The Allen County Educational Service Center hosts the ED Program providing services to its eight member school districts and serving students K-12. Class size is limited and students are supported by a team of highly skilled and licensed professionals including the classroom teacher and teaching assistant. A transition teacher is available to work with students one-on-one and/or small groups to address and teach skills needed in order to make a smooth transition back to the home school.
The purpose of the ED Program is to bring behavior to a level where it no longer inhibits learning. The program uses daily and weekly goals that are evaluated by the teacher and students at daily group sessions. An important aspect of the program is toward self-awareness and integrating the student into the peer group.
The academic program is similar to a typical school day. Because it is important that learning be successful, skills are presented in small, sequential steps using frequent feedback regarding the student's performance. A variety of skills are stressed in order to enable the students to function as contributing members of society.
Our classes provide the opportunity for students to develop and practice good work habits such as being on time, staying on task, and completing a job task appropriately. Students learn the importance of not only doing a job right the first time, but of doing the job consistently. Learning to accept constructive criticism, following directions and the importance of both individual and group performance are skills that are needed throughout the remainder of their lives, no matter what vocation they may choose.
Students in the ED Program are held to the same academic standards as their peers in a typical school or classroom. Each year students are mandated to participate in state and district-wide testing including the Ohio Graduation Tests given to students in grades 10-12.
We would like to extend a special welcome to all the students and parents involved in the ED Program. Our goal is to have a quality program that meets each child’s individual needs. With your support and ours, we will have a successful year. We encourage you to contact us anytime; as we will you, to discuss any concerns relating to your child’s needs.