Special Education

  • Core Purpose:  In partnership with our families and communities, Community Unit School District 308 will educate all students to reach their highest potential.
    • All students are general education students first
    • Special education is a service for students with an identified disability
    • Special educators (including related service providers) utilize specialized instruction for the purpose of acquiring the necessary skills to master grade level standards 

    Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 

    Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) was passed by Congress to ensure all students with disabilities ages 3-21 would receive a free and appropriate public education to meet their individual and unique learning needs.

    We believe that all students are general education students first. We provide special education students with equal access to regular education programs and facilities. The term "special education" means specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Special Education is a service, not a place. Decisions regarding services are based on a child's needs and provided within the school of attendance whenever possible.  Diagnostic and support services should be made available to students in a manner that is nondiscriminatory and recognizes the individual needs and differences of children, their families, their culture, and the community in which they live.

    The Special Education Referral Process

    If a parent has concerns about their child’s academic or social emotional progress,as it relates to education, they should contact their child’s building administration. Please consult the following websites for comprehensive information regarding the special education and response to intervention process:

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    Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois  (English/Spanish)

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Special Education and Support Services
    June 2009 

      Special Education Team Members

      • Jennifer Volpe
        Executive Director of Special Education
        (630) 636-3484
        Susan Tiedt
        Director of Special Education
        (630) 636-4370
        Leslie Springer
        Assistant Director of Special Education
        (630) 636-4634
        Eric Watt
        Instructional Coordinator for
        Assistive Technology Services
        (630) 636-3673
        Mark Wilson
        SpEd-Senior Tech Leader
        (630) 636-4647
        Kim Richmiller-Zinn
        Assistive Technology Specialist
        (630) 636-2795
        Amy Vandenberg
        Special Education Office Manager
        (630) 636-4635
        Aubrey Davila
        Special Education Secretary
        (630) 636-4374
        Darcy Durkee
        Special Education Secretary
        (630) 636-3089
        Special Education Coordinators