Learning support is provided in various ways to meet individual student needs as they arise. We provide these supports through the multi-tiered systems of supports process, 504 accommodations plans and Individual Education Plans. Each option would begin with communication between home and school if there are concerns regarding student progress.
Our faculty and staff strive to meet all student's learning needs. A 504 Plan is another option for those who need supports in the classroom and throughout the day regarding any condition that limits daily activities and may significantly impact their learning. Schools develop 504 Plans to provide accommodations that support students and what they need to be successful. Parent/guardians do need to provide medical documentation of a diagnosis that needs to be addressed in the initial 504 Plan eligibility meeting.
MOT Charter School uses the MTSS framework to provide the appropriate supports for students in the areas of reading, math, writing, behavior, SEL (social/emotional learning) and/or speech. All students receive a universal level of academic instruction in Tier 1. This is where we provide differentiation in the general classroom to meet student needs. Students who need a more targeted approach to instruction through intervention are identified using norm-based universal screeners and/or classroom-based materials and are provided Tier 2 supports. This may be given in a small group inside or outside of the classroom. Based on the response to that intervention, students may only need Tier 1 supports or may need more intense supports in Tier 3. Tier 3 may be provided in a smaller group or on an individual basis depending on the need. The goal through this framework is a positive response to the intervention being provided through the tiered approach. If a student spends prolonged time in Tier 3, there are further options the team can explore and discuss with school staff and parents.
Our Learning Support staff includes special education teachers, a speech and language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a school psychologist and 2 educational diagnosticians (K8/HS). In addition, we have 2 counselors at the K8 building and 3 counselors at the high school who also assist with student needs.
These staff members are dedicated resources for students eligible for additional learning support services as outlined in their individual education plan.
We embrace each student's individual ways of learning and are committed to supporting children in an inclusive setting with additional supports. The learning support professionals work with students, teachers and parents to assist with the needs of the whole child. Student-centered learning plans are designed to increase student opportunity to show mastery of content through multiple strategies; as well as guide teachers' instruction and increases students' application of learning skills.
If it is determined that a student can benefit from academic accommodations such as extended time, enrichment, an accommodated workload, etc., the learning support teachers/staff work with teachers to implement these plans. Additionally, this team provides remedial and enrichment opportunities for all students. At the lower level, the learning support teachers/staff provide support inside classrooms to work with identified students. At the high school level, the team works to support students with demonstrated learning needs on a consultative basis inside and outside of the classroom.
The Learning Support department would like to include some important resource links for families below. Any further questions can be sent to Jenna Camponelli – email@example.com.