District Curriculum Accommodation Plan

  • Through our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), the Greater Fall River Vocational School District is committed to providing instructional practices that are responsive to our diverse student population and to ensure that instructional support is available for students and teachers in regular education and technical areas. The statute also encourages teacher collaboration and parent involvement. Another statute, Chapter 71, Section 59C (Parent Councils), was amended to include involvement of the Parent Councils in development and evaluation of the DCAP.

    Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 38Q1/2
    “A school district shall adopt and implement a curriculum accommodation plan to assist principals in ensuring that all efforts have been made to meet the students’ needs in regular education. The plan shall be designed to assist the regular classroom teacher in analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all children in the regular classroom and in providing appropriate services and support within the regular education programming, including, but not limited to, direct and systematic instruction in reading and provision of services to address the needs of children whose behavior may interfere with learning, or who do not qualify for special education services under chapter 71B. The curriculum accommodation plan shall include provisions encouraging teacher mentoring and collaboration and parental involvement.”
    The Greater Fall River Vocational School District’s DCAP has five main objectives:
    • To provide assistance to regular education teachers in analyzing and accommodating students’ diverse learning needs.
    • To provide support services that effectively manage student behavior.
    • To encourage teacher mentoring and collaboration.
    • To foster parental and community involvement.
    • To provide ongoing review and alignment of local curriculum in relation to state learning standards.
    OBJECTIVE 1: To provide assistance to regular education teachers in analyzing and accommodating students’ diverse learning needs
    • Results of annual Stanford 10 testing of incoming Grade 9 students available to teachers
    • Stanford Diagnostic Reading and Math blue level testing is available upon teacher recommendation
    • Diagnostic Reading Test administered to all grade 9 students in Trimester I
    • PLATO diagnostic Math assessment of Grade 9 students with results available to teachers
    • Analysis of MCAS tests with results available to teachers
    • Academic Support Programs
      • EXTENDS
      • RISE
      • MCAS Prep
      • MCAS Remediation
      • Credit Recovery
    • ELL Resource Personnel
    • Student Assistance Team (SAT) available through referral
    • Intervention Services Manual for Students at Risk
    • State-of-the art technology available
    • Provide professional development opportunities on identifying and accommodating diverse learners
    • Provide training on strategies for ELL students in content and trade areas
    • Provide summer technology workshops
    • Keep teachers informed of webinars available for independent viewing
    • Principal
    • Director of Guidance
    • Academic Coordinator
    • Vocational Coordinator
    • Special Education Director
    • Guidance Counselors
    • Autism Consultant
    • Ancillary Special Education Therapists
    • Library Teacher
    • Nurse
    • ELL Personnel
    • MCAS Tutors
    • Before and After School Teachers
    • PLATO consultant
    • Certified Teachers

    OBJECTIVE 2: To provide support services that effectively manage student behavior
    • School Resource Officer with extended hours
    • Consultations with outside agencies
    • Court and DSS referrals
    • Guidance Department intervention
    • Recognition of student accomplishments
      • OVS banquet
      • SkillsUSA
      • Academic /Attendance Awards Ceremony
      • Publication of Honor Rolls
    • Use of Progressive Discipline
      • Detention
      • Saturday School
      • In-school Suspension
      • Suspension
    • Crisis Management Policy Manual posted in every classroom and shop
    • Provide new teachers with opportunities to discuss discipline issues and solutions with veteran teachers and administrators
    • Anti-Bullying Policy adopted and implemented
    • At-Risk Counselor
    • School-wide Emergency Phone Number (7777)
    • Student Assistance Team (SAT)
    • Social Skills Group
    • Bengal Challenge Summer Academy for incoming grade 9 students
    • Participation in MIAA sanctioned sports
    • Provide students, staff, and parents with Anti-Bullying Presentations
    • Involve students in Anti-Bullying campaigns
    • Develop a Health and Wellness Program for students and staff
    • Principal
    • Academic Coordinator
    • Vocational Coordinator
    • Dean of Students
    • Director of Guidance
    • Special Education Director
    • Vocational Department Heads
    • Guidance Counselors
    • Ancillary Special Education Consultants
    • School Resource Officer
    • Inside Security Personnel
    • Faculty
    • Coaches
    • Athletic Trainer


    OBJECTIVE 3: To encourage teacher mentoring and collaboration
    • New Teacher Orientation Program prior to school opening
    • Training Programs for Mentors and Collegial Coaches
    • Selection of teachers to serve in an official capacity as mentors
    • 2 Year Diman Mentor Program
    • Collegial Coaching Program
    • Mandatory Department meetings
    • Bi-Annual Advisory Board meetings
    • Junior Integration Project teams
    • MAVA Cohort and Licensure programs
    • Professional Development days in school calendar
    • Opportunities for participation on new and existing committees
    • Diman Summer Technology Training
    • Continued trainings for mentors and collegial coaching
    • Common planning time within departments and disciplines
    • Principal
    • Diman Mentor Program Coordinator
    • Collegial Coaching Steering Committee
    • Professional Development Coordinator
    • Dept. Heads
    • Lead Teachers
    • MAVA Cohort Liaison
    • Advisory Board members
    • Professional Development presenters
    • Certified teachers
    • Academic Coordinator
    • Vocational Coordinator
    • Special Projects Coordinator
    • Mentors
    • Collegial Coaches
    • Educational Consultant


    OBJECTIVE 4: To foster parental and community involvement.
    • Two Annual Parent-Teacher conference nights
    • Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
    • Posting of information on the Diman website for parents
    • iParent access to Rankbook through Diman website
    • Mid-term Progress Reports issued to all students and mailed to parents
    • Individual parent conferences arranged at parent or teacher request
    • Applicant Information Night
    • New Student Night
    • Trade Fair / Open House
    • Community Service Projects by trade areas
    • Diman Housebuilding Program
    • Public dining – Room 251 (restaurant)
    • Key Club projects
    • Presentations to parents on financial aid and other topics of interest
    • Automated phone and email notification system (Connect Ed)
    • Relationship with local media outlets
    • Diman Job Fair
    • Diman Educational Television – Diman in the Rough
    • Parent workshops and trainings on various topics
    • Development of teacher, club, and organization web pages – School Fusion
    • Principal
    • Title I Parent Liaison
    • Dept. Heads
    • Lead Teachers
    • Professional Development presenters
    • Certified teachers
    • Guidance counselors
    • Academic Coordinator
    • Vocational Coordinator
    • Co-op Coordinator
    • Web Master
    • PAC officers
    • Clerical staff


    OBJECTIVE 5: To provide ongoing review and alignment of local curriculum in relation to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
    • Annual review by department members to align curriculum / technical programs
    • Formation of committees to update and revise all academic curricula
    • Department meetings to discuss instructional strategies
    • Submission of weekly lesson plans to lead teachers/department heads
    • Advisory Board review by technical area for appropriate alignment to the curriculum frameworks and current trends in the workplace
    • Dissemination and review of MCAS results in each academic area
    • Increase participation of Advisory Board  members in the review process
    • Ongoing review of MCAS data to assess current student strengths and weaknesses in relationship to curriculum instruction
    • Principal
    • Data Analyst
    • Lead Teachers
    • Department Heads
    • Vocational Coordinator
    • Academic Coordinator
    • Advisory Board Members
    • Faculty
      Click here to download the addendum (PDF). 
    • Examples of ACCOMMODATIONS for ANY student
    Rev 9/11