The current education program has moved from a learning contract mode of instruction to direct instruction. Offered is a core subject area (mathematics, social studies, English and science) instruction and credit recovery in those subjects. We are also using a teleconference system that allows our teachers to be able to provide instruction to both sides of our campus. We still offer special education services for those students who come with an IEP or 504 plan or who are in need of testing to receive these services. All of our teachers have their education certificate from the State of Wyoming. During our summer months, we have moved to a project based learning style to help facilitate positive and interactive learning opportunities for our students while allowing them to earn credits towards electives and/or credit recovery during this time.
Normative Services administers a program of education that typically developing children should receive, based on state standards and evaluated by annual state educational standards tests. General Education is the curriculum designed for all children which is meant to meet state standards, or if adopted, the Common Core State Standards. The General Education program is also the program which the state’s annual test, required by NCLB (No Child Left Behind,) is designed to evaluate.
All children should spend a significant amount of time in a general education classroom, unless it is in the best interest of the child, or because the child is a danger to him/herself or others. The amount of time a child spends in the general education program is part of his or her placement with NSI.
General Education and Special Education:
IEP’s and “Regular” Education: In order to provide FAPE for special education students, IEP goals should be “aligned” with the Common Core State Standards. In other words, they should show that a student is being taught to the standards. In some cases, with children whose disabilities are severe, IEP’s will reflect a more “functional” program, which will be very loosely aligned with the Common Core State Standards, rather than directly linked to specific grade level standards. Identified students have the opportunity to complete HiSET.
NSI offers a wide range of activities for our students with participation in Wyoming High School Athletics including; football, boys/girls cross country, boys/girls basketball, and boys/girls track. There is also a robust 4H program for NSI students that include animal showmanship, leatherwork and other areas. Many students participate in a voluntary bible study/youth group with volunteers that come to campus to facilitate these groups. An array of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and fishing are offered and we utilize a Sheridan YMCA for indoor recreation.
A recent programmatic change (to a strength-based trauma informed care milieu from a positive peer culture) has resulted in dramatic reductions (over 60%) in instances of physical management and AWOL attempts.