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Teacher: Ms. Chan

Telephone: 323-269-0345


Intensive Diagnostic Educational Center


1. What does IDEC stand for?

Intensive Diagnostic Educational Centers


2. What is IDEC?

IDEC services are intended to provide direct, targeted reading instruction to students who have not responded to previous reading interventions. The goal is for students to become more efficient readers in order to successfully access the general education curriculum.


3. Where is IDEC located?

IDEC is located at 22 school sites throughout the district from grades K-6. The application and brochure may be found at


  • Northeast: Telfair Elementary School, Valerio Elementary School, Madison Middle School, Mount Gleason Middle School
  • Northwest: Sutter Middle School, Napa Elementary School
  • Central: Magnolia Elementary, Burbank Middle School
  • East: Belvedere Elementary School, Gates St Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, Nightingale Middle School
  • South: 93rd Street Elementary, 135th Street Elementary School, Bethune Middle School, Gage Middle School, White Middle School
  • West: Ramona Elementary School, Virginia Road Elementary, Johnnie Cochran Middle School, Mann Middle School, Webster Middle School, Hamilton High School

4. How do students qualify for IDEC?

Students with disabilities who demonstrate significant difficulty in reading fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension are screened by the IDEC Psychologist to determine their eligibility.


5. What is the intended duration of the IDEC instructional service?

Students’ attendance in IDEC depends on their reading levels and progression. IDEC is a temporary service that is determined by student need. Generally, the service lasts for one semester to one year.  Transition support is provided once services are discontinued to facilitate continuation of strategies learned.


6. How long will the student be in the Center?

Intensive literacy instruction will provided to students in daily 45-90 minute blocks while attending general education and/or special education classes for the remainder of the day.


7.Can parents visit the Center?

Yes. With an appointment with an IDEC instructional team member, parents are encouraged to visit the Center and observe the structure and methodology of the program.


8. How many teachers and students will there be?

At elementary centers, IDEC services will be provided to 18 - 21 students with one teacher and two paraeducators.  At middle school centers, 8-12 students attend IDEC classes with 1 teacher and 2 paraprofessionals.


9. What programs are used at the Center?

IDEC uses a toolbox approach with a variety of research based literacy practices and strategies.


10. What do students learn in the IDEC classroom?

Students placed in IDEC are taught foundational reading skills individually and in small groups. They learn specific research based strategies to read and comprehend.


11.What does the IDEC teacher provide to the students?

IDEC teachers provide evidence – based intervention in reading, emphasize meta – cognitive strategies and differentiation of instruction for students, monitor student progress frequently and share results with teachers and parents regularly.


12. Does the classroom teacher still need to teach reading to the IDEC students?

Teachers with IDEC students do not need to teach reading in the classroom with them. It is recommended that the teacher teach reading while the IDEC students are out in the IDEC classroom so they do not miss out on the other core subject areas such as math while they are away. 


13. How will student’s progress be monitored?

Each student’s progress will be monitored weekly. In addition, an IEP meeting is held to discuss each student’s level of performance, goals and objectives and appropriate placement for the upcoming school semester or year.



Sight Words

Sight words are words that good readers know by sight!


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  3. Respect your classmates and your teachers.
  4. Use your small voices inside, tall voices on the playground.
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