Adams 14 offers a systematic approach to close opportunity and achievement disparities among student subgroups by building on existing services that respond effectively to unique academic and cultural student needs using a whole child approach. Adams 14 seeks to achieve the following goals:
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Adams 14 is focused on supporting all schools in developing a Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS) framework for advancing academic and behavioral outcomes while cultivating the social and emotional wellness of every student. MTSS guarantees equitable practices with evidence-based instruction, research-based interventions, a problem-solving method, assessment practices and an integrated data collection system that informs decisions to ensure that every student receives the appropriate level of support based on their level of need.
Strategic collaboration and coordination among the staff (general and specialized) is an essential component of MTSS. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support address the needs of all student subgroups, including English Learners (EL), standard English learners (SEL), students with disabilities (SWD), expelled students, students in foster care and/or experiencing homelessness, socio-economically disadvantaged, and gifted and talented education (GATE) students. MTSS aligns the entire school-wide system of initiatives, supports and resources, and implements continuous improvement processes at all levels of the system (i.e., school-wide, classroom, and individual students). MTSS strategically eliminates barriers and ensures schools have the systems needed to guarantee equitable outcomes for all students.
What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute that protects persons with disabilities from discrimination. It states that:
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of her or his disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
What is the Section 504 process in Adams 14?
The School 504 Coordinator will: