Welcome to Special Education-Office of School Leadership

  • Vision

    The Office of School Leadership operates to ensure all Washoe County School District schools attain the highest standards of educational excellence. As a result, all WCSD schools will demonstrate substantive annual progress with all served student groups.  As students transition to new schools and experiences, either within the PreK-12 system or as they matriculate from the system, they will demonstrate readiness for the academic and life challenges ahead of them.

    Mission Statement

    The day to day mission of the Office of School Leadership  is to support and supervise all WCSD schools to ensure that the learning and social-emotional needs of each student are being met. This includes support for students, teachers, principals, all staff, and families. It further requires strong advocacy on behalf of our schools and in turn holding each of our principals and department leaders accountable to high professional expectations.        

     2020-21 OSL Verticals By Area and Special Education Organizational Chart


    Special Education Staff Directory 


    Programs and Related Services

    Adaptive Physical Education

    Assistive Technology


    Autism Programs

    Comprehensive Life Skills (CLS)

    Early Childhood - Child Find

    Hearing Impairment

    Home and Hospital Services

    Occupational Therapy

    Physical Therapy

    Positive Approaches to Student Success (PASS)

    Social Intervention Program (SIP)

    Speech and Language

    Transition Services

    Visual Impairment (VI)



    alternate diploma guide Diploma Options

    Do you need information on the various Diploma Options for your student? There are now three options: the Standard Diploma, the Alternative Diploma, and the Adjusted diploma. Click below for more information on the Nevada Alternative Diploma. 

    NV Alternative Diploma Implementation Guidance

    For more information on specific credit guidance in academic content areas or NVACS Connector Standards Click Here







    IEP Reflective Roadmap

    The Office of Student Services is pleased to Announce that the Reflective Roadmap is now available for Families and Staff online and from individual school sites. The Roadmap is a tool to help guide parents and guardians through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

     This document is provided in an effort to assist families and staff in creating a comprehensive and collaborative Individualized Educational Program. The Roadmap gives the opportunity for families to reflect on their student's needs, concerns, and goals for the future.

    For more information, click on the image(s) below. 
     IEP Plans Parent Resources  Family And School Partnerships
      New to WCSD FAQs


  • Executive Assistant 
    to Jennifer Van Tress
    Area Superintendent, Special Education
    (775) 789-4659
    Executive Assistant 
    to Angela Flora 
    Special Education Program Director
    and Jessica Medulla
    Special Education Operations Director
    (775) 789-4633
    to Special Education Administrators
    OSL, Special Education Department
    (775) 789-4663
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Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.