The Indianapolis Public Schools is honoring Professor of Special Education Pat Rogan with a Community Partner Board Recognition on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The honor notes Rogan’s longtime association with the district, most prominently through the SITE program.
Rogan began SITE nearly 14 years ago, building on a concept to help transition students with intellectual disabilities as they prepare to finish their high school careers and enter into adult life. The project kicked off in 2006 as a one-year dual enrollment program for IPS students in their final years of eligibility for public school special education services. Using the campus of IUPUI and the city as educational settings instead of a classroom, IPS employees help students learn key skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood. The program expanded to surrounding townships in 2011.
A multiple-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award, Rogan has taught at the university level, served as a public school teacher, and has been a transition coordinator for 30 years. She consults with schools, adult services, and state leaders across the country and the world to promote positive practices and systems change.