Special Education

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

Kent ISD Special Education Supports & Resources Website

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.  

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.

NEW! -  A Parent's Guide to Navigating the IEP Process

A Parent's Guide to Navigating the IEP ProcessThe Kent ISD Special Education department, in  collaboration with the Parent Advisors for Special Education (PASE), has developed this guide to make the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process more manageable and user friendly for parents. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Special Education Parent Handbook with Procedural Safeguards and other resources from Kent ISD and the Michigan Department of Education.  Click Spanish version of A Parent's Guide to Navigating the IEP Process for a Spanish version of the parent guide.



NEW!  A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504

A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504The Kent ISD Special Education Department, in collaboration with a countywide Section 504 Committee, has developed this guide to make the Section 504 process more manageable and user friendly for parents.

This document provides an overview of the Section 504 evaluation and eligibility process. Click here for the Spanish version of A Parent's Guide to Navigating Section 504.



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