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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special education programming focuses on specially designed instruction that addresses children's individual needs and differences. Assessing, planning instruction, and monitoring progress is completed by a team of teachers who work with the child. It is each child's team responsibility to consider their abilities that will help them be successful and independent in compliance with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

How Does a Child Receive Special Education Services?

When a child is unsuccessful with interventions in the Response to Intervention (RtI) system, they are referred for an initial special education evaluation to determine if they are eligible for specialized instruction addressing their needs. To qualify for special education services, the child must have a disability. A comprehensive evaluation determines the existence of a disability, below average performance does not qualify a child for special education services. The school conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the child's needs. Based on their overall performance, the team determines if a child is eligible or ineligible for special education services. When a child qualifies for special education, the team develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that specifically identifies how the student's areas of need will be addressed through the development of goals and objectives. The IEP team meets annually to continually change their goals and objectives based on their present levels of performance. A child is comprehensively evaluated every three years. 

The child must meet Minnesota criteria in one or more of the following areas. Minnesota Statue (Chapter 2535 of Minnesota Administrative Rules):

Special Education Resources and Information

ROCORI Special Education Staff

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Leah Apel

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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Cheryl Astrup

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Mitch Beaudry

Titles: Teacher
Locations: CSE
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Melissa Boucher

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Julie Braegelmann

Titles: Teacher
Locations: DEF
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Cindy Brinkman

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Leslie Buttweiler

Titles: Teacher
Locations: CSE
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Charlie Chirhart

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Dana Claseman

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: JCE
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Kaylin Diaz

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Kim Emon

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Anita Erkens

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RHMD
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Rebecca Faber

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: DEF
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Jeremy Frank

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RHS
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Mary Fredrickson

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Julie Froehle

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Lori Givan

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Deb Hansen

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Sue Hoffmann

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHMD
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Jaci Hommerding

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Shelly Hoyt

Titles: Teacher
Locations: SEC
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Patty Janssen

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHMD
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Grant Johnson

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: JCE
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Irene Klein

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Julia Konop

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Alexa Lanz

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Rebecca Larson

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: DEF
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Karen Lincoln

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Michelle Lindstrom

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: DEF
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Lisa Ludwig

Titles: Teacher
Locations: JCE
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Regina Magedanz

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RHS
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Shannon Malbraaten

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RMS
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Mary McCabe

Titles: Special Education Coordinator
Locations: RMS, RHS, CSE
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Cindy McCarney

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Michelle Mehr

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: DEF
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Eileen Meyer

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Joy Mix

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: JCE, RHMD
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Mary Molitor

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Mandy Mosher

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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Rose Mueller

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: JCE
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Michelle Neu

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Rachel Neutzling

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RMS
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Christine Olson

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHMD
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Melissa Philippi

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Suzanne Phillips

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Shannon Pooler

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RMS, RHS
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Jessica Rennecke

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RMS
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Jessica Rodeberg

Titles: Teacher
Locations: CSE
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Amanda Ruegemer

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RHS
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Stephanie Ruegemer

Titles: Teacher
Locations: ALC
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Tammy Ruhland

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHMD
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Jessica Schade

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Kelly Schneider

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Marissa Schoenenecker

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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Nancy Schwindel

Titles: Paraprofressional
Locations: RHS
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Deb Soenneker

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: JCE
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Michelle Stab

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS, RHS
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Lois Stang

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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Marci Stang

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: SEC
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Julie Staska

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Sandy Stein

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Heidi Stenger

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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Lynn Stien

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Nancy Swanson

Titles: Paraprofressional
Locations: RHS
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Larry Syverson

Titles: Teacher
Locations: RHS
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Mary Theis

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: CSE
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Brenda Timm

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RMS
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Cindy Voigt

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: DEF
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Sara Whitcomb

Titles: Paraprofessional
Locations: RHS
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