The Learning Support Teachers (LST) are an integral part of the school team as they are the front line contacts for all students with challenges, be that behavