Our Mission & Vision
Putting Children First Since 1972
HPEC Mission Statement
“High Plains Educational Cooperative will assist
and support the member districts in providing educational services
which will maximize opportunities for all children to live, learn,
and work in society.”
High Plains Educational Cooperative
is located in Ulysses, Kansas. The Special Education Cooperative
supports seventeen participating unified school districts over
twelve counties. HPEC districts cover 10,000 square miles in southwest
Kansas. The cooperative provides a range of support services for
students with exceptionalities, aged 3 to 21.
Approximately one thousand fifty students receive Special Education supports as identified in Individual Education Plans. The student percentage is 12% of the total population of the seventeen school districts.
The following school districts are members of HPEC:
Guiding Beliefs / Practices of HPEC
HPEC Practices & Inservices
High Plains Supports MTSS General Education Intervention
Kansas supports the use of school wide MTSS for providing general education intervention, (GEI). The system is designed on a three-tier system or both academic and behavior support. Using the MTSS model, students are provided support at varying levels depending on their needs. General education intervention places an emphasis on providing the intensity of instructional support in proportion to the presenting needs of children through methods of analyzing child data, implementing scientifically research-based interventions and monitoring child progress.
At any time during GEI, the team responsible for planning and implementing the interventions has three decisions that may be made:
Kansas regulations provide additional information, which describes when a school may refer a child for an initial evaluation.
School has data based documentation that strategies would be inadequate to address the cares of concern for the child.
School has data based documentation that indicates that prior to, or as a part of the referral the follow were met:
Response to Intervention Core Principles
HPEC and member districts support a Web-Based Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to be used to formulate a general education intervention plan based on the RtI model.
Initial Evaluation & Eligibility Determination
Professionals use expert judgment and look for converging data that determine two things from the evaluation (2 prong test):
After gathering all the evaluation data, the team, including the parent, convene at a meeting
Examples of Sources of Data
Continuum of Support Services
HPEC Support Services
Provides a related service through the identification of students with speech and language disorders; the diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech and language disorders; the provisions of speech and language services for the therapy or prevention of communicative disorders; and the counseling and guidance of parents, students, and teachers regarding speech and language disorders.
Provides a related service which identifies children with a hearing loss, determines the range, nature, and degree of hearing loss, including referral for medical or other professional attention for the habilitation of hearing; provides habilitative activities and hearing evaluations; and creates and administers programs for prevention of hearing loss.
Provides a special education service through the identification of children with special needs at the early childhood level; the provision of early childhood special education services; and the counseling and guidance of parents, teachers, administrators and other EC service providers regarding early childhood special education services.
Provide a related service for the remediation, restoration, or compensation for functions lost through illness or injury; the adaptation or modification of materials or equipment to give a student increased independence; the prevention of initial or additional deformity or disability through early intervention and programming; and the improvement of ability to perform tasks for independent functioning when functions are impaired or lost.
Provides a related service for the assessment of children and youth whose physical disability, motor deficit, and or developmental delay interfere with the learning processes and physical management of the school environment; the consultation and treatment of identified children and youth which may include training of developmental motor skills, ambulation and gait training, postural awareness, use of wheelchair, orthoses (braces), and other assistive devices.
Provides special education services to exceptional children. The major role of the specialist is to provide assessment; consultation for program planning and progress monitoring; and some direct service for instruction or case management purposes.
Provides special education services to exceptional children. The major role of the teacher shall be to support the student in the least restrictive environment by collaborating in providing instruction and to provide consultation to the regular education teachers.
Assists in the provision of special education and related services. Although paraeducators are employed and assigned to a professional, paraeducators are expected to work with teams of educators to provide support services for students.
Provides individual or small group instruction for students identified as gifted. Gifted Facilitators support children with exceptionalities in the general education curriculum in consultation to support students in the least restrictive environment. Facilitators assess students to assist in determining student performance and appropriate services.
Empowers educators and support professionals to concentrate their efforts on students by reducing time spent on paperwork. The netIEP reduces the training and learning curve for users. Because the netIEP is based on familiar tools such as a web browser, staff are able to easily adapt to the new tool.
Individuals working on a BS degree and teaching endorsement in education - HPEC will provide reimbursement for an individual’s last semester of tuition if the individual will 1) complete a degree, 2) be eligible for a teaching license and 3) begin work in special education. A plan will be developed in which tuition reimbursement will be traded for years of service.
Teachers with a BS or MS degree in education or related field working towards a teaching endorsement in special education - HPEC will provide reimbursement for tuition for students who have a plan of study that results in a teaching license with endorsement in special education. A plan will be developed in which tuition reimbursement will be traded for years of service.
The Board of Directors will reimburse certified employees for approved college hours who are currently under contract and will continue under contract for the following school year. Reimbursement will be provided for tuition up to $240 per semester credit hour for graduate hours and $50 for HPEC approved under-graduate hours, not to exceed nine hours per year.
Why work at HPEC?