Special Education Programming

RIDE’s Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports (OSCAS) ensures that children with diverse learning needs and children requiring special education services are provided equal access to a public education and that schools develop effective strategies for meeting the needs of these unique learners.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The state of Rhode Island is committed to providing educational opportunities for all students to achieve high standards. For students with disabilities, this means that the student must be provided with a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) designed to meet his or her needs and to provide the student with access and opportunity to attain those high standards. Their education must also be provided in the least restrictive environment, which for most students is the regular classroom. The foundation of the program for the student with a disability is the Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed by the IEP team. In developing the IEP, the team should keep as its focal point the RI Common Core State Standards and other standards of the general education curriculum that all students, including students with disabilities, are required to meet .

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Individualized Education Program

Secondary Transition Services

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports has actively worked with students, parents, local school districts, and other state and local agencies to promote an effective statewide system of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. This page provides information on Secondary Transition, some of the system structures RIDE has employed to improve transition outcomes for students in Rhode Island and links to sources of information for students, parents and professionals.

Stay connected with your Regional Transition Center!

Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers
The Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers provide direct technical support, training and information on transition services to school personnel in each region and assist in the development of statewide training and information activities.

Northern Rhode Island
Pawtucket, Central Falls, Johnston, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Lincoln, Burrillville, Smithfield, North Smithfield, North Providence
Cynthia VanAvery, Transition Coordinator 
Northern RI Collaborative - Transition Employment Center (TEC)
640 George Washington Hwy. Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
(401)721-0709
email: cvanavery@nric-ri.org
www.northernriregionaltransitioncenter.wikispaces.com

West Bay
Coventry, Cranston, Foster, Glocester, Foster/Glocester Regional, Scituate, Warwick, West Warwick
Therese Curran, Transition Coordinator
West Bay Collaborative
144 Bignall St.
Warwick, RI 02888
(401)941-8353 ext. 124 
email: Curranwbc@aol.com
www.westbayregionaltransition.wikispaces.com

East Bay
East Providence, Portsmouth, Warren/Bristol, Little Compton, Barrington, Middletown, Tiverton, Newport
Jane Cotter, Transition Coordinator
East Bay Educational Collaborative
317 Market Street  
Warren, RI 02885
Phone:  245-2045 x303  
email: jane.cotter@ebecri.org
www.eastbayriregionaltransition.wikispaces.com

Southern Rhode Island
North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly, East Greenwich, Exeter/West Greenwich, Chariho, New Shoreham, Jamestown
Joe Walejko, Transition Coordinator
Southern RI Transition Center
859 Nooseneck Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817
Phone: (401) 269-1107
email: jwalejko@nric-ri.org
www.southernriregionaltransitioncenter.wikispaces.org

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Check out this helpful resource
My Transition:  What Students Need to Know

Get in Touch!
Jane Slade
Transition Coordinator
255 Westminster Street,
Providence, RI 02903
401-222-8350
Jane.Slade@ride.ri.gov

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework to increase student achievement and social and emotional competencies through prevention and intervention in general education.

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Medicaid in Schools

Medicaid is a Federal/State program overseen federally by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

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Teacher Assistants

Teacher assistants play an integral role in the schools of Rhode Island. They provide instructional and other direct services to students under the supervision and direction of the classroom teacher or other certified professional staff. Teacher assistants are required to be trained before they are employed and to engage in ongoing professional development during employment so they can support school improvement and student achievement goals.

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