Special Education Curriculum

2013-2014 marks the third year of changes to the special education department at Gunn encompassing an inclusive setting and a vision marked by a more individualized program for students with emphasis on post-secondary transition.

All of our classes and support structures are designed with the vision of inclusion and are categorized in to the following realms:

  • Skills based support
  • Tiered Resource Support
  • Specialized Programs
  • Co-taught classes 

We are especially thrilled that we are able to offer 21 sections of co-teaching classes across the four core curriculum areas of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Students are able to access differentiated curriculum through varied levels of instruction and assessment.
Here is a quick visual that provides some clarification on accommodations vs. modifications within different classroom structures:

 

Looking ahead, we will be offering a ‘Careers Class’ for 2014-2015 for grades 10-12. This is a semester course that is designed to assist students with identifying their strengths, weaknesses, and interests while learning about a wide variety of careers. Students will complete several different career interest inventories and self-assessments in order to identify where their strengths and interests intersect. Students will explore different career options and conduct research on those that interest them most. Through this research, students will investigate what educational prerequisites and/or vocational experience is required to enter their field of choice.

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COURSES

Course Number: 8297 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

Students receive individualized instruction that reinforces course content presented in core curriculum classes.  Particular attention is given to re-phrasing information in order to make the material understood.

Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

Course Number: 7078 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

The Therapeutic Elective class is designed to serve Palo Alto Unified School District high school level special education students whose IEP (Individualized Education Program) determines the need for a therapeutic environment in order to access their academic educational programs. TEC will provide a safe therapeutic environment in which, students develop and utilize appropriate emotional regulation and social behaviors in order to succeed academically. Each student’s IEP and personal goals are used to inform the individualization of instruction and support.  The class is comprised of academic instruction and therapeutic support. The academic portion of class is taught by a credentialed special education teacher. The therapeutic component is facilitated by a credentialed or licensed therapist. Each class will have a limited number of students per period, increasing individualized support for students based on their specific needs.

Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

Course Number: 8211 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

Academic Support is a tier of Study Skills (Resource) at Gunn High School. In Academic Support, there are smaller student to teacher/aide ratios to offer individualized support for each student. Additionally, resources and information are made available to each student to reinforce what they are learning in each of their academic classes.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 8297 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

Students receive individualized instruction that reinforces course content presented in core curriculum classes.  Particular attention is given to re-phrasing information in order to make the material understood.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 7070 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

Academic Communication is a Special Education elective course that strives to address the learning needs of students whose primary deficit is in the area of social cognition and on the Autism spectrum. Students receive direct instruction in the area of effective social communication strategies. The goal of the course is to facilitate collaboration among students while exploring aspects of social thinking, flexibility and perspective taking. In addition, the aim is to establish a solid understanding of the necessary skills to problem solve, transition to life after high school and live independently. The program is designed to provide small group instruction and case management to support achievement of IEP goals in consultation with various specialists.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 7039 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite(s): Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

Academic Enhancement Read 180 is a specialized reading course that is designed to target and improve reading skills necessary for success at the high school level. This program allows students the opportunity to make substantial gains in their reading ability by developing skills necessary for reading success. The course offers instruction and practice in decoding words, spelling words, vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency. This course employs research based practices and principles to remediate students reading abilities allowing them to be more successful in their other academic courses.

Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 7069 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

Skills-based intervention, differentiated based upon students’ individual needs and goals as determined by IEP. Remediate foundational skills needed to be successful in the general education program. Preview of upcoming general education curriculum. Differentiated small group work. Computer-based interventions for individual practice and progress tracking. 

 

Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services to be eligible for this class.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 8207, 8210, 8212 Length: Year Grade/Year: 09, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to provide a program of instruction in high school English.  It is specifically tailored to provide hearing impaired students access to literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary development.  Although the course content parallels English Department course objectives, the presentation of curriculum by a credentialed teacher of the deaf promotes significant gains in English language skills.

  • English DHH 1 - Course #: 8207
  • English DHH 2 - Course #: 8210
  • English DHH 3 - Course #: 8212

 

Placement in this course is an IEP team decision. Student must be receiving special education services for a hearing impairment to be eligible for this class.