Special Education Supervisor
The Ironwood Area School District is committed to providing quality special education programming and services. Ironwood administration and teachers work with families, the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District (GO-ISD), and outside agencies to individualize students' programs, enabling them to make progress in their grade-level curriculum in their least restrictive environment.
Ironwood Area School District Programs
Elementary: Our elementary department has four resource rooms to service our K-6 students. A resource room is designed for students who need support in the general education curriculum. The four elementary resource room assignments for the 2018-2019 school year are divided by the following grade levels and need: grades K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and a resource room that meets the needs of K-6 students who benefit from highly structured, positive behavior supports. In addition, GO-ISD therapists and a school social worker support these programs.
Middle School: Our middle school program offers a combination of resource rooms and teaming with general education teachers. This is done to allow for the greatest number of options in programming for the diverse needs of students. In addition GO-ISD therapists and a school social worker support these programs.
High School: Our high school program operates a combination of resource rooms and teaming with general education teachers. The focus is to help students with skill development, high school graduation, and transition to the world beyond high school. ISD therapists and a school social worker support these programs.
GO-ISD Programs and Related Services
Over one hundred of the already eligible Ironwood students require a review every three years to determine if they are in need of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary re-evaluation. The GO-ISD diagnostic staff and Ironwood special education teachers conduct re-evaluations in addition to evaluating students who are initially referred for special education services.
Three-Five Program: The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program services our children aged 3-5. This GO-ISD program, currently housed in Sleight School, also services Bessemer and Wakefield students. Please contact the GO-ISD for further information at (906) 575-3438, ext. 3.
Center-based Programs for Students with a Moderate Cognitive Impairment: The GO-ISD services our students with a moderate cognitive impairment (grades K-age 26). These programs, currently housed in our LLW and Sleight School buildings, also service Bessemer and Wakefield students. Please contact the ISD for further information at (906) 575-3438, ext. 3.
School Social Work
Speech and Language Therapy
Family Matters Fact Sheets
Family Matters provides parents and families with information about special education and other resources. Download the Family Matters information flyer and share it with parents and families that might be looking for information about special education.
Other agencies and organizations that work with families and schools to support students with disabilities.
Michigan Alliance for Families
A parent group that works directly with families across the state.
Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project
Works with schools, community partners, and families to support students with ASD.
Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP)
Mediators help resolve disagreements between parents and schools.
IDEA Grant Funded Initiatives
Various initiatives funded by the Office of Special Education to enhance its support for special education in Michigan.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
MRS helps individuals with disabilities enter the workforce.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
A federally-funded center that assists other parent training centers.
IEP and Programming Resources
Ironwood IEP Manual - EUPisd
Consent to Invite Community Agency
IEP Invitation Letter - Outside Agency
Signature Page for Meetings
Revocation of Parental Consent
Illuminate Training Document
Illuminate Eligible IEP Manual
Specially Designed Instruction Resources
Certificate vs Diploma
Consent for Release of Information
Parent and District Agreement to Excusal Prior to IEP Meeting
These are optional forms (examples) to use when a general education teacher can’t attend an IEP meeting and parents gave permission to excuse the teacher. This would fulfill the requirement of “written input.”
Student Performance Option #1
Student Performance Option #2
These are pre-written goals and objectives for reading and math standards from 5th grade through 8th grade. They are examples only. You need to adjust them for each student.
Standards Based Goals Example
If you are considering moving a student to a more restrictive setting. please review this document.
Protocol for referring a student to a more restrictive setting
Michigan Merit Curriculum
MDE Personal Curriculum
MDE Personal Curriculum Guide for Students with an IEP
Ironwood Area School District Personal Curriculum Referral and Plan
Student Intervention & Data Review
STEP - Student Educational Profile (rev. #3) [DOC]
Instructions on Saving STEP Form [PDF]
Considerations (Q & A) on using STEP Form [DOC]
SAT Fidelity Checklist
Evaluations for Special Education Eligibility
Consent for Release of Information
Initial Evaluation Timeline Extension Agreement
ASD Educational Evaluation Procedures START
Parent Reevaluation Questionnaire
Specific Learning Disabilities Evaluation Procedures
Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD
Cognitive Impairment - CI
Early Childhood Developmental Disability - ECDD
Emotionally Impaired - EI
Other Health Impairment - OHI
Physical Impairment - PI
Specific Learning Disability - SLD
Speech and Language Impaired - SLI
Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI
Special Education Processes & Timelines
IASD Due Process Checklists
MDE Administrative Processes and Forms
Meeting Mechanics Process Worksheet
Meeting Mechanics Process Summary
Meeting Mechanics Short Form
Behavior Supports & Discipline Policy
IASD Behavior Supports & Discipline Policies
Behavior Intervention Plan Template #2
Behavior Intervention Plan Template #3
CPS Dr. Ross Greene
Plan B Conversation Notes
Staff Response to Student Escalation Patterns
Interim Alternative Education Setting
MDE Seclusion and Restraint Resources
Policy for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint, 2017 - Michigan Department of Education
Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint Frequently Asked Questions, 2017
Thrun Seclusion and Restraint Regulations
MDE Seclusion and Restraint Documentation and Debriefing Forms
Emergency Intervention Plan
Student Needs Matrix
Student Needs Matrix Form
Student Needs Matrix with Goals (Fillable Form)
OSE Spotlight and CATAMARAN
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
K-12 State Asessments
MDE Assessment Accountability
General Assessment or MI-ACCESS
MI-Access is Michigan's alternate assessment system, and is designed for students who have, or function as if they have, significant cognitive impairments, and whose IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Team has determined that General Assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. MI-Access satisfies the federal requirement that all students with disabilities be assessed at the state level.
MI-Access is based on Michigan’s alternate content standards for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
IEP teams must follow the guidelines for participation in MI-Access. When any level of MI-Access is selected as the state level assessment for any student, schools must provide the parents/guardians of that student: (1) information regarding the academic achievement standards on which their performance will be measured, and (2) how participation in this assessment may delay or otherwise affect (or prevent) the student from completing the requirements for a regular high school diploma.
Required Case Manager Medicaid Documentation
GO-ISD Medicaid Guidance
Administrative Outreach Program Overview and Random Moment Time Study Information
Medicaid School-Based Services Manual
Medicaid School-Based Services Quality Assurance Plan
Medicaid Documentation Guidelines for Case Managers
Resources for Students with ASD
Peer To Peer
Universal Best-Practice Interventions for Students with ASD
Subject Area Resources
PBIS for Students on the Spectrum
Free Internet Modules - Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
GO-ISD Special Education Policies and Procedures
Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services
Special Education Center-Based Program Placement Guidelines
GO-ISD Inclusion Documentation for LLW Teachers
GO-ISD Student Profile