching?

Two or more professionals who deliver high quality instruction to students with and without disabilities in the same classroom (Friend and Cook, 2007).

When two or more educators co-plan, co-instruct, and co-assess a group of students with diverse needs in the same general education classroom (Murawski, 2003).

What is an IEP Team?

  • Parents (and sometimes student), special education case manager, service providers, administrator, general education teacher are critical to work together for the student.  
  • Team works together to make sure student is placed in Least Restrictive Environment that addresses their unique needs.
  • Held at least once a year – Annual IEP (Individualized Educational Program) meetings to review present levels of performance and review progress on goals. 

Team can meet any time to make changes to IEP or address concerns.