INCLUSION AT CAB CALLOWAY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Cab Calloway School of the Arts educates all students in an inclusive environment. Cab operates in accordance with Red Clay School District’s vision that all students receive the educational and related services necessary to experience academic success and become college and career ready in the most inclusive environment appropriate. Cab’s goals are aligned with Red Clay’s strategic goals of Academic Excellence, Future Ready, and Success for All. Cab follows Red Clay’s focus within these goals on inclusive practices in the following areas:
- Inclusive School Culture
- This includes Culturally Responsive Practices and Trauma-Informed Systems
- Academic Supports & Interventions
- This includes Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for academics, English Language Development (ELD) instruction, and Specifically Designed Instruction (SDI) for students with disabilities
- Social/Emotional Support & Interventions
- This includes Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for social/emotional and behavioral skills
- Autism Support
- Family Engagement
Similar to all schools in the district, Cab’s faculty and administration have developed a Campus Action Plan which outlines goals, actions, and measures that assures that the Cab Calloway faculty, staff, and administration continue to work toward a more inclusive and effective school for all students’ academic and social development. The Campus Action Plan is centered on several themes, such as:
- Celebrating the Success of all Students
- Creating a School-wide Culture of Inclusiveness
- Implementing Co-Teaching as needed
- Developing Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- Establishing Active Learning Environments
- Implementing Successful Evidence Based Instruction
- Improving Grading and Student Assessment
In order to accomplish these goals, continuous professional development will be presented at the school and district level. Cab Calloway School of the Arts can boast that Cab’s structure will afford our students a superior educational opportunity in the arts and the academic subjects. Cab provides:
- A dedicated and highly qualified staff of teachers and administrators who put children first by developing a curriculum and classroom structure that strengthens students’ weaknesses and works through their strengths by focusing on the individual child.
- Curriculum Level Teams who can creatively plan grade level lessons according to what works best for each child. These teams meet once a week and have a chance to have several voices speak about children who require additional attention.
- A Problem Solving Team that meets monthly, or as needed, to discuss and design a learning plan for students who cannot keep up in the classroom, even after several interventions have been tried by the teacher.
- A team of Specialists including but not limited to: Counselors, a Psychologist, an Educational Diagnostician, Special Education Teachers, and Paraprofessionals who can discuss, assess, and develop formal plans for students who need more intensive help.
- A cadre of students, representing all races, genders, and religions, regularly meet with the administration and selected staff on actual or perceived overt or underlined discrimination or concerns.
- A dedicated and highly qualified staff of teachers and administrators who put children first by paying attention to many students’ academic and mental well-being, especially while having to deal with COVID-19. They are enlisting our Wellness Center, School Counselors, Psychologist, and teachers to help identify and counsel, or refer, students and/or families as needed, to school-based or community based resources.