Baltimore City Public Schools: Vision and Mission
- Accelerating the academic achievement of all students, in partnership with the entire community to ensure that students have the attitudes, skills, and proficiencies needed to succeed in college and in the 21st century global workforce.
- To accelerate student progress through effective implementation of the Master Plan, focusing on quality instruction, managing systems efficiently, and sustaining a culture of excellence.
Office of Special Education
The Office of Special Education is responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities (birth to 21) living in Baltimore City receive a free appropriate public education in compliance with legal mandates. Special education and related services are provided as stipulated by the students' Individualized Education Program. These services are provided in a continuum of settings, including regular education classes, resource rooms, self-contained classes, public, separate special education centers and nonpublic special education schools. Students with disabilities are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment with the appropriate supports and interventions to promote engagement in rigorous instruction, high achievement and post-secondary success for every student.
CHILD FIND - Child Find Program is provided by Baltimore City Public Schools to identify, locate, and evaluate, all children with disabilities, from birth through twenty-one years of age, who are in need of early intervention or special education and related services. The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available. The Child Find process is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and in the state regulations that govern Maryland’s early intervention and special education services. Child Find referrals are made by calling 443-984-1011.
SCHOOLS BY THE NUMBERS - http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/domain/5
CAREERS - http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=104
PARTNERS FOR SUCCESS - http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1486
SPECIAL EDUCATION CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SECAC) – http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1466
SPECIAL OLYMPICS - MARYLAND
- Special Olympics Maryland's Vision
The vision of Special Olympics Maryland is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community, and respected members of society.
- Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath
“Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” http://www.somd.org/about-us.html
Resources & Links
The Parents’ Place of Maryland - http://www.ppmd.org
Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) - http://www.mcie.org
The Image Center - http://www.imagemd.org
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center - http://www.nsttac.org
Governor's Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities - http://www.mdtransition.org/About%20Us.htm
Maryland Learning Links - http://marylandlearninglinks.org/955