Syllabus question - sped high school ELA

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  1. Special-t

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    I teach 2 special ed ELA classes. They are for kids who are on a diploma track, but who need to be in a small ELA class. All their other classes are inclusive.

    The ELA classes are titled the same as their gen ed counterparts (American Literature, Expository Composition, etc).

    Should I mention on the syllabus that the class is taught by a special education teacher? Of course, my students know that I'm a sped teacher, I'm just wondering if I should include it in the class description on the actual syllabus for the sake of parents and administrative review.
     
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    I suppose that depends on who the syllabus is for and whether the classes will differ materially from their regular ed counterparts.
     
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    I'd mention the class is for students on the diploma track who need special education support and smaller class size for (name of class).
     
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    Unless the class is dramatically different from the general ed. class, I wouldn't think it is necessary.
     
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    Thank you all for your feedback. I've decided not to mention "special ed", but might say that it's a smaller class size with a focused curriculum. The class does end up differing quite a bit from the general ed counterpart, but the standards are the same. I think it's important to for the students and parents to know that they are in a class with added support.
     
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    I like that phrasing, Special-t.
     
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    This is what I chose to say:

    English 9A/B and 10A/B is a combined grade-level class with a small student-to-teacher ratio and a focused curriculum.

    Then I go on to describe the actual course.
     
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    That sounds good!
     

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