Special Needs Education

A Message from the Director of Pupil Personnel Services

August 28, 2019

Each year with the calendar page turn that much closer to September I get excited to think about our students returning to our classrooms. This year is no different!

As I see the flurry of student activity I am reminded once again how passionate I am about providing "equity and excellence" for ALL students.

If I can assist you in any way this year as we move forward together with that goal in mind, please feel free to reach out to me. Here's to a great school year!


Lorinda C. Allen

Special Education Information

Special education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialized instruction in order to make effective progress in accessing curriculum. Individualized special education programs (IEPs) are cooperatively developed by the student's individual planning team lead by a TEAM chairperson, which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, and/or other specialists. These TEAMs make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to a regular classroom as possible.

Many times the Special Education process can seem confusing to parents with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If, at any time, you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP do not hesitate to contact the Special Education TEAM Chairperson for your child's school. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in, and through, the Special Education process. You may also contact the Special Education office at 508-943-6888 or via email at lallen@dcrsd.org.

Helpful Documents & Links

Helpful Documents & Links

Federation of Children with Special Needs

Autism Speaks

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Cerebral palsy group


American society for deaf children

American council of the Blind

Center on the social emotional foundations for early learning

Special Education Coordinator Contact Information

Nancy Manske


508-943-3980 x282

GRADES 2-8 -Charlton

Mary Solomita


508-943-3980 x279

GRADES 2-8 -Dudley

Joe Rogalski


508-943-3980 x281


Judi Powell


508-943-3980 x167

SpEd Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Intensive Special Education Training with Tere Ramos

Event Dates:9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

Event Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Event Location: Charlton Middle School - Library
Contact: Jillien.anderson@gmail.com

COST: $25 for ALL 5 sessions, including course binder/materials.



Jillien Anderson jillien.anderson@gmail.com

Co-Teaching in DCRSD

Research Proven Benefits of Co-Teaching

  • More support to provide students’ accommodations
  • Cover content more effectively to support mastery of learning
  • Access to the general education curriculum, [preventing increasing “gaps” in what students miss while in the special education classroom”]
  • More instructional support
  • Learning from peers
  • More opportunities for social interactions Increased respect and understanding for all students

Instructional Delivery Models

One Teaching, One Observing One teacher leads instruction while the other teacher gathers data, observes classroom behaviors, etc.

Station Teaching Students are broken into three or more heterogeneous or homogeneous groups. Teachers can provide direct instruction at a station or monitor multiple stations. The small groups rotate around the stations.

Parallel Teaching Students are divided into two homogeneous groups. Each group is led by a co-teacher. Each group receives the same content but through differentiated instruction

Alternative Teaching Based on previous assessments, both teachers will decide which students are at-risk. One teacher works with the at-risk group while the other continues to provide accelerated instruction.

One Teaching, One Assisting As one teacher leads the whole class, the other teacher provides supports, answers questions, monitors student behavior, etc.

Teaming While team teaching, co-teachers should act as “one brain in two bodies”. For example, both teachers may facilitate a discussion while performing different roles such as writing on the board emphasizing key points.

Calendar of Events

Ms. Lorinda Allen,

Director of Pupil Personnel Services


Mrs. Peggy Furey,

Administrative Secretary
(508) 943-6888