If you could harness the energy being expended in a Perry Creek Elementary conference room lately, you could probably light up the whole school. Heck, you probably could light all the schools in the Sioux City Community School District. This team is energized with a capital “E.”
It’s not their work with Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) that has ignited their passion, per se. Rather, it’s the success they are experiencing from it that has not only raised their hopes, but their expectations.
“I think special education used to be viewed as glorified tutors,” said Mary Duax, a special education teacher since 1990. “Students came to the resource room to get help with what they were doing in the regular classroom. Today it is meant to supplement what they are doing in the core. We are teaming with the general education teachers. The data shows that scores are going up, up, up, and students are exiting special education.”