The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Corporation scheduled for May 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the LPVEC is scheduled for May 24 , 2017, at 6:30 p.m.   For the full schedule, click here  ⇒  FY17 Calendar    
SPECIAL AND ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

The LPVEC provides services to students aged 5 to 22 years who demonstrate a wide variety of exceptional learning needs, including social and emotional concerns and/or disabilities, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and developmental disabilities. Students are referred to the LPVEC for services when they present needs for specially-designed instruction that cannot be delivered effectively within the traditional classroom. As of October 1, 2015, 116 special needs students were enrolled in 13 LPVEC Special Education programs.  The Twain Public Day School, Brush Hill Academy, Integrated Occupational Program, and Transitional Alternative Program are all located at LPVEC’s facility on Brush Hill Avenue in West Springfield.  All other LPVEC special education programs are located within  public schools of the member districts.

For more information, see our description of programs below or contact Theresa Jimmo at 735-2200 or tjimmo@lpvec.org

Dr. Sharon Goulet, Director of Special and Alternative Education
Robyn Cochrane, Special Education Supervisor
Daniel Stern, Associate Principal/Education Team Leader

 

PROGRAM AND DISTRICT CALENDARS:  2016-2017 CALENDARS

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR   FY17 STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

 Program Descriptions
AUTISM ELEMENTARY Ludlow

Level: Elementary K-4

Program Description: The AEP Program is designed for students with moderate to severe autism and other related disabilities. The program focuses on teaching students the skills to achieve as much independence as possible in the school and community. It is a small structured program with a classroom teacher and paraprofessionals. Inclusion in non-academic and academic areas, when applicable, is an important component.  The program is designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, daily living skills, social skills, cooperative play, reduction in inappropriate or aggressive behaviors, and successful relationships with peers and adults.  The program follows the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks. Instruction is presented at the student’s level and according to the student’s Individual Education Plan.

AUTISM MIDDLE SCHOOL   Ludlow

Level: Secondary Grades 5-10

Program Description: The AMP Program is designed for students with moderate to severe autism and other related disabilities. The program focuses on teaching students the skills to achieve as much independence as possible in the school and community. It is a small structured program with a classroom teacher and paraprofessionals. Inclusion in non-academic and academic areas, when applicable, is an important component. The program is designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, daily living skills, social skills, cooperative play, reduction in inappropriate or aggressive behaviors, and successful relationships with peers and adults. The program follows the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks. Specialized Instruction is presented at the student’s level and according to the student’s Individual Education Plan.

BRUSH HILL ACADEMY (BHA)  West Springfield

Level: High School

Program Description: Brush Hill Academy (BHA) is a forward-thinking, alternative education program in which general education and special education teachers provide small group and individualized support, with a maximum of 12 students per class. A clinical consultant provides group counseling and consultation to staff to provide support in managing at-risk behavior. The program serves general education and special education students who are considered at-risk and who may have mild social/emotional needs. The program is located in LPVEC’s Career and Technical Educational Center, giving students access to a state-of-the-art vocational program. The academic piece of the program follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Career and technical education follows the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks. Students may take courses online, face-to-face or in a hybrid format.

CAREER PREPARATION PROGRAM   Hampden-Wilbraham

Level: High School

Program Description: The Career Preparation Program is designed for adolescents with moderate delays in academics, language, and social skills. This program provides instruction in all academic areas at levels modified to students’ learning abilities. Focus is also placed on developing pragmatic skills and life skills. Older students have the opportunity to participate in pre-vocational experiences in the building and in the community. The Career Prep Program provides a small, structured setting that allows for individualized and small group instruction. The program is located in one of our member district high schools, providing students with the opportunity to participate in mainstream classes.

CAREER SKILLS   East Longmeadow

Level: High School

Program Description: The Career Skills Program is designed for adolescents with mild to moderate learning disabilities with high-functioning Autism. There is a strong emphasis on academics, technology and social skills as students prepare to be college and career ready when they complete high school. Students have the opportunity to take courses online, face-to-face or in a hybrid format. Career Skills offers group pragmatics and social skills instruction, support in improving executive functioning, and group counseling to support students in navigating their social environment effectively and successfully. Career Skills is located in one of our member district high schools; students have access to the general curriculum through mainstream classes within the building. They may also access LPVEC Career TEC for vocational education if appropriate.

