Achieving Excellence Together

Student Support Specialists are one part of a team which provides collaboration between teacher, student, and parent.

The Student Support Specialist works closely with students to clarify standards/expectations of the classroom, as well as with their parents to optimize academic success in and out of the school environment. Our role is to provide teachers support in understanding learning differences, limitations and/or learning styles as well as recommend adaptations, accommodations to help each student access, understand and learn the academic content presented. Our role is to also work with the parents to provide them with methods to help their student become independent learners through a gradual release of responsibility.

Instructional Objectives

■ Set clear goals and objectives for each student, identifying areas of greatest need and establishing methods for addressing those needs in class, during intervention times, and/or at home.
■ Teachers, students, and parents will be informed regarding the student’s area(s) of need and will be actively involved in the intervention process.
■ Students will develop independence in academic skills through the use of comprehension, critical thinking and/or organizational strategies that promote self-monitoring and self-correction.
■ Students will voluntarily utilize intervention strategies and tools that assist them in their academic coursework.
■ Students will utilize skills and strategies taught in student support intervention on their classwork, homework, and assessments.

Specialized Areas of Service

Focus/Intervention

Target Areas

Executive Skills

planning, prioritizing, organization, emotional control, task initiation, time management

Reading Comprehension

working memory, WH?s, critical thinking, drawing conclusions, main idea

Attention/Focus

sustained attention, cues/prompts

Fine Motor

grasp, in hand manipulation scissor skills, pencil management

Visual Motor/Perceptual Activities 

hand-eye coordination, block design

Classroom Compliance

following directions classroom procedures, speaking out, staying seated, classroom preparedness

Social Skills

play skills, peer/adult interaction, student advocacy

Behavioral Modification

implementation of specific behavioral plans

Test/Assignment Prep

homework completion,  study guide reviews, long-term project planning

Parent/Teacher Consultation

face to face, email, classroom

Documented Data and Observation

Students in the Student Support Program, who are receiving direct intervention, will consistently be re-evaluated to determine if services are still necessary. Re-evaluation is determined by progress-monitoring and data collection used during each intervention session,  teacher input, and student grades. Every grading period, a progress note will be sent home that summarizes student growth for the semester based on their intervention goals.

Referral Procedure and Processes

Teachers and parents with concerns regarding academic performance of students in grades K4-8 may refer students to the Student Support Team regarding their need for services in the Student Support Program. A meeting will be held with parents to review recommendations and procedures for student support services.