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Special Education Department
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Department Chair
Tina Saviano
(630) 681-3128


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The Glenbard North Special Education Department's mission is to facilitate appropriate education for students with diverse learning needs and abilities; this is accomplished by collaboration with general education to provide a continuum of services delivered in the least restrictive environment in partnership with families. We believe that:

   * All students can learn.
   * Respect and dignity are essential in the learning process.
   * Learning must be meaningful to the student.
   * Special education is not a place, but a designated array of supports and services.
   * All educators share the responsibility for the education of all learners.
   * Education will provide appropriate instruction, resources, and support to meet diverse learning needs.
   * Students should have equal opportunities to participate in educational programs and school activities, which are appropriate for their education.
   * Collaboration and communication are vital to the educational partnership among students, parents and educators.
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Staff Listing


Special Ed Instructional Aide
Caitlyn
Chase
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Ed Instructional Aide
Katelyn
McNamara
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education
Andrew
Adduci
630-681-3245
ext.
3536
Special Education
Hayley
Artis
630-681-3225
ext.
3243
Special Education
John
Baloun
630-681-3952
ext.
3436
Special Education
Jennifer
Boulton
630-681-3331
ext.
3027
Special Education
Stasie
Brogan
630-681-3343
ext.
3345
Special Education
Heather
Bulawa
630-681-3210
ext.
3540
Special Education
Michael
Dietmeyer
630-681-3309
ext.
3216
Special Education
Mimi
DiLeonardi
630-681-3203
ext.
3826
Special Education
Jeff
Edwards
630-681-3211
ext.
3539
Special Education
Laura
Edwards
630-681-3175
ext.
3419
Special Education
George
Felt
630-681-3404
ext.
3408
Special Education
Erica
Filyo
630-681-3196
ext.
3240
Special Education
David
Hennessey
630-681-3400
ext.
3863
Special Education
Michelle
Leahy
630-681-3901
ext.
3265
Special Education
Samantha
LeCrone
630-681-3217
ext.
3837
Special Education
Anne
Mastandrea
630-681-3196
ext.
3240
Special Education
Michael
McCormick
630-681-3388
ext.
3270
Special Education
Sara
Michelini
630-681-3383
ext.
3878
Special Education
Edwin
Monarrez
630-681-3135
ext.
3831
Special Education
Frank
Neuner
630-681-3385
ext.
3855
Special Education
Dino
Petrin
630-681-3140
ext.
3606
Special Education
Mary Kay
Rensch
630-681-3345
ext.
3325
Special Education
Jaimee
Schackmann
630-681-3393
ext.
3873
Special Education
David
Stanfield
630-681-3232
ext.
3405
Special Education
Melanie
Unterman
630-681-3304
ext.
3838
Special Education
Patricia
Wales
630-681-3407
ext.
3441
Special Education
Jay
Westra
630-681-3227
ext.
3824
Special Education
Samuel
Wilson
630-681-3336
ext.
3278
Special Education
Michelle
Yudys
630-681-3348
ext.
3032
Special Education Aide
Jose
Alfaro
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Brian
Allen
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
William
Allen
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Rebecca
Anderson
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Nancy
Austin
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Donna
Dluzen
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Karen
Esposito
630-681-3154
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Joseph
Gomez
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Charity
Hoogenboom
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Renee
Hrynewycz
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Jennifer
Keers
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Ayesha
Khan
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Paula
LeClercq
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Judith
Mahoney
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Danielle
Nikel
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Lisa
Palmisano
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Kevin
Sabo
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Kristine
Santino
Spec Ed Office
ext.
-
Special Education Aide
Kundan
Soni
Spec Ed Ofc
ext.
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Special Education Aide
Debra
Wilcoxen
Sepc Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education DC
Tina
Saviano
630-681-3128
ext.
3830
Special Education Job Coach
Louise
Loewer
630-681-3176
ext.
3832
Special Education Job Coach
Chris
Powell
630=681-3395
ext.
3395
Special Education RN Aide
Heidi
Braunschneider
Spec Ed Office
ext.
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Special Education Secretary
Darlene
Kling
630-681-3307
ext.
3410
Special Education Secretary
Janene
Matrisciano
630-681-3340
ext.
3221

Course Descriptions

The Pre-requisite for enrollment in the courses listed below is based on eligibility for special education services. Students are staffed into courses based on recommendations in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Course availability is dependent strictly on student need as documented in each student’s IEP. Not all courses are offered every year.

