services are provided to students at Laurel Meadow
Elementary who have gone through an eligibility process
at the school. Services to accommodate individual needs
are available from Preschool to 5th grade in a wide
variety of disability areas.
Academic Resource teachers work with students and teachers in a
variety of ways to help students meet personalized goals
as set in their IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).
Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early
identification and support of students with learning and
behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality
instruction in the general education classroom. Struggling
learners are provided with interventions at increasing
levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.
These services may be provided by a variety of personnel.
Progress is closely monitored to assess growth and level of
performance of individual students. RTI is designed for use
when making decisions in both general education and academic
resource, creating a well-integrated system of instruction
and intervention guided by child outcome data.
In order to
provide help to students who are trying to improve skills
and behavior in their regular education classroom,
collaboration between academic resource teachers and
classroom teachers is an effective tool. With teachers
working together, the students receive the full benefits of
individualized help in their regular classroom setting. In
addition, the whole class benefits from having more
"teaching hands" available.
are pulled out of their classroom for short periods of time
in order to provide smaller group instruction in the
academic resource classroom. These students work on remediation
skills, learning strategies, concept reinforcement, and
behavioral issues. This small group setting allows students
with disabilities to perform to their full potential.
Paraprofessionals are also a valuable part of the academic
resource team. They work with classroom and academic
resource teachers to help students. At Laurel Meadow
Elementary, academic resource assistants monitor medical and
physical needs, as well as work with students on specific
skills in both the regular and pull-out classroom programs.
resource teachers at Laurel Meadow Elementary also serve as
consultants to classroom teachers and school staff. They
are members of child study committees (a team designed to
help provide assistance for specific students who may be
struggling in the classroom). A consultative approach is
also appropriate for some students whose
progress and growth can be monitored by the classroom
teacher with occasional brainstorming and sharing with the
academic resource teachers.
childhood academic resource teacher, paraprofessional, and
therapists, work together in a consistent and structured
environment to meet the individual needs of each child. The
classroom can have up to eight students, ages two to five,
who have been identified as having a developmental delay or
other specific disability.