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INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The following special education services are provided for eligible students:

    • Learning Support (LS) program
    • Emotional Support (ES) program
    • Speech and Language Support (SLS)
    • Academic Enrichment Program (AEP)

READING SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Students experiencing difficulties in reading may receive services through:

    • Title I
    • Early Intervention(Reading Success)

READING SPECIALIST SUPPORT

Reading Specialists assist both teachers and students with remedial instruction, co-teaching experiences and professional development on best instructional practices in reading language arts education.

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION AND INTERVENTION (RtII)

RtII is a school-wide approach utilized to assist schools in meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislations. RtII begins with a screening process of all students to see if they are performing on grade level with the core curricula. Universal screening measures are given and analyzed to measure levels and rates of learning, and then instructional decisions are made at team meetings. Interventions are put in place and student progress is monitored for growth. The core curricula, as well as the subsequent interventions, are research-based and/or research-validated. Additional decisions are made relative to student progress.

In addition to addressing academic concerns, RtII includes a separate behavioral component that provides team decisions that may involve designing strategies and putting behavior plans in place as needed.

The RtII process is designed to be delivered within the general education program while coordinating services of special education, Title I, and ESL. A three-tiered framework triangle is used to depict both the academic and behavioral models.  Through working within the general education program, it is hoped that needs can be met early and with success, and that fewer referrals for special education will occur.

ELEMENTARY STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ESAP)

The Governor Mifflin Elementary Student Assistance Program identifies students who are experiencing barriers to learning and school success, and intervenes through referral to the appropriate school and community resources.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available for children whose first language is not English. ESL screenings take place for all students who have a language other than English on the Home Language Survey. Students who demonstrate a need for language services work with a specific teacher, individually and in small groups, at different times according to their need.

GIFTED EDUCATION SERVICES (GEP)

The GMSD’s Elementary GEP philosophy recognizes that gifted students should have programs that provide enrichment experiences for the students to exercise higher order thinking skills. In a group setting, the program attempts to address the students’ potential in various curriculum areas, enhance each student’s self concept, and develop personal attributes necessary for leadership.

SPEECH, HEARING, AND VISION

Specialists are available to work with children who have documented impairments in these areas.