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Consultative Services

NRIC offers professional support consultative services to school districts with diverse learners and specialized needs, in-district.


Returning Students

Identifying Students

As students progress and achieve at NRIC, school professionals continuously evaluate and determine whether a student’s progress is commensurate with their home district’s ability to provide for continuing need, thus affording an opportunity for a return to the home district. A student’s return is based on several criteria:

  • Ability to work a less restrictive setting
  • Availability of space to meet their educational needs
  • Ability for the district to support their individualized educational needs


Identifying Location


In conjunction with district administrators, including Special Education Director, Facilities Director, Transportation Director, and Principal, determine the appropriate location for such programming based on:

  • Educational needs of the students, including opportunities for inclusive educational practices to the greatest extent possible;
  • Physical needs, for students requiring handicapped accessibility; and
  • Transportation needs for students requiring special bussing
Identifying staff supports


NRIC works with the Superintendent, Special Education Director, and Union personnel, determine the staff support needed to meet a student’s individual needs and provide professional development opportunities for educators to participate and contribute to the growth of a dynamic specialized education field.

Identifying Budget

The NRIC, with the Special Education Director and Business Manager, determine the fiscal feasibility of facilitating a student’s return to a district based on:

  • Number, type and amount of professional development and related service support
  • Number and cost of students currently receiving services outside the district

Satellite Classrooms

Satellite classrooms are NRIC classrooms located in your district for your district's students, taught by NRIC teachers and supported by NRIC teacher assistants.  Satellite classrooms allow students to return to their least restrictive environment, their home district.


Satellite classrooms provide districts with a known standard of care and services for special needs students. Additionally, districts realize cost-savings on costly out-of-district tuitions and transportation costs.

Embedded Professional Development

Monthly Clinical Meetings

Monthly clinical meetings afford district educators an opportunity to debrief each special needs case with a clinical psychologist, including diagnostic criteria, family constellation, functional behavioral assessment, behavior intervention plan, class-wide and individual positive behavioral supports and educational planning to meet the student's individual needs.

Professional Mentoring

Experienced NRIC staff members work with site staff to provide embedded professional support and mentoring to educators of students with special needs.  


Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS)


NRIC behavioral intervention specialists work with educators and related service staff to develop the skills necessary to better support students in the least restrictive environment. Our BIS can assist staff in developing appropriate FBS's and effective BIP's while working directly with your students and modeling techniques of de-escalating student behavior.
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