Office of Student Services

February 2018

Dear Cambridge Community,

Happy February! It certainly has been a long, cold winter to date. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we can survive this month with a minimal amount of snow and ice.

Over the course of this school year, the Office of Student Services (OSS) has been working diligently to help teachers succeed in providing high quality differentiated instruction. Our goal is for all students to thrive both academically and socially in school.

In order to meet this goal, OSS coordinators, Lead Teachers, and Inclusive Instructional Specialists have been focused on delivering professional development, on-site modeling and coaching, and in-class support throughout the school year across all schools. Special Educators and Related Services Providers participated in a series of webinars on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights about how humans learn ( Additionally, OSS has partnered with the Morse School in piloting UDL principles and practices school-wide. UDL breaks down barriers to learning for all students by ensuring meaningful access to the curriculum within an inclusive environment. This work has been exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done, but, most importantly, we are on the road and moving.

February is Black History Month! This is an opportunity for us to honor the history and contributions of African Americans.

Jean Spera

Interim Assistant Superintendent

Office of Student Services

Students receive a high quality education in the least restrictive environment through the provision of Specialized Services and Supports that meet their unique learning, social, emotional,and behavioral needs.

To collaborate with the school community, families, students, and community stakeholders to ensure the academic, social, and emotional success of every

Year 2 Goals 2014 - 2015 (updated)

OSS Strategic Plan