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The new multiple disabilities classroom at the elementary received new student resources this past year due to the efforts of their new teacher, Ms. Ashley Gilley. Donorschoose.org awarded Ms. Gilley’s class with books and other resources based on  her  request for assistance in funding their, “Teaching Social Skills to Students with Special Needs” project.

Donorschoose.org is a  free non-profit organization where teachers can receive funding for student resources. All that is required, once the resources are awarded and received, is a “thank-you package” for the donors that sponsored the project. Ashley inspired donors from Ohio, California, Virginia, New York, and Missouri to donate for their project. 

Kudos to Ashley Gilley  in going above and beyond to bring the best learning experiences to her students.

Debbie Bagby, Aide; Ashley Gilley, Teacher; Frelina Adama, Aide. Students, Brendan Johnson,

Bonita Jennings, Noah Cline, and Zander Rule.

To read Ms. Gilley's request from donorschoose.org, visit the link below. Learn how you can receive resources for your classroom projects.

Ms. Gilley's page at donorschoose

The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC) located in New Boston, provides support and services to educators, students, and parents in Scioto and other neighboring counties. Two services provided by the ESC include a preschool intervention program and programs for students diagnosed with multiple disability , MD classrooms. West currently has two MD classes in both the middle and elementary school, one MD class at the high school, and a preschool class at the elementary. These classes are just five of the twenty-three different MD cooperative classrooms supported by the ESC in Scioto County.

Working together teachers and students in the class strive to meet Extended-Ohio Academic Content Standards. The standards provide that “students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with multiple ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge” and “are designed to maintain the rigor and high expectations of Ohio’s Learning Standards”. (Ohio Department of Education)

Social skills for life outside the classroom are also a focus. Community-based instruction helps build social, independent living, and employment skills for students. Working together both in the classroom and through participation in school activities and events, students gain important inter-personal skills.

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