Integrated Instruction (Co-Taught) Courses

Integrated instruction (Co-Taught) courses are taught by an educational team comprised of a content area teacher and a special education teacher in a regular education classroom setting. The special education teacher provides special education services to adapt, as necessary, the curriculum to accommodate the individual student’s needs as dictated by the IEP (individual education plan). The special education adaptations includes: direct tutoring, study guides, repeated directions, small group instruction, cues/prompts, modified tests, task analysis, untimed and/or oral testing, note taking strategies and facilitation of communication with parent. The content teacher retains responsibility for the direction of the curriculum. The realignment of services is available to all students in the class regardless of whether or not the student has a current IEP.

While placement is dictated by IEP needs, students placed in integrated instruction (Co-Taught courses) should have a history of good attendance, study skills and a willingness to receive support services in the general classroom setting. Students are encouraged to enroll in a study hall for greater access to academic support in conjunction with placement in the integrated instruction (Co-Taught courses) as dictated by the IEP.
Possible course offerings: Extended Algebra;  Fundamentals of Geometry; Introductory Physical Science (IPS); Health; English 1; English 2; World Geography and Keyboarding/Technology Essentials; Biology, and Global Insights.
Guided Instructional Program

The Guided Instructional Program facilitates all the academic courses in addition to providing life-skill, vocational, and community based training. The focus of the program should be balanced between academic skills and daily living and working skills. When appropriate, students may access mainstream electives. 

Extended English 1-  1 yr, 2 credits, Fr.-  This double period English course is designed to support the most at-risk reader.  Students will be immersed in a standard English program emphasizing vocabulary acquisition, fluency, grammar, writing, and communication skills.  Importance is placed on intensive reading strategies in order to accelerate reading growth toward grade level proficiency.  Prerequisite:  For students reading significantly below grade as determined by standardized reading test scores and IEP recommendation.

ENGLISH 1 - Fr., Soph. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department. This course is designed for those students who require special assistance in reading and composition. Composition work focuses on improvement of sentence structure, mechanics of writing, and the construction of simple paragraphs. Reading for inferences, improving vocabulary, and developing study skills are also emphasized. This course fulfills the English requirement.

ENGLISH 2 - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department. English 2 is an activity-concept course. It gives the students experiences in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course gives the students opportunities to succeed in an English course. The students will read a collection of short anthology selections and a short novel. Students also learn to write a coherent, two-paragraph essay, as well as two-page research papers. This course fulfills the English requirement.

ENGLISH 3 - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course emphasizes reading and writing. Novels and short stories are read, with the emphasis on developing inference-making skills. Composition objectives include improvement of sentence structure, grammar and usage as well as construction of unified paragraphs. Additional units include poetry, the newspaper, business letters and resumes, and a library project. This course fulfills the English requirement.

ENGLISH 4 - Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department This course is designed to emphasize literature and focuses on making students readers “for life”. This course will expose students to a wide variety of novels and short stories that are of high interest to young adults. This course fulfills the English requirement.

SPEECH - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course deals with improving the Special Education students’ ability to communicate effectively. Topics explored include: informational, persuasive, demonstrative speeches, verbal and non-verbal communication, oral interpretation and mass communication. This course fulfills the speech requirement. There will be a $5.00 fee for performances.

READING - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course is designed to improve reading skills. Students receive individualized assignments based on their needs. The following skills are stressed: word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and functional reading skills. The course fulfills the English requirement and may be repeated.

STUDY METHODS - Jr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department Basic study skills are taught and reinforced. Time management, outlining, note-taking and test-taking are some examples of skills taught in this course. Daily study time is provided for practical application of study skills.

STUDY TUTORIAL - Fr., Soph, Jr. Sr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department Daily Study time is provided for practical application of study skills and tutorial support.  Students enrolled in the course are required to sign a contract and commit to utilization of services in the study hall.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of geography, the concept of culture, and to understand themselves as important people in society. Students study various aspects of past and present societies and how they affect our lives. The student is exposed to many social issues through different types of media: tapes, videotapes, magazines and group discussion. Basic map skills will also be taught. This course fulfills the social studies requirement.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD HISTORY - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - During this course, students investigate major political, economic, and social developments in the post-1945 world in order to understand the modern world.  Major themes include Modern Europe and the relationship between the United States and Russia, the rise of China as a global power, and conflict and crisis in central Asia and the Middle East.  This course is an excellent choice for those students who are creating a program of study that includes 3-4 years of Social Studies credit. This course fulfills the Global Studies recommendation.

