Kent ISD & Member District Special Education Equity Statement
We are committed to eliminating barriers that are grounded in systemic bias, structural racism, and other forms of racial disparities for our Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color with disabilities. In support of our students with disabilities reaching their fullest potential, we will actively engage in learning and leadership to:
- Promote culturally responsive special education programs/services
- Advocate for practices and procedures that eliminate over/under representation in qualifying for special education
- Promote equitable discipline practices that reduce disproportionate removals
- Promote practices to eliminate disproportionate participation in more restrictive settings
- Seek engagement and promote collaboration with families in the IEP process
- Hire staff who are representative of the students with disabilities being served
Guidance & Resources for Special Educators
This site will provide you with the information needed to implement exceptional and equitable systems that support special educators and our students to reach their full potential. You will find resources to support IEP compliance and guidance, assistance for high-quality programming, webinars for your professional learning and tools for technology and accessibility.
Aligning Programs for Student Success
Kent ISD strives to provide a continuum of services for all learners to be fully prepared for their future in college, career and life. Through an envisioning process underway, we intend to better align our programs for Kent Career Tech Center and Kent Transition Center students and provide the best pathways for them to be successful. Our goal is for all students to be engaged, empowered and supported with equitable resources and opportunities allowing them to achieve success to their highest potential. Updates will be provided along with opportunities to provide input throughout the envisioning process.
- NEW! Contingency Learning Plan Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year
- A Parent's Guide to Understanding Contingency Learning Plans
- Provision of Special Education and FAPE Q & A Part II
- MI Safe Schools Roadmap Companion Guide
- Kent ISD Mental & Social-Emotional Health Companion Document to the MI Safe Schools Roadmap
- Mental Wellness and COVID-19
Kent ISD Special Education Department
We are dedicated to providing quality programming intended to support and enhance our member districts (local school districts and public school academies). In partnership with our member districts and community partners, the department strives to improve student outcomes for all students with disabilities ages birth to 26.
There are approximately 14,000 students with disabilities served by Kent ISD's 20 local school districts, 23 public school academies and 62 nonpublic schools. Collaborative supports, guidance, resources and technical assistance is provided by Kent ISD to assist with professional development, program development, parent support, technology and legal requirements to ensure that individual and the unique needs of all students are addressed.
Kent ISD provides special education services such as Assistive Technology, Coaching for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social-Emotional Learning and Specially Designed Instruction as well as Transition, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (Behavior, Literacy and Math), Visual Impairment/ Physical Therapy services, and Center Programming for students throughout the county.