STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM
Our school-wide commitment to challenge and motivate each student throughout their learning journey prompts us to collectively address individual strengths and needs using a tiered and team approach. We are leaning into data-driven problem solving in order to promote progress and respond to language, learning and wellbeing goals. This tiered approach is shared by our classroom teachers and divisional leaders, as well as our Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language teachers, and school Counselors. Parents as partners also allow us to maximize our collaborative response and monitor growth and independence.
The counseling department offers emotional, social, and behavioral support to positively influence learning. The counselor provides a safe place for dialogue and problem-solving. Students can refer themselves to see the counselor if needed or may be referred by a teacher, parent, or administrator. In most instances, counseling support is short-term or on a need-by-need basis. Counselors also assist families in connecting with external therapies such as psychologists or family therapists as needed.
ENGLISH as an ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
The EAL department at AISR provides students who are acquiring English with a range of support services to promote language learning. With an emphasis on the importance of the Mother Tongue at home, the EAL team aims to help children make valuable connections between languages in order to foster meaningful growth. EAL teachers collaborate and co-teach with homeroom teachers in order to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs) can access the curriculum successfully. In addition, developing a partnership between the school and the family is essential in the language learning process.
Learning Support services offer academic support to students who would benefit from targeted, individualized intervention in literacy and math. Students are identified using a range of data and through collaboration with teachers and divisional leaders. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are created to clearly communicate goals and progress monitoring, and other related learning information to enhance learning and independence. Parents also serve as partners, helping their children to achieve their goals and advocate for ‘what works’ in order to build confidence and independence.