The Educational Support department (ES) at GIS emphasizes communication and cooperation between parents and teachers, in order to identify and address academic, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges. We encourage parents to inform ES and their child’s teachers if they anticipate challenges or have information that might help a teacher understand why the student may be experiencing challenges. In response, teachers work with ES to implement strategies that serve students who are struggling academically, emotionally, and/or behaviorally.
Accommodations and Modifications
As a first step to addressing any concern, the teacher, parent, and student (as appropriate) can meet to discuss their concerns and agree on new strategies to try in school and at home. Most commonly, teachers can make adjustments in seating arrangements, behavior cues, and movement. Educational Support staff may be consulted to suggest ways to help the student in the classroom setting and, if necessary a Grace Accommodation Plan (GAP) can be created for the student. Students who qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), can receive modifications in the: amount of workload, oral testing, extra time for assignments or tests, and modified grades.
Grace Accommodation Plan
Many of the students served by the Educational Support department have a GAP that communicates the student’s challenges and needs to the classroom teacher. This plan enables our staff to utilize the best methods of accommodating and modifying curriculum within the mainstream classroom.
If a student is not succeeding, teachers or parents can request a Student Success Team (SST) meeting, in which, teachers, parents, and students (when appropriate) meet with an Ed Support staff member, principal, and other school specialists or counselor to analyze the problem and commit to specific actions to help the student.
Depending on available personnel, educational support services may include:
- Grace Accommodation Plan (GAP) documentation.
- In-class support by ES staff as needed
- Resource Classes taught by ES staff (for secondary students)
- Independent Study Classes (for high school students)
- Weekly and/or Quarterly Reports sent to parents as needed
- Academic assessments and diagnostic testing
For more information, contact Edu.Support.firstname.lastname@example.org.