U. S. GOVERNMENT - So., Jr., Sr., - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department  - Students in American Government will study both the classical political philosophies, or ideas, and the practical operation of government at the local, State, and national levels. Specific areas of study will include the formulation of foreign and domestic policies, the operation of the executive, judicial and legislative branches and the political culture of the United States. The role of the individual in state, local, and federal government will be studied too. To this end, students will be able to roll-play and engage in simulations throughout the semester. These types of activities will help to make the course more relevant to young citizens and future participants in the political process.
U.S. HISTORY - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department A study of the development of our country from colonial America through the twentieth century wars, this course is designed for those special education students who cannot be integrated into the U.S. History Basic class. This course fulfills the U. S. History and Constitutional requirement.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Course fee - $20.00 -Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - Designed for those students who, because of low academic skills or inappropriate classroom behavior, cannot successfully pass regular science class. This course exposes the students to the basic principles of Earth Science. This course fulfills the science requirement.

BIOLOGY - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education department.  Physical Science is suggested but not required to take this course.  In this course of study, students learn the fundamental concepts of biology through various laboratory investigations.  Topics covered include the study of cells, biochemistry, reproduction, physiology, heredity, evolution and the diversity of plans/animal.

MATH I - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course is designed for students who need to work on developing greater fundamental basic math skills such as basic computation and math concepts and basic geometry. Course can be repeated for credit as designated by IEP. This course fulfills the Math requirement.

MATH II - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course is designed for students to continue to build fundamental basic math skills and begin instruction in pre-algebra skills and geometric skills. Students develop clear understandings of mathematical principles, operations and their integration into real life situations while developing the foundation for further study in Algebra if desired.  Course can be repeated for credit as designated by IEP.  This course fulfills the Math requirement.

MATH III - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Approval of Special Education Department This course is designed for students who need to continue to develop basic skills in mathematical principles/operations and geometric concepts in real life situations and vocational areas. Course can be repeated for credit as designated by IEP. This course fulfills the Math requirement.

MATH IV - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. -  Approval of Special Education Department - This course is designed for students who need to continue to develop basic skills in mathematical principles/operations  and geometric concepts in real life situations and vocational areas. Course can be repeated for credit as designated by IEP. This course fulfills the Math requirement.  Students do not need Math III to take this course.

GEOMETRY - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite:  Approval of Special Education department.  Prerequisite course: Math III or Extended Algebra. This course is a study of geometry of the plane.  While formal proof is included, it is not emphasized to the same degree as in geometry.  A student who takes this course will be prepared for Intermediate Algebra.
INDEPENDENT LIVING - Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Course fee - $40.00 - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This class is designed to teach students the essential of establishing and maintaining a first home away from parents. Basic consumer skills: banking, credit, apartment leases, insurances, consumer purchases, and leisure activities will be examined.  The foods unit in a laboratory setting covers basic nutrition, shopping, meal planning and meal preparation. A parenting/relationship unit includes basic child development and psychology of the family. This course fulfills the applied arts and consumer education requirement. Course fee covers food labs and project expenses.

HEALTH - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department This course is designed for those students who, because of low academic skills or inappropriate classroom behavior, cannot successfully pass the regular health class. The course includes the study of mental health, importance of health for well-being, drugs/alcohol/tobacco abuse, nutrition, body systems, sexuality, disease and first aid. This course fulfills the health requirement.

INTRO TO ART - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - This course gives the student an introduction to music, art, architecture and different cultures. In addition, time is spent learning about the Chicagoland area and family heritage. This course fulfills the cultural arts requirement.

CAREER EDUCATION 1 - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Approval of Special Education Department - The purpose of this course is to provide the special education student with behavioral and pre-vocational skills that will foster more independence both personally and financially. This course is designed to introduce a student with little or no vocational background to basic vocational skills and to then build upon those skills as an independently functioning employee. At the completion of this course, each student will have an understanding of locating, applying, and interviewing for jobs. They will understand how to work cooperatively with others, handle conflicts, and maintain working relationships. Students will also understand how behavior and appearance are important on the job as well as filling out forms and basic real life math skills. This course fulfills the consumer education requirement.

Note: All Courses are aligned to Illinois State Standards.  All Curricula used by the Special Education Department may be adapted as necessary to meet the specific needs related to an individual student’s disability and IEP.



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