The cornerstone of the Allen County Educational Service Center is providing quality, specialized educational services for students with special needs. We pride ourselves in being able to offer several programs at a reduced cost to districts through shared services.
Unique Learning System is a complete, dynamic curriculum program provided monthly for students with special learning needs. ULS comes in five grade bands: Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School and Transitional. Each month a new thematic unit contains all the materials needed, including leveled reading books. The units are centered on a science or social studies topic and incorporate reading, writing, math, science and history. There are 29 monthly lessons in grade bands Elementary – High School, and 15 monthly lessons in the Transitional grade band. These lessons are aligned with content standards and differentiated into three levels of participation: Level 1 students, who require maximum support; Level 2 students, who require some support; and Level 3 students, who show the potential to learn and have the greatest amount of independence. Student profiles can be created to guide instruction. Online progress monitoring and much more is provided in this curriculum.
Allen County ESC provides school psychologists to support local school districts. School psychologists are responsible for timely evaluations for identification of special education services and placement, maintaining proper case records, conducting early entrance evaluations, aid the district with the development of intervention teams and processes, provide possible counseling services when needed, serve as a resource to the school and community to develop a better understanding of psychological services, child development, mental health, and individual differences, maintain and submit appropriate records for Medicaid documentation, and participate in screening programs. School pschologists assist districts in staying compliant with the latest legal, policy, and procedural updates as they relate to special education services and school psychology. They may also collaborate with school personnel to provide professional development opportunities, interventions and assessments, along with working with students with special educational needs.