Director of Special Education
Fax: (531) 299-0386
If you have concerns regarding the
development of your child who is
between the ages of birth to 5 years old,
please call the Early Childhood Referral Line
at 531-299-0242 to discuss your concerns.
Behavioral Skills Program
Early Childhood Special Education
Alternate Curriculum Program
The Behavior Skills Program serves students in grades K-12. This program focuses interventions on the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students while providing instruction to support the students' participation and progress in the general curriculum. Behavior intervention plans are individualized to meet the needs of each student. Students are integrated into general education classrooms whenever possible. This program is available at 9 elementary schools, all middle and high schools, and at the alternative programs.
Service Delivery Model:
Points of discussion at the intake conference:
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program provides educational
opportunities to 3-5 year olds as they grow and develop. When students in our district need extra
support to help them become successful in school, the ECSE program provides
services to students with a verified disability.
Service Delivery Model:
delivery may vary depending upon the disability and severity of needs. Our
students can receive services in a Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start, Inclusionary,
or Early Childhood Special Education classrooms.
Other students receive building level services at their neighborhood
school. The Omaha Public Schools has
classrooms that are half day and full day programs that meet 5 days a
week. We have Early Childhood programs
that support our Special Education students in 46 Elementary Schools.
the Omaha Public Schools we use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool as a
framework for the classroom. It is a set
of 38 objectives that are divided into 10 areas of development and learning:
The Creative Curriculum is an early childhood
curriculum that focuses on:
Assessment: All students in Early Childhood are assessed
on 38 Creative Curriculum objectives using Teaching Strategies Gold. It is an online system that teachers use to
complete checkpoints 3 times per year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. The information gained will be used for
future planning of developmentally appropriate activities for the students in
the classroom. All children with an IEP
will receive quarterly updates on their progress through Quarterly IEP Progress
Model Opportunities: The
Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE) is looking for role
models. The ECSE classroom is designed to service 3-5 year old children
who have a verified disability. Children who qualify for the ECSE classes
have disabilities that may include speech/language, cognition, orthopedic,
behavior, vision, hearing and special health problems. The classroom is
staffed with an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and two
paraprofessionals. Classes will include children with disabilities, and
2-3 peer models.
Students who are role models should
display age-appropriate cognition, motor development, language, and
behavior. There is no cost for children enrolled in the ECSE
program. Children must be 3 years old by July 31st and participate in a
screen process. Parents are expected to provide transportation for their
children and complete all district enrollment requirements. The ECSE
classroom is a half-day program that meets 5 days a week. Students must
be able to attend all 5 days. If you are interested in your preschool child
being considered as a role model for the ECSE classroom, please contact the
secretary for the ECSE program at 531-299-9519.
you have concerns about the way your child is developing?
If you have concerns about your child’s
development, the Omaha Public Schools will provide a free evaluation. To make a referral for an evaluation for a
child who is birth to 5 years old, please contact the referral line at 531-299-0242.
Supports schools North of Blondo
ECSE Lead Teacher
Supports schools South of Blondo
The Hearing Impaired Program serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Signing Exact English (SEE II) is the communication system used for instruction and as visual support for other students. Students participate in the general education curriculum with the support of sign language interpreters. Students also receive enhanced vocabulary and language development instruction. This program is provided in two elementary schools, one middle and one high school.
The Multihandicapped Program serves students with multiple
disabilities, ages 5-21 years, in an environment that supports students’
medical and sensory needs. The
instructional program addresses the cognitive, communication, community, motor,
self-help, social skills and prevocational domains. Opportunities are provided to participate in
activities with non-disabled peers.
This program is located at J.P. Lord School
Program serves students with disabilities in grades K-12. Special education
staff provide interventions, accommodations to support the students’
participation and progress in the general curriculum. Students in this program may have a variety
of disabilities. This program is
provided in all OPS schools.
Resource Supervisor for Bancroft,
Benson West, Edison, Florence, Harrison, Jackson, Highland, Oak Valley,
McMillan, North High
Resource Supervisor for Fontenelle,
Fullerton, Miller Park, Minne Lusa, Mount View, Pawnee, Rose Hill, Skinner,
Marrs, South High
Resource Supervisor for Adams,
Conestoga, Kellom, Liberty, Sunny Slope, Wilson,
Non-Public Schools, Bryan Middle, Bryan
Resource Supervisor for Columbian, Masters,
Pinewood, Ponca, Prairie Wind, Saddlebrook, Saratoga, Springville, Standing
Bear, King, Chandler View, Buffet Middle, Lewis & Clark,
Resource Supervisor for Beals, Catlin, Boyd,
Dundee, Franklin, Kennedy, Wakonda, Walnut Hill, Monroe, King Science
Technology Magnet, Benson High
Resource Supervisor for Druid Hill,
Field Club, Gilder, Joslyn, Picotte, Washington, Gateway, Hale, Morton,
Resource Supervisor for Ashland Park
Robbins, Belle Ryan, Castelar, Crestridge, Gomez, Jefferson, Spring Lake,
Western Hills, Norris, Central High
Resource Supervisor for Belvedere,
Central Park, Dodge, Hartman, Lothrop, Sherman, Beveridge, Davis, Burke
Services Delivery Model:
See the Transition Page website at:
Related services, as determined by the IEP team, are provided for every program at every school. Related Services are coorective, developmental and other supportive services required to assit a child with a disability to benefit from special education. Included are:
The Alternate Curriculum Program serves students with cognitive disabilities in
grades K-12 who require instruction focused on functional academic, social and
vocational training. Students participate in this program because of the
severity of their disabilities and the amount of support required to meet their
individual needs. Students also participate in integrative classes and activities
with their general education peers as appropriate. This program is provided in
16 elementary schools, 11 middle and 6 high schools.
The Omaha Public Schools provides hearing tests through the Audiological department. If you have concerns for your child's hearing and you are interested in a hearing test for your child, please call Liz Vazquez at 531-299-9399 to schedule.