Special Services refers to any service provided to the student outside the realm of the regular classroom. The services are designed to either enhance or remediate a student’s academic progress and to work in tandem with the benchmarking process as a response to intervention. While intervention programs are proven to be highly successful, they cannot be guaranteed.
Intervention is provided for all students as part of the regular educational curriculum by the classroom teacher. Students with reading and math skills determined to be below the benchmark are identified and progress-monitored. Instructional strategies are research-based.
Tier II (approx. 90 minutes per week)
Intervention is provided in a small group setting using research-based reading and math strategies for those students whose skills are identified to be below the benchmark and not making adequate progress with Tier I intervention in the regular classroom. Services include:
- Reading Readiness (Kindergarten)
- Language Enrichment (Grades 1-3)
- DMS (Developing Metacognitive Skills) (Grades 3+)
Tier III (time depends on type of service)
Intervention is provided in a small group setting by an educational therapist using research-based instructional strategies for those students whose skills are not at grade level and require intensive intervention. Students receiving Tier III intervention are formally diagnosed with learning differences, developmental delays/disorders, or physical limitations. Services include:
- Executive Functioning
- Alternative Math
- Dyslexia Therapy
Gifted and Talented Program / Academic Coaching
At Salem, we want to help our students achieve all that they can. We offer academic coaching to enhance learning in specific content areas. The students who are enrolled in academic coaching may also be given the opportunity to participate in academic contests. In the past, we have participated in events such as: Academic Quest, Northpointe Math and Science Competition, Bible Bowl, and the Private Schools Interscholastic Academics Competition.
Students who sign up for academic coaching will receive a minimum of ninety minutes of coaching per month. Most coaching occurs after school and on days that are not in competition with athletic practices and games. Parents are to be involved in so far as transporting students to academic competitions and volunteering to judge at various events as necessary.
Click here for pricing and to sign up for academic coaching. To register, you will also need to turn in the Interest Form (in addition to the agreement).
RTI Great I.D.E.A by Becky Ward, Director of Special Services
Mrs. Becky Ward, Director of Special Services, was raised in a home where both of her parents were teachers for over 30 years. She realized early on that God wanted her to teach children and to share with educators and parents what works based on her experiences and expertise. Today, she has served students as an educator for 14 years as a Director of Grades K-2, Director of Special Services Department and as a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist.
It was while working on her master’s degree in education she learned about Response to Intervention (RTI). RTI exists to early identify struggling students, provide research- based instruction and measure their response to the instruction through an assessment process. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a special education law that ensures rights to children with learning disabilities. RTI was passed by IDEA in 2004.
Becky decided to use the information she learned about RTI and carefully implement a special services program and to write a book. The book is titled RTI ~ Great IDEA. RTI ~ Great IDEA provides detailed instruction for educators on how to implement an RTI program the “right way” and shares best practices to better inform parents of what should be happening at their child’s school.
The book is available for purchase here. Click here to view the evidence-based data showing the success of RTI here at Salem Lutheran.