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Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Special Education where our goal is to deliver quality education to students with special needs ages 3 to 21 through a continuum of services in the least restrictive environment possible.

Our staff consists of an Executive Director, Supervisors, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultants, Special Education Teachers, as well as Instructional and Personal Assistants. Related service providers include Speech Language Specialists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Behaviorists, and Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf.

We encourage the active participation of parents through our Special Education Advisory Council. The Council meets quarterly and provides opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to the district on special education issues. We look forward to working with you to achieve each student’s educational and career goals.

Core Beliefs and Educational Philosophy

We believe that all students are capable of learning through a shared responsibility of students, families, educators and community which is critical to the student’s success. We believe that each student has a right to an environment that is accessible, emotionally nurturing, physically safe, purposefully engaging, and intellectually challenging thereby preparing all children for the college and career of their choosing.

Parent Resources:

Parental Rights for Special Education

pdf English    pdf Spanish    pdf Portuguese    pdf Arabic    pdf Korean

Special Education & Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting Schedule 2014 - 2015:

pdf\ English     pdf\ Spanish

Gifted & Talented

Supervisor of Gifted of Talented:  Ms. Rita Routé (973) 321- 0819   rroute@patereson.k12.nj.us

Nomination
All students not previously identified shall be eligible for nomination for the program each year. Nominations may be submitted by students themselves, teachers, parents or any person familiar with a student's abilities, potential, performance, and/or past records. Nominations shall be based on evidence of high level reasoning ability and/or the development of unique products that demonstrate unusual academic ability.

Screening
All students not previously identified shall be eligible for nomination for the program each year. Nominations may be submitted by students themselves, teachers, parents or any person familiar with a student's abilities, potential, performance, and/or past records. Nominations shall be based on evidence of high level reasoning ability and/or the development of unique products that demonstrate unusual academic ability.

Identification
 This stage of the process requires the use of more off-level assessments to discern who top students are in each domain.  The Cognitive Abilities Test is used at all grade levels to find the most promising students in three domains: verbal, mathematical, and nonverbal.  Since the program will be organized in the three areas of Mathematics, English, and Science, these aptitude scores will be useful in rank ordering the students within each area for selection of the top 10% in a given grade level.  In addition to the COGAT, it is important to obtain teacher recommendations on these learners in their area of strength, with appropriate indicators for aptitude in these areas.

Students in the Paterson Public Schools will be assessed for Gifted and Talented starting in mid-February of each school year, using multiple measures that may include:

•       Cognitive Abilities Test

•       Student Questionnaire

•       Teacher Questionnaire

•       STAR Math STAR Reading

•       Parent Questionnaire

•       Portfolio of Student Work

Selection
A selection committee, whose members have received training in gifted education, will review all applications as they are received.  This committee makes the final decision as to which students qualify for the program.  It is important to ensure that underrepresented groups are considered for selection.  The use of nonverbal measures and the use of domain-specific scores should help with inclusion.  However, a selection committee will review the files of students selected for the program to ensure that these groups are adequately represented and evidence considered that would be important to their inclusion.

Any new students entering the Paterson Public Schools who are identified from another school district and miss the spring identification sessions will be screened during the first six weeks of the school year.  Students must be enrolled and attending to participate in the Identification Process.  Students enrolling from private schools are asked to call the Supervisor of Gifted & Talented Education for an appointment.  The selection process and evaluation process is in compliance with New Jersey Department of Education requirements for Gifted and Talented programs.

Gifted & Talented Application Process 2015

Every year the district identifies students as potential candidates for the Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented based on their NJASK scores from the previous year.  As a result, all students scoring at the advanced level of 275 or greater in Math and or ELA receive letters to apply.

However nominations of students that do not meet this standard may be submitted by teachers, parents or any person familiar with a student’s abilities, potential, performance, and/or past records.   These nominations should be based on evidence of high level reasoning ability and/or the development of unique products that demonstrate unusual academic ability.

A student shall be eligible for nomination for the program ONLY if he/she has not previously been identified.

Application Forms 2015

Gifted & Talented Links

National Association of Gifted Children

New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC)

Johns Hopkins University (CTY) Center for Talented Youth

Montclair State University

Rutgers University
Young Scholars/Courses in Gifted
Elizabeth Beasley
(848)932-4748

 

Accelerated Cohort at International High School

About the Program
The Accelerated Cohort at International is designed specifically for students who have the motivation and habits of mind to meet above-grade level academic standards.  The mission of this program is to provide a rigorous academic experience for students who have demonstrated high achievement across content areas in middle school and would like to begin exploring our more advanced curriculum and content in their ninth grade year. ACI students stand ready to make a commitment to their education and the culture of scholarship at International High School.  ACI fosters student preparedness for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses in Grades 10-12.  The Accelerated Cohort maximizes students’ learning experiences and their opportunities for admission to selective colleges and universities.
In addition to the PPS graduation requirements, ACI students will:

  • 1) Participate in a family orientation prior to acceptance into the program.
  • 2) Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average each quarter.
  • 3) Complete subject-specific summer assignments/readings.
  • 4) Participate in freshmen orientation
  • 5) Participate in at least one extracurricular activity/sport each year/National History Day.
  • 6) Complete 150 total community service hours.
  • 7) Apply and interview for summer academic experiences on college campuses after freshman year (International staff will support students through this application process).

