Learning Specialist Curriculum
As a Learning Specialist, Ms. Cripe’s main area of concern is the children with learning challenges, helping all children succeed at St. A. She coordinates communication with teachers, parents and the students. When a child is experiencing difficulties in the classroom, Ms. Cripe is consulted by the teachers involved. At that time, parents are contacted for a meeting with all the personnel involved with that child. If an evaluation is necessary, steps are taken to begin that process. Also, some strategies are put in place to assist with the learning issues until recommendations are made by an educational psychologist. The document that is set up is called a Strategy Plan. Home and school communication is very important and must be frequent for the child to be successful.
Following the evaluation from the psychologist or primary physician, if it is necessary, a Student Accommodation Plan may be created with the school, student and family each playing a necessary part in the educational process. The Student Accommodation Plan is a formal agreement that is discussed and signed by the student, teachers, and parents. Any party can challenge the others when the agreement is not being met. The plan can be discussed anytime through the year, making changes as necessary. Ms. Cripe keeps in contact with the parents and teachers to ensure that the plan is being implemented and success is realized.