Marietta educators and parents partner to provide opportunities for students with exceptionalities
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recognizes March 4-8, 2019 as Exceptional Children’s Week across the country. This year’s theme is “Building Blocks for Successful Students”. The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional organization of educators, parents, and students dedicated to advancing the success of children with disabilities.
The Department of Special Services (DSS) of Marietta City Schools serves 924 students with disabilities in grades Pre-school through 12, ages 3 through 22. MCS offers services in every area of exceptionality, including visual impairments, autism, blindness, deaf hard of hearing and learning disabilities. The district provides assistive technology at all grade levels, enabling students to better participate in the general education setting.
“Our primary goal involves the use of system, school, grade level, and student-specific data to meet the needs of all learners, helping to grow the experiences and opportunities of students with exceptionalities while in school and after graduation,” said Ms. Michele Bealing Sayles, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services at MCS.
Working closely with students, their parents and guardians, and educators, DSS works to create “Building Blocks for Successful Students” through the enhancement of transition programs designed to provide soft skills, work, career and employment-training opportunities that allow students to graduate from high school better able to be successful citizens.
Additionally, DSS works closely with CEC to improve public policy affecting youth and the professionals who work with them.