Office of Special Education
Special Education
Dr. Lauren Katzman
Assistant to the Superintendent, Special Education
Room 910
2 Cedar Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: 973-733-6517
Fax: 973-733-8437

The Office of Special Education is charged with ensuring that children with disabilities are provided with an appropriate education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. The department is particularly focused on:

  • Increasing access to the general education environment
  • Providing access to the Common Core Standards
  • Increasing positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • Building operational structures to support these goals 


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing professional development to school staff, including Child Study Teams and teachers
  • Supporting schools to develop and provide effective special education services
  • Working with parents of students with disabilities to assure that their children are receiving the most appropriate special education services
  • Assuring that schools are in compliance with their mandated special education requirements

 

Accomplishments

The Office of Special Education works to continually grow in effectiveness to this end, recent accomplishments include the following:

  • The office has been restructured to include a strong focus on providing academic and social/emotional supports. To this end we have created the position of Director of Instructional Supports
  • We are working support schools in providing access to students with disabilities to the Common Core Standards
  • We have and will continue to train staff to provide positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • We have developed partnerships with parent advocacy and national organizations focused on effective special education
  • We have developed systems to increase compliance to mandatory timelines associated with student evaluations and the provision of special education services

 

 

Looking Ahead

Over the coming weeks and months, the Office of Special Education will work with schools to:

  • Provide students with disabilities with access to the Common Core Curriculum
  • Review IEPs to assure that students are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate
  • Conduct evaluations in the appropriate time and provide services as they are stated in the IEP
  • For students 14 and older, develop transition plans that see them through high school and beyond to post secondary education, employment, and independent living

 

 

Ways to get Involved

Our goal is to provide appropriate and effective special education services to students in Newark Public Schools. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, you are a full member of the IEP Team and we encourage you to take this membership very seriously. If you have ideas or feedback, please attend the monthly Special Education Parent Action Committee(SEPAC) meetings or reach out to the Office directly.