Special Education: Centers for Innovative Teaching & Learning

Ulster BOCES provides programs for students ages five through twenty-one who are identified as needing specialized programs and/or supports according to their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

A young boy and his teacher reading together

Special Education programs are offered at the Centers for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Port Ewen, Anna Devine, and Ramapo, as well as in leased classrooms in component school districts. They have been developed and offered to meet the specific needs of our students in order to assist them in realizing their potential to achieve both academically and socially.

The following programs are available in Special Class configurations of 12:1:1, 8:1:1, and 6:1:1. All classes are staffed by a full-time Special Education teacher and teaching assistant. (Additional supplementary 1:1 aides may be requested for individual students as per Committee on Special Education recommendations.)

Multiple programs are available.


Special Class 12:1:1
Career Academic
TASC Academic Preparatory Program
Project SEARCH™ High School Transition Program (Anticipated)
Career and Technical Education Exploratory


Special Class 8:1:1
Management Needs Program
Life Skills Development Program (LSDP)
Autism Program (APIE/APIE AA)
Life Employment Applications Program (LEAP)

Special Class 6:1:1
Management Needs Program (Intensive) for K-12
Management/Multiple Needs Program (Intensive) Ages 5-12
Autism Program (APIE AA)

Summer School
Extended School Year (ESY)

Related & Itinerant Services
Related Services (BOCES In-house Student)
Itinerant Services (District-based)





Students at the Center for Special Education in the classroom, at graduation, and posing for a photo with a fire helmet


Jillaine Berardi
Director of Learning and Design for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Student-Based Programs

Richard Haviland
Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Port Ewen

Mary Gulia Capobianco
Assistant Principal
Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Port Ewen

Route 9W, PO Box 1176
Port Ewen, NY 12466
Phone: 845.339.8707

Gwen Kramer-Gold
Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Anna Devine

1372 Old Post Road
Ulster Park, NY 12487
Phone: 845.334.5915


How to Enroll

If you suspect your child has a disability or have been given a diagnosis by a medical practitioner, you can consider a referral to your school district’s Committee for Special Education (CSE). You may also want to meet with your child’s teacher and principal to share information about your child’s skills, abilities, and needs. After doing so, you may wish to state your concern and put the reasons for your suspicions into writing and provide copies of any prior evaluations and diagnoses to the chairperson of the CSE or the principal at your child’s school. You may discover that your child is eligible for support within the regular education program. This may be: short-term counseling through educationally related services, speech and language improvement services, curriculum and instructional modifications, or Academic Intervention Services.