Debby Sharpe-Defries, Director of Special
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Parent trainings March 5, April 16
The City School District of Albany Special
Education Department and the Parent Network of the Capital Region will
host the following parent trainings at Harriet Gibbons Student Services
Center, 75 Watervliet Ave. For more information or to register, contact
Sheri Gaylord at (518) 640-3333 or
Autism Spectrum Disorder: the Basics, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
This overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will provide a basic
understanding of how ASD characteristics can affect children in school,
at home and in their communities. The better we understand ASD, the
better prepared we will be to help students reach their potential.
Anxiety and Depression in School-Aged
Learners: What Should I Know and How Can I Help?, April
16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children cannot learn well when they
are anxious and depressed. This workshop will provide an overview of
anxiety and depression in school-aged learners. Participants will learn
how anxiety and depression may present in youth and how each may affect
learning, and strategies to cope with depression at home and in school.
Special education services
School District of Albany is committed to making sure all students
receive a quality education that fits within the framework of their
individual needs. The Special Education Department provides specially
designed instruction, services and programs to help meet the unique
needs of students with disabilities.
provides a full range of special education services including:
Occupational therapy and counseling
Consultant teacher services
room services to provide supplemental instruction
Transitional support services
Integrated class services, full-time in-class support
education placements are determined by the Committee on Special
Education, the Subcommittee on Special Education and the Committee on
Preschool Special Education.
committees, in conjunction with parents and teachers, help develop
individual education plans (IEPs) for each school-age or preschool-age
pupil with a disability on an annual basis.
include information about the unique learning needs of each student,
such as learning rate, levels of social and physical development and
the students' management needs. The document also includes annual goals
and short-term objectives in academic, social and other areas for the
student's school year. The IEP will serve as a curriculum plan of action
and a source of evaluation for the student's progress during an entire
with disabilities are given access to school activities, which include,
but are not limited to:
and regular physical education
Conversational French and Spanish
the district conducts an annual district-wide speech screening system to
insure appropriate detection of speech impairments. Programming for
pupils with speech impairments is made available through in-district
speech programs provided by 19 speech therapists.
State requires review of suspensions
State Education Department (SED) has notified the City School District
of Albany that it has been identified for VESID state performance
indicators related to the suspension of students with disabilities. The
specific indicators are:
High suspension rates for students with disabilities for more than
10 days in a school year
Significant discrepancies in the rates of suspensions and expulsions
of more than 10 days by race and ethnicity, specifically black
The district completed a self-review monitoring process in May 2015,
which was a review of the district’s policies, procedures and practices
relating to the development of individual education plans (IEPs), the
use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural
safeguards. The results of the process were sent to SED, and the
district anticipates further communication about suspension status and
further guidance from SED in 2016.