About the Compass Program
Compass is a K-12 special education program for students with social-emotional and behavioral needs who require comprehensive supports to access their education.
The program is based on the Re-EDucation model from the work of Dr. Nicholas Hobbs (1982). The Re-EDucation philosophy is strength-based, emphasizing what students can do and the importance of relationship and structure. Building on this, the Compass program includes:
Compass Mission Statement
In everything Mead does, there is a commitment to position students for success now and in the future.
In partnership with Mead families and the community, we are committed to providing a compassionate, safe and inclusive educational environment for our students.
Through a continuum of intentional, student-centered interventions, we will empower students with the skills they need to be successful, contributing members of society.
The Compass program is based on the 12 guiding principles of Re-EDucation developed by Dr. Nicholas Hobbs (1982):
The structure of the Compass program is based on a theoretical model proposed by Walker and Fecser (2002). They identified four major structures as best practices for classrooms serving students with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Compass program uses these four elements as the foundation of our program.
While our goal is to keep students successful in their home school environment, complex behavioral situations arise where a more intensive need for support is recognized. Students are identified for this increased level of support through their school teams in close collaboration with the family, guardian or other designated adult advocate. Placement decisions are made through the IEP team process. Students selected for achievement in Compass receive instruction from staff who are trained and experienced in working with children who have social-emotional and behavioral needs. Placement in Compass is not a destination but a place for students to learn, thrive and ultimately return to their home school with a new set of skills that better meets their individualized needs.
Schools Using the Compass Program
Need more information?
Mead School District Special Services Department
2323 E. Farwell Road, Spokane, WA 99021
Office: 509-465-7600. Fax: 509-465-7646.