Our district believes that a comprehensive student support program is an essential and integral part of the overall educational process of our students. We partner with SEAPCO (Special Education Association of Peoria County) to provide services, especially those who are experiencing problems that create barriers to learning, to meet the individual needs of each and every student. Our goal is to deliver those needs in a setting that most closely matches their peers. Illini Bluffs offers a comprehensive student support program including math and reading interventions, special education services, social emotional counseling, speech pathology, occupational, and physical therapy. This page was created to be as a one-stop guide to help parents navigate available resources and have access to contact information.

Response to Intervention

RtI is a means of providing early intervention in the general education program. There is often a misconception that RtI is a special education program and this is false. In fact, schools must demonstrate evidence that early intervention has been attempted through a three tier model before consideration of special education services. By using RtI, teachers and other school staff members are able to identify challenges to student learning, provide appropriate research-based interventions, and to monitor student progress based on achievement and benchmark data. The data obtained enables teachers to differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of their students.

RtI uses a three tier model that utilizes increasingly more intense instruction and interventions. All students are given Tier I support in the regular classroom. If students do not respond to the regular curriculum they are provided with Tier II, small group assistance. If students do not respond to the Tier II interventions they are provided with Tier III, assistance which is more intensive. Students who do not respond to Tier II or Tier III interventions may be considered for special education services.

At Tier I classroom teachers use scientifically researched based reading and math programs in their classroom to educate all students. Data is collected and used as a general screening process for all students and to determine the effectiveness of core instructional practices. All K-12 students are bench-marked in the fall, winter, and spring using Curriculum-Based Measurements (CBM) and Social Emotional Learning assessment. Results of the tests are entered into the district data system. Kindergarten students are assessed in the areas of early literacy skills and early numeracy skills. Students in grades 1-8 are assessed in reading fluency, reading comprehension, writing and math. High school students are screened annually using EPAS readiness exams.

At Tier II classroom teachers and RtI support staff will supplement the regular classroom instruction by providing interventions in order to increase student achievement. Data is collected to determine the effectiveness of the intervention and to determine if an instructional change is needed. These interventions are carried out in small groups. Students at Tier II will be progress monitored regularly using CBM assessment probes in order to determine the effectiveness of their interventions. Professional Learning Community teams will monitor the progress of all students to determine student needs and growth.

At Tier III, a more intensive intervention plan is created for students. Students who have failed to respond favorably to intervention at the Tier II level may be referred to the RTI team. A referral form is completed and submitted to the team. The referral should be accompanied by progress monitor data from Tier II and a listing of interventions used and the duration of the interventions. A formal meeting is conducted at the Tier III level and includes parent participation in the creation of a more intensive intervention plan.

RTI Staff

Amy Krumpe
Math Interventionist

Stephanie Alvey
Reading Interventionist
Special Education Services

Cross Categorical Programs
Each building within our district provides Cross Categorical Special Education Services. The Cross Categorical Program within each building is designed to provide resource support which meets the unique needs of students with varying disabilities. Our district’s special education department strives on creating rigorous instruction that is accessible to students with specialized needs. In addition to resource support each building provides a specialized instructional program in the area of English Language Arts, Reading, and Mathematics. The ultimate goal of the Illini Bluff’s Special Education Department is to assist with student growth, meet the individual needs of the students, and work towards minimizing the identified deficiencies of the student with a disability.

Early Childhood Special Education Program
The Early Childhood Special Education program is offered in the Elementary School. This program is offered in the morning. The program provides children ages 3-6 with disabilities unique instruction as well as the ability to receive related services. The program meets the needs of students who require additional small group support prior to entering an Kindergarten through 12 program. This program is under the direction of The Special Education Association of Peoria County (SEAPCO). Students are assessed and tested for special education services by a team of professionals. The IEP process is followed when determining if a student requires an IEP and the Early Childhood Special Education Program.  Please note: A child cannot be age 6 when program starts. Child must turn age 6 after ECSE program has started.

Bright Future Blended Early Childhood Special Education Program
The Bright Future Blended Early Childhood Special Education Program is a Preschool for All Program and is provided through a grant through the Illinois State Board of Education. Illini Bluffs provides a PM class, this class can be made up of 15 students total, 10 Bright Future Students, and 5 students with IEPs. Bright Future provides screenings each summer, to qualify the student must be screened and be determined by Bright Futures to qualify for the program. Further screenings conducted by SEAPCO can determine if a student requires an IEP. The blended program at Illini Bluffs has a lead teacher and a classroom aide.

Special Education Staff

Katrina Craven
SEAPCO Administrator

Becky Creek
IBES Special Education

Shelly Hammond
IBES Special Education

Dawn Fawcett
IBES Special Education

Ariana Moschini
IBMS Special Education

Sarah Allen
IBMS Special Education

Amanda Patrick
IBHS Special Education

Justin Miller
IBHS Special Education

Jennifer Anton
Early Childhood Education

Additional Services

Additional Related Services provided at Illini Bluffs School District are Social and Emotional Learning, Speech Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapy. 

Luanne Resel
Guidance Counselor

Jessica Parker
Social Emotional Counselor

Danielle Stanley
SEAPCO Social Worker

Kevin Stufflebeam
SEAPCO Physiologist

Stephanie Dunn
Speech Pathologist

Katie Vaughan
Speech Pathologist

Susan Crandall
SEAPCO Consultant