CMS Special education - S.P.E.D. S.T.E.A.M.
Cleveland Middle School integrates Special Education students that take alternate assessments into general education classes on a regular and appropriate basis through mainstreaming. Cleveland Middle School values placing students in the least-restrictive environment to best meet their educational needs.
Special education students who are participating in a main-streamed classroom (as appropriate) will participate in classroom assessments with designated modifications/accommodations as detailed on the student's IEP.
As an example of project-based learning and community partnership, our Extended Resource Class, also known as CapableBunch, partners each November to sort, fold, label, and bundle bags for the Salvation Army. This is an event that has occurred 3 years running and has already been planned for next year. During non-pandemic times students were assisted in carrying filled bags to cars and practicing conversation skills with the recipients.
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.