The goal of the program is to foster student engagement and independence while also building a student’s ability to use skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Academics: All graduation requirements (academics and electives) are offered through SED. Academic Strategies intertwines executive functioning skills training and support with Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group.

The SED Program consists of four teachers, two social workers, and a behavior interventionist who work closely to support students throughout their continuum of services and individualized education program. Social work supports are integrated at 40 MPW of group skills. DBT tenets: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Students transition back into the LRE once they demonstrate the ability to consistently meet expectations in the areas of: increased attendance rates, better classroom participation, improved work completion, respect for self and others, independent use and improved resilience and perseverance.

Oak Park and River Forest High School -Department of Special Education

Program Chair

Linsey Kirby

Executive Director of Special Education

 Shalema Francois-Blue

Assistant Director of Special Education

Dr. Lesley Roberts