Special Education

 “TEAMwork - Working Together for One Child at a Time”


Special Education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialized instruction in order to make effective progress in accessing curriculum. Individualized special education programs (IEPs) are cooperatively developed by the student's individual planning team lead by a TEAM chairperson, which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, and/or other specialists. These TEAMs make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.

Many times the Special Education process can seem confusing to parents with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If, at any time, you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP do not hesitate to contact the Special Education TEAM Chairperson for your child's school. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in, and through, the Special Education process. You may also contact the Special Education Administrator..

Determining Special Education Disability Eligibility

The Special Education Department has constructed a flowchart to show the steps in determining Special Education service eligibility for your child(ren), available in English, Spanish and Portuguese:

ENG https://docs.google.com/a/ashland.k12.ma.us/viewer?srcid=YXNobGFuZC5rMTIubWEudXN8YXBzMXxneDozOWRjM2M1NmFlYTliNDUw     SPAN https://docs.google.com/a/ashland.k12.ma.us/viewer?srcid=YXNobGFuZC5rMTIubWEudXN8YXBzMXxneDozOWRjM2M1NmFlYTliNDUw    PORT https://docs.google.com/a/ashland.k12.ma.us/viewer?srcid=YXNobGFuZC5rMTIubWEudXN8YXBzMXxneDozOWRjM2M1NmFlYTliNDUw

 Helpful Documents & Links

APS Special Education Manual  https://docs.google.com/a/ashland.k12.ma.us/viewer?srcid=YXNobGFuZC5rMTIubWEudXN8YXBzMXxneDozOWRjM2M1NmFlYTliNDUw

Frequently Asked Questions  https://docs.google.com/a/ashland.k12.ma.us/viewer?srcid=YXNobGFuZC5rMTIubWEudXN8YXBzMXxneDozOWRjM2M1NmFlYTliNDUw

Procedural Safeguards Notice  

A Parent's Guide to Special Education  View HTML Page

Special Education Laws and Regulations (DESE)  View HTML Page

 Owl Newsletters

Date PostedLink to Newsletter
June 23, 2020 View Newsletter No. 06 
February 18, 2020 View Newsletter No. 05 
December 17, 2019 View Newsletter No. 04 
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Contact Information


Kathryn Silva
Director of Student Services

Colleen Brewer
Administrative Assistant 

Jodi-Rene Anderson
Student Services Assistant 

87 West Union Street, Rm 4
Ashland, MA 01721

 ph: 508-881-0155
 fx:  508-881-0197

General inquiries should be emailed to:

Team Chairpersons

Grades PK-2
Sara Davidson
ph:  508-881-0147

Grades 3-7
Robin Todtenkopf
ph:  508-881-0196

Grades 8-12 
Jeanne Nisbet
ph:  508-881-0144