 

Application Process and Selection
Advanced credit programs such as the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment require mastery of pre-requisite skills to achieve the highest levels.
Applications will be available on this website beginning March 15, 2015. In addition to the application, students will be assessed for entry into the Accelerated Cohort using multiple measures including:

  • 1) Interview
  • 2) NJASK Scores of 275 or higher (or comparable state assessment)
  • 3) STAR Reading and Math
  • 4) Cognitive Abilities Test (where applicable)
  • 5) Portfolio of Student Work
  • 6) Teacher Recommendations
  • 7) Report Cards
  • 8) Parent questionnaire

 

Selection
We are looking for students that are committed to academic excellence and growth. 
Approximately 25 students will be selected for admission to the Paterson Public School Accelerated Cohort. Students selected for the program will be admitted to an honors program aimed at preparing students for the rigors of advanced coursework during their 11th and 12th grade years. The selection committee at International High School will review applications.

 

Community Resources

Gifted & Talented Links
National Association of Gifted Children
Website: http://www.nagc.org/

New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC)
Website: http://www.njagc.org/

Johns Hopkins University (CTY) Center for Talented Youth
Website: http://cty.jhu.edu/

Montclair State University
Website: http://www.montclair.edu/gifted/

Rutgers University
Website: http://gifteded.rutgers.edu/

Young Scholars/Courses in Gifted
Website: http://www.davidsongifted.org/youngscholars/

Special Education Related Links

American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Website: www.aaidd.org

American Disability Association (ADnet)
Website: www.ADAnet.org

Center for Hearing and Communication
Website: www.chchearing.org

American Association of People with Disabilities
Website: www.aapd.com

Children’s Disabilites Information
Website: www.chidlrendisabilites.info

Special Education Related Links - continued

Parents with Disabilities Online
Website: www.disabledparents.net

Autism Speaks
Website: www.autismspeaks.org

NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities
Website: www.ncld.org

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Website: http://www.cec.sped.org

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey    
Website: www.cpnj.org

National Federation for the Blind-NJ     
Website: www.nfbnj.org

The Arc of New Jersey            
Website: www.arcnj.org

The International Dyslexia Association 
Website: www.interdys.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America - New Jersey                   
Website: www.ldanj.org

Performcare
Website: www.performcarenj.org

 

 

 

 

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Department Directory

Gloria Bodker

Executive Director of Special Education Services
973-321-0431
gbodker@paterson.k12.nj.us

Catherine Forfia-Dion

International Baccalaureate Coordinator
973-321-2541
cforfia@paterson.k12.nj.us

Maribel Franco

Administrative Secretary
973-321-2216
maribel@paterson.k12.nj.us

Katori Walton

Fiscal Monitor
973-321-0638
kwalton@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Rita Routé

Supervisor of Gifted & Talented Education
973-321-0819
rroute@paterson.k12.nj.us

Jannilka DeLeon

SEMI Coordinator
973-321-2365
jroca@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Dorothy "Dottie" Surita

McKinney-Vento (Displaced Students and Families)
973-321-0632
dsurita@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Special Education Supervisors

Elizabeth Caccavella

Schools: 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 24, 25, 27, ULA, RC
973-321-0688
ecaccavella@paterson.k12.nj.us

Dr. Yelena Gould

Schools: 28, NSW, STARS, Alternative Middle School, DESTINY, Great Falls, HARP, IHS/GMA, PANTHER, ROADS, Rosa Parks, YES

973-321-0677
ygould@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Alicia Pavone

Schools: Early Childhood, 1, 2, 6, 18, 20, 21, 26, AHA, Dale Ave., ELC, MLK
973-321-0858
apavone@paterson.k12.nj.us

Candice Vargas

Schools: Early Childhood, 6, 7, 9, 11, 29, DBA, NRC, ELC, EWK, Silk City
973-321-0637
cvargas@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

High School Special Education Supervisory Teams

Tanisha Tuck

Schools: CAHTS, GOPA, SOIT
973-321-1000 x51141
ttuck@paterson.k12.nj.us

Dr. Renee Archer

Schools: CAHTS, GOPA, SOIT
973-321-1000 x23908
rarcher@paterson.k12.nj.us

Temitope David

Schools: ACT, BTMF
973-321-1000 x50153
tdavid@paterson.k12.nj.us

Brenda Robinson

Schools: SET, STEM
973-321-1000 x27633
brobinson@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

School Based Supervisors

Kiai Jones

Schools: DFNA (4), 10, 13
973-321-0100
kjones@paterson.k12.nj.us

Jaime Conti

Schools: 7, 9, 27, DALE, EWK, NSW, 29, AHA
973-321-0330
jconti@paterson.k12.nj.us

Jennie Cadet

Schools: 3, 5, 15, DBT
973-321-0050
jcadet@paterson.k12.nj.us

Janelle Sisco

Schools: 6, 28, NRC
973-321-0280
jsisco@paterson.k12.nj.us

Rontai Carswell

Schools: 2, 12, 25
973-321-0120
rcarswell@paterson.k12.nj.us

Kiakoma Roberts

Schools: 8, 18, 21, 26
973-321-0260
kroberts@paterson.k12.nj.us

Carlita Rodriguez

Schools: 11, 20, 24, MLK
973-321-0160
crodriguez@paterson.k12.nj.us

Nicole Gibbs

Schools: 20 EBD Program (K-4)
973-321-0200
ngibbs@paterson.k12.nj.us

Naiobe Sharrock

Schools: MLK EBD Program (5-8)
973-321-0300
nsharrock@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

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