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April 28, 2012

Seattle Superintendent Candidate Press Conferences

Steven Enoch Press Conference by Melissa Westbrook:

You came saying you were looking for a good fit between you and the district. What do you think?

I hope my perspective can be useful and that I can be a good leader for this district but that's for the Board to determine. I really enjoyed visiting schools and seeing the good work going on.

We understand that your Special Ed program has been recognized as a model for inclusion; could you tell us about it and your thoughts on Special Ed?
The model for inclusion is the right thing to do for most kids (recognizing that some students have more severe disabilities). The secret to success is 1)have teachers who receive these students in their class know the IEP and its goals/outcomes, 2) aides with kids who need them but be sure that the aides don't solely focus on child to the point where the child isn't part of the class (what looks the least restrictive could be more restrictive). He said you need good communication between your special education director and teachers. He said in his district they did have to cut admn staff but that they kept the staffing in Special Ed and had a Special Ed ombudsman to help parents navigate the system AND keep staff updated.

Sandy Husk by Melissa Westbrook.

Video is available here.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 28, 2012 2:43 AM
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