GDOE Focuses on Compliance Monitoring

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) in partnership with Guam CEDDERS coordinated consultations with Dr. David Bateman centered on addressing concerns related to compliance monitoring.  Dr. Bateman is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses about learning disabilities, special education, and special education law.  He has authored and co-authored several books on Special Education and works with school districts that have been recently involved in litigation to help them successfully move forward.

From January to April, GDOE held monthly collaborative meetings with Dr. Bateman and the GDOE Special Education Division leadership and the GDOE Compliance Monitors.  The meetings centered on two main areas:  the Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms and the pre-referral process.  Dr. Bateman provided GDOE with a written summary of his feedback related to the areas of concern.  The collaborative meetings allowed for open discussion related to the feedback and for the planning of next steps to improve procedures.

On April 31, GDOE held a collaborative meeting between the Special Education Division the Compliance Monitors, and Dr. Bateman.  Top row, L-R:  Marie Babauta, Compliance Monitor, GDOE; June De Leon, Interim Director, Guam CEDDERS; Lillian Reyes, Compliance Monitor, GDOE; Middle row, L-R: Neil Rochelle, School Program Consultant, GDOE; Terese Crisostomo, School Program Consultant, GDOE; Josephine Cruz, Associate Director, Guam CEDDERS; Bottom row, L-R:  Laura Taisipic, School Program Consultant, GDOE; Dr. David Bateman, consultant, Guam CEDDERS; and Cathy Tydingco, School Program Consultant, GDOE.