• Dear Parents/Guardians:

    The Special Education Department is dedicated to providing supports and resources to students and families within the Westmoreland School Community, including special education, CSE and CPSE services. This site will direct you to academic, social, emotional and physical growth development resources for your child.

    Specialized staff and therapists contribute to the resources located on this site.

    We encourage you to utilize the information provided here to promote continuity and resources between home and school.

Westmoreland Hosts Training on Dyslexia

  • During Superintendent’s Conference Day on March 18, the Westmoreland Central School District hosted a training on dyslexia for more than 20 special education teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists and paraprofessionals from the Westmoreland, Clinton, New York Mills and Holland Patent school districts.  Training

    The training – to better understand what a dyslexic child faces in the classroom on a daily basis – was led by Linda Martin, director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central New York. Dyslexia accounts for almost 90 percent of all student learning disabilities. As a result, New York has made early screening for dyslexia and intervention a priority beginning in grades K-2.

    When asked about the event, one of our special education teachers said it best – “With more knowledge about how we can better screen for dyslexia and adapt our curriculum, we are going to change students’ lives.”

    As next steps, our Special Education Department is exploring ways STAR testing can also be used to screen students for dyslexia. Students in grades K-8 take a STAR diagnostic test at least three times each school year. The data from the tests helps us pinpoint which students continue to have difficulty with reading. Additionally, we will be looking at STAR’s curriculum based measures, also known as CBM’s, as another tool to help us screen for dyslexia. Last, but certainly not least, we want to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham program, which is renowned for helping teachers better connect meaning to new learning for dyslexic children. Westmoreland is very fortunate to have one of its own special education teachers going through the Orton-Gillingham training process provided through the Dyslexia Center!

Text-to-Speech Tutorial for Chromebook

Voice Typing Tutorial for Chromebook

Special Education Staff