Kudos were given to Lincoln Elementary School Principal Tammy DeWolfe, special education teacher Cathy Royce and Director of Special Services Rebecca Odegard-Siegle at Mondayâ€™s CaÃ±on City School Board meeting, after the three educators worked to bring the Colorado Model Significant Support Needs Program Grant to Lincoln.
With all grants, DeWolfe
said, there is a workload that comes with it.
â€œIn the times that we are facing with additional accountability and less time and less resources, itâ€™s going to be a challenge for us to ideally pull this off,â€ she
said. â€œBut my hope is, that in the end, we will have a more efficient and more effective program running so we can leverage our resources and our personnel in the building; not only with our students with significant needs, but also our students with learning disabilities.â€
During the process, the CDE
also will offer evidence-based strategies to help Lincoln staff help the students to grow, DeWolfe
â€œIn addition to that, as they return to Denver, they have a cadre â€" a group of individuals that they will be sharing information with and getting other suggestions,â€ she
said. â€œSo, weâ€™re tapping into more than an instructional coachâ€™s knowledge; weâ€™re tapping into a cadre of experts in the area of special education that can help broaden our repertoire that we offer kids and staff to make schools effective and efficient.â€
Other components of the program include videotaping and webcam.
also said the school recently received an anonymous donation for $5,000 for their equipment for students with center-based needs.