Special Ed and Student Svs Staff and Programs

Special Education Staffing
The Medford Area Public School District offers a wide range of special education staff and services for students in our school district. We employ:
Director of Student Services and Special Education
2 School Psychologists
3 Speech Language Pathologists
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Special Education Secretary
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
5 Special Education Teachers at MAES
Special Education Teacher at SES
7 Special Education Teachers at MAMS
6 Special Education Teachers at MASH
Vision Impaired Services (CESA 10 contracted)
Hearing Impaired (CESA 10 contracted)
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sign Language Interpreter
Paraprofessional Support in each building
Adaptive Physical Education teachers at MAES, MAMS, and MASH  
Research and Evidence Based Curriculum
We use research and evidence based curriculum in our special education classrooms. These include, but are not limited to:
Wilson Reading
Wilson Fundations
Corrective Reading Decoding Strand
Reading Mastery Signature Series
Edmark Reading
Read 180
Academy of Reading
Achieve 3000
Reading Assistant
Expert 21 
Saxon Math
Voyager Math
Voyager Math Live
Connnecting Math Concepts
Academy of Math
Number Worlds
Everyday Math.
New this year is the addition of Apple iPad technology into many of our special education classrooms. Last year we added promethean boards in middle and high school special education classrooms. New teacher and additional student computers have also been added.  We remain diligent in staff training and use of this technology with our students with disabilities to help them become 21st century model students.  The purchase of this technology has been made available through ARRA stimulus funds, federal IDEA grant, and local grants.
County-Wide Committees
As the Director of Student Services I am a regular member of county-wide committees to help promote regular collaboration of ideas and resources between the school district and local organizations. These include: 
Special Education Advisory Council
School Health Advisory Council
Community Learning Center Advisory Council
Alternative High School Advisory Council
Taylor County Interagency Communications
Taylor County Safe and Stable Families 
Taylor County Prevention Council
Taylor County Early Childhood
Taylor County Parent Resource Center Board of Directors
Taylor County Library Board of Directors
Taylor County Family Support  
Medford Adult Diploma Academy
We have started a Medford Adult Diploma Academy for students 18 years of age and older who never completed high school and would like to earn a traditional high school diploma. This is a collaboration between NTC and the Medford Area Public School District. For more information contact Alternative School Teacher Cindy Gibson at 715-748-1520. 
Taylor County Alternative High School
The Medford Area Public School District offers the Taylor County Alternative High School Partnership for students at risk of not graduating from high school.  We offer morning and afternoon sessions where students attend school for three hours per day and perform work or community service hours for an additional 15 hours per week. For more information contact Alternative School Teacher Cindy Gibson at 715-748-1520.
Student Services
We offer Student Services programs including, but not limited to:
School Guidance Counseling at MAES and SES
School Guidance Counseling at MAMS
School Guidance Counseling at MASH
Police Liaison
School Nursing
English Language Learner
Four Year Old Kindergarten Programs at MAES and SES
Preschool Options
Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Model
Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model
Foster Grandparent Program
Senior Citizen Employment Training
Grandma Readers at MAMS
Medford Alternative Program at MASH
Taylor County Alternative High School Program
Medford Adult Diploma Academy
Taylor County Reality Fair
Gifted and Talented
Read 180