Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services 

Department Website

Chicago Public Schools' Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is pleased to announce that our websiteOpens in a new window icon has been revised to coincide with our new department name. This website is designed to provide resources and information for parents, students, schools and community members to promote the success of all students with disabilities who attend Chicago Public Schools.

Mission - Our Purpose…

To provide high quality and specially designed instructional supports and services for all diverse learners within their least restrictive environment

Vision - Why we Exist…

To ensure diverse learners receive meaningful and relevant access to grade level core instruction within their neighborhood school, school of choice, or the school closest to their residence

Our Goal…

To improve the academic achievement of all diverse learners in the Chicago Public Schools

Strategic Priorities:

  • Develop a shared community vision and commitment to providing quality instruction and supports to diverse learners
  • Shift focus toward quality instructional learning supports and specially designed instruction to increase achievement
  • Reintegrate students with disabilities from decentralized cluster programs into neighborhood schools or the schools they would attend if not disabled
  • Adopt a regionalized system of network supports and services for diverse learners
  • Execute revenue enhancement opportunities in targeted areas
  • Strengthen our system of support for parents of diverse learners
  • Develop transparency in all operations, procedures and fiscal management

If you are the parent of a child with disabilities for whom transportation is provided pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan and your child is experiencing transportation related problems, call (773) 553-2860 for immediate assistance.

Corey H.

Both the Chicago Board's and Illinois State Board of Education's Corey H. settlement agreements have been extended. The Chicago Board's settlement agreement has been extended until September 1, 2012. The extension order, however, does not apply to the Chicago Public School's obligation to implement School-Based Problem Solving. As of September 1, 2010, the Chicago Public Schools are no longer required to implement School-Based Problem Solving. Accordingly, School-Based Problem Solving is no longer a viable program and cannot be used as a pre-referral intervention strategy.

All schools in the Education Connection program which are still implementing LRE Phase I or Phase II plans are expected to continue implementing the plans. All schools in the ISBE LRE monitoring program which are still implementing corrective action plans are expected to continue implementing the plans. The LRE funds attached to those plans are still available and the schools are expected to utilize those funds.

All staff are expected to fully cooperate with the CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services and Law Department staff as well as staff from the Illinois State Board of Education and the court monitor's office.

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Contact information

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services
125 South Clark Street
8th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1800
Fax: (773) 553-1801
Email: odlss@cps.edu