COMPASS MIDDLE SCHOOL   Longmeadow

Level: Middle School

Program Description: The Compass Middle School program is designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Compass Middle offers group pragmatics and social skills instruction, support in improving executive functioning, and group counseling to support students in navigating their social environment effectively and successfully. Students develop skills for self-advocacy, social behaviors, interpersonal communication, and self-monitoring capabilities. There is a very strong emphasis on social pragmatics, helping students develop skills such as joint attention, perspective taking, and social interest. Students may transition from Compass Middle School into LPVEC’s high school programs if determined appropriate by the special education team.

COMPASS HIGH SCHOOL   Ludlow

Level: High School

Program Description: The Compass High School program is designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Compass High offers group pragmatics and social skills instruction, support in improving executive functioning, and group counseling to support students in navigating their social environment effectively and successfully. This program focuses on developing communication skills, self-regulation, academic skills, daily living skills, and independence. Students develop skills for self-advocacy, social skills, interpersonal communication and self-monitoring capabilities. There is a very strong emphasis on social pragmatics, helping students develop skills such as joint attention, perspective taking, and social interest.

COPA  Ludlow

Level: High School to Age 22

Program Description: The COPA Program is designed for students with moderate to severe Autism and other related disabilities that may require physical assistance, personal care assistance and/or medical care. The program focuses on teaching students the skills to achieve as much independence as possible in the school and community. Students are also taught functional academics, adaptive living skills, and pre-vocational skills using elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Applied Verbal Behavior. Elements of ABA are used to develop basic skills like looking, listening, and imitating, as well as complex skills like reading, conversing, and taking the perspective of others. All students are assessed upon entry and throughout the year using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment Placement Program (VB-MAPP) to determine their developmental levels pertaining to communication, academics, behavior, daily living, social skills, and transition.

INTEGRATED OCCUPATIONAL PREPARATION (IOP)   West Springfield

Level: High School

Program Description: The IOP Program is designed for students with mild cognitive delays and language learning disabilities who meet the criteria for Career and Technical Education as outlined in the CTEC application for admissions. The program combines academics, career and technical education, and employability skills. Students spend half of their school day in academics and the other half in career and technical education. The focus of IOP is to provide academic instruction to meet graduation requirements and prepare students for successful placement in a career/technical field. The program is located in the Lower Pioneer Valley’s Career and Technical Education Center in West Springfield.

TRANSITIONAL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM (TAP)   West Springfield

Level: Middle School and High School

Program Description: The TAP program designed to provide temporary instructional and counseling support (as needed) for students who are suspended from their current school or transitioning between educational placements. TAP is a well-supervised, highly structured program that provides clear and consistent behavioral and academic expectations. Students may attend this program from one to forty-five days. Academic work, textbooks, and other class-specific materials are provided by the student’s home school district. Students in the TAP program may participate in physical education classes on-site.

TWAIN   West Springfield

Level:  High School

Program Description: The TWAIN Program is designed for students with social/emotional and behavior disorders. The program focuses on developing skills related to self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship building. The program is located at LPVEC’s facility on Brush Hill Avenue in West Springfield.  Students may access Career TEC for vocational education if appropriate.  The program follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students also receive individual and group counseling to facilitate the development of the critical skills needed to manage their own behavior.

VOCATIONAL PREPARATION PROGRAM (VPR)   Hampden-Wilbraham

Level: High School/ High School Plus

Program Description:

This program is designed for students with moderate delays in cognitive ability. It provides a half day of functional academics and a half day of vocational skills training either in a vocational educational program or in a community job placement. The program prepares students to make the transition from school to the world of work and adult life. The program is located in one of our member district high schools, providing our students with the opportunity to participate in extra – curricular activities, mainstream classes and school assemblies. The program follows the Common Core State Standards. Instruction is presented at the student’s level and according to the student’s Individual Education Plan.