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  Academic Resource                      

Academic Resource 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).

Response to Intervention
Response to 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. 

Collaborative Teaming:
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.

Direct Services:
Some students 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. 

Paraprofessional Services:
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.

Consultative Services:
The academic 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.

The early 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. 

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