Southeast Polk Honored During Special Education Symposium

Southeast Polk, along with two other districts in the state, received recognition from the Iowa Department of Education for their work in promising practices related to family and school partnerships for children receiving special education services and supports.

Southeast Polk was recognized at the Special Education Symposium in Des Moines for ensuring communication with families occurs in many different ways (emails, district website, flyers, etc.) in order to break down barriers;for making family members an integral part of the family and school partnership steering committee; and for steering committee meeting topics leading to meaningful change within the district.

Charles Taylor, Special Education Director, shared, “We are honored to receive this award.  Our teachers and staff at Southeast Polk are very passionate and dedicated to supporting students and families. We will continue to work together as a team and find new and innovative ways to increase communication and gain input from students and families”

The purpose in identifying promising practices in the area of family and school partnerships includes:

  • increasing awareness and highlighting the importance of family and school partnerships as a key cornerstone to effective schools;
  • recognizing settings that are implementing promising practices leading to increased student achievement and school improvement; and,
  • informing continuous improvement and Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) across the state as training and technical assistance efforts are being developed.