Special Education

Faculty

Laura Baumgardner M.S. Illinois State University lbaumgardner@pontiac90.org
Kristina Brunner M.S. Illinois State University kbrunner@pontiac90.org
Kaleigh Buchanan B.S. Illinois State University kbuchanan@pontiac90.org
Heather Christenson M.S. University of Phoenix hchristenson@pontiac90.org
Dana Knapp B.S. Illinois State University ddoroba@pontiac90.org
Danny Fiorini M.S. Illinois State University dfiorini@pontiac90.org
Dawn Mack B.S. Illinois State University dmack@pontiac90.org
Denise Mallory M.S. Saint Xavier University dmallory@pontiac90.org
April Schneeman M.A. University of Phoenix aschneeman@pontiac90.org
Angela Thomas, Dept Chair S.S.P. N.C.S.P. Eastern Illinois University athomas@pontiac90.org
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Course Descriptions

BASIC ENGLISH (750,751)
Class Level: 9, 10, 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course emphasizes basic English skills needed for daily living and leisure.  Sentence structure, paragraph organization, and completion of forms are emphasized.  Short stories and novels are also read to give the student a  knowledge of literature and to increase reading comprehension and vocabulary.
BASIC MATH (752, 753)
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is a two-year sequence designed to use the four basic mathematics processes to solve problems found in everyday life.  It will cover a wide variety of other mathematical topics as an introduction to pre-algebra.
BASIC GOVERNMENT (754, 755)
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course provides an understanding and appreciation of American government at the local, state, and national level.  Also included are the concepts of citizenship and freedom.  The state required Federal and Illinois Constitution tests are administered in this class.
BASIC CONSUMER SCIENCE (756))
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary and methodology involved in wisely buying goods and services.
BASIC SOCIAL STUDIES (757)
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course studies the regions and current events of Illinois and the United States.  Other topics include local events and their impact on students’ lives.  An extensive power point research project will be included, focusing on topics discussed in class.
BASIC SCIENCE (758, 759)
Class Level: 9, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the areas of physical science and life science.  Some of the topics to be covered are heat, light, sound, electricity, weather, plants, animals and ecology.
BASIC HEALTH (760)
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: None
This course stresses the health concepts important for personal well-being.  Topics covered include mental health, physical health, nutrition, drugs, human sexuality, safety education and environmental health.
BASIC SOCIAL SKILLS (761)
Class Level: 9, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
The main focus of this class is building successful relationships with others.  Role playing using aggression replacement training will assist students with an understanding of how to interact with others.
APPLIED ENGLISH (762, 763)
Class Level: 9, 10, 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to improve the student’s performance in written communication using activities and curriculum that focus on basic grammar, sentence structure, spelling and proofreading skills, It is also designed to build vocabulary and comprehensive skills by exploring a variety of literature.
READING ESSENTIALS (770-771)
Class Level: 9,10,11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
Corrective Reading courses offer di9agnostic and remedial activities designed to correct reading difficulties and habits that interfere with students’ progress in developing reading skills and understandings. Activities are chosen to increase or improve students’ reading comprehension, reading technique, and general literacy skills.
TRANSITIONAL ENGLISH (764, 765)
Class Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: None
Transitional English is a required course designed to meet the needs of the special education student who may eventually be placed into the general English curriculum.  The class focuses upon improving student performance in reading comprehension, writing skills, and oral communication.
APPLIED MATH (766, 767)
Class Level: 9, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This is a two year math sequence.  The areas covered the first year are 1)increasing computational accuracy, 2)solving word problems, 3)decimals, and 4)fractions.  The second year’s focus is based on a business-oriented curriculum that students will need for the work force.  Students may be mainstreamed into a general education math class after one year.
TRANSITIONAL MATH (768, 769)
Class Level: 9, 10, 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
Transitional math is designed to prepare special education student for algebra in the general curriculum.  This fast paced class review work with basic mathematical operations, percents, fractions, and introduces variables and graphing.
GOVERNMENT (774, 775)
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course prepares students to understand and get involved in American government at the local, state, and national level.  The state required Federal and Illinois Constitution Tests are administered in this course.
AMERICAN  HISTORY (776, 777)
Class Level: 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to develop a knowledge and appreciation of the United States and its history.  It will cover United States history from its beginnings to the present.  Focus will remain on the wars and the cause and effect they have had on the growth and development of our country.
HEALTHY LIVING (782, 783)
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course stresses the health concepts important for personal well-being.  Basic fundamentals stressed are mental health, physical health, nutrition, drug use and abuse, human sexuality, safety education, and environmental health.
RESOURCE (950, 951)
Class Level: 09, 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: None
This class functions as a study hall. The resource instructor will monitor and assist students in completion of homework and in preparation for quizzes and tests. The teacher also stays in frequent contact with the general education teacher to ensure that progress is being made.
ADAPTED LIVING SKILLS (998)
Class Level: Departmental Placement
Placement in this course is based on an Individual Education Plan.  The major focus is learning to communicate in the classroom and community using assistive technology.  Students’ needs are met based on their mental and physical disabilities.
LIFE SKILLS I & II (958, 959, 960, 961, 962, 963)
Class Level: Departmental Placement
This program is a community-based life skills program which teaches independence in five areas: domestic, vocational, recreation/leisure, community, and functional academics.