About Educational Services
The Educational Services Department lead four key areas:
- Student Academic Interventions
- Gifted and Grade Acceleration Programming
- Student Mental Health, Behavior Support, and Well Being
- Community Schools and Afterschool Programming
- Student Data and Information Management
Student Academic Interventions
Educational Services uses a three tiered system of support model to provide academic support to students. In this model, students receive support matched to their needs. Most students’ needs are met in the first tier which consists of responsive and rigorous schoolwide instruction. Students have their academics screened at least twice each school year to identify children that may need a boost in one or more academic areas. This boost is our second tier and is provided in small student groups that meet several times a week for about 30 to 40 minutes per session. Students that need more than a short boost can participate in our third tier of support. These supports are intensive, become more individualized, and are provided by a specifically-trained school staff member.
Gifted and Grade Acceleration Programming
Students with advanced learning needs are served in a three-tiered system of support. Most students have their advanced needs met by their teacher using the District’s rigorous curriculum, individualizing work projects, and strategically grouping students for small group classroom work. Students with skills that are too advanced for this level of support participate in our Accelerated Math Program. This program is provided to top performing math students and instructs students with materials that are one grade level higher than the student’s current grade. Students with more profound advanced learning needs are selected for the District’s self-contained gifted program. Gifted program classrooms are housed at 5 schools, serve only students identified by the District as gifted, and target students in grades 3 to 6. In grades 7 and 8, advanced math courses and accelerated English/Language Arts classes are available.
Student Mental Health and Behavioral Support
The comprehensive system of support for student social, emotional, and behavioral services is provided in all District 15 buildings. These practices are led by the Department of District Improvement and Data and are supported by cross-departmental efforts. The main features include the training and use of social and emotional learning curriculum, school-based positive behavior support for students, bully prevention and response procedures, and restorative and trauma informed practices. Tiered intervention offerings are provided to support student needs.
Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
Thomas Edgar, Ph.D.
Senior Executive Assistant
Director of Comprehensive Mental Health and Related Services
Laura Swanlund, Ph.D.
Secretary, Related Services
Director of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Rachel Bland, Ed.D.
Multi-Tiered System of Support Learning Coordinator
Trauma Informed Learning Coordinator
Meghan Meyer, Ed.D.
Afterschool and Community Schools Programming Coordinator
Manager, Data Services