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Special Education

At Aspire Public Schools, we serve all children. We provide a comprehensive Special Education program with specialized academic instruction and supports, and a range of all related services.  We believe all children have the right to be part of the whole school community. Aspire’s priority is to coordinate and integrate all components of the instructional program to ensure ALL students receive what they need to make progress.

Aspire’s Special Education delivery will support all students in the Least Restrictive Environment through inclusive practices in collaboration with families, communities, and school site teams within the core program to address the unique needs of diverse learners.

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Families: It is our priority to closely partner with families in their child’s education journey, in particular the development of their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. To best serve all of our families, Aspire Public Schools has a highly accessible and responsive Special Education across our 3 regions and 36 schools.

In our Secondary Program, a collaborative effort between College Guidance Counselors and Special Education Post-Secondary Transition Planning ensures students are prepared for appropriate choices for continued learning, career planning, and/or independent living.

Aspire schools have highly-qualified special educators and related service providers who support students with Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe disabilities across our 36 schools in California.

Teammates: As a Special Education teammate at Aspire, you are part of a Professional Learning Community with role-alike peers across your region, which includes dedicated opportunities for professional development and professional growth.

Depending on location, Aspire schools are members of one of the following:

Information regarding each Aspire school’s Child Find, Student Study Team (SST), or Response to Intervention (RtI) process may be found on our individual school pages.

Special Education Contact Information:

Meghann Cazale, Senior Director of Special Education
Rainy Bruce, Specialized Program Director
Silvia Prado-Martinez, Special Ed Data Analyst

Aspire Bay Area Region
Jean Fagin, Regional Director of Special Education
Mayra Martinez, Special Projects Manager

Central Valley Region
Rebecca Chi, Special Projects Manager

Los Angeles Region
Ana Escalante, Regional Director of Special Education
Evonda Bullard, Special Projects Manager

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