Special Education

The Education Cooperative (TEC) provides an engaging and supportive learning environment that offers students opportunities to grow as individuals and become productive members of society. Our talented, experienced and caring educators work as an integrated team to empower students to embrace their dreams and goals, take control of their lives and be actively involved in their own learning process in order to reach their full potential.

TEC is an Educational Collaborative formed by a partnership between the School Committees of the towns and regions of Canton, Dedham, Dover, Dover/Sherborn, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Sherborn, Walpole, Wayland and Westwood, Massachusetts in accordance with  M.G.L. c. 40, §4E. Since 1968, TEC has provided a continuum of educational services aligned to the ever-changing needs of our member and non-member districts, their students and the education community as a whole.

We offer an array of specialized educational services for students with moderate to intensive disabilities ages 3-22 and provide families with local choices to meet their child’s individual academic, vocational, social, physical and health care needs. All TEC programs are specifically designed to provide meaningful and authentic inclusion opportunities in the next least restrictive engaging educational environment. TEC programs are embedded within the Metro-West Region public school districts as well as the beautiful TEC Campus School located in East Walpole; a Public Day Special Education School Program fully approved by DESE and home to TEC’s  Intensive Programs (PreK – age 22), TEC Alternative High School (Grades 8-12) and TEC’s Transition Program (age 18-22).

TEC works in partnership with the student’s home district to create a focused and engaging educational plan based on the student’s personal learning and health needs. This includes access to differentiated instruction provided by skillful, experienced educators and therapists and natural movement between TEC’s comprehensive programs based on the emerging needs and interests of the student.

• Approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
• Taught by highly qualified Massachusetts certified teachers and therapists.
• Educational and therapeutic staff seamlessly collaborate to ensure that consistency of instruction is embedded throughout each student’s day in every setting, to maximize student potential and continuously promote growth and independence.
• Students join a cohort of similar peers based on their level of academic and functional skills and social ability.
• Every classroom offers learners access to the latest educational resources and materials, effective instructional strategies and range of assistive technologies.

TEC’s students are supported by a comprehensive team of educational specialists including:

• Speech and Language Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Adaptive Physical Education
• Educational and Assistive Technologies
• Vision Therapy
• Music Therapy
• Board Certified Behavior Analyst
• Social skills training
• Pragmatic language instruction
• Nursing
• Reading instruction from a Literacy Specialist
• Counseling from licensed Social Workers
• Transition Planning & Services
• Community-Based Instruction
• Vocational Training

Read testimonials from our parents here!

For More Information

For more information regarding TEC's Special Education Programs contact
Susan Donelan, Director of Student Services, sdonelan@tec-coop.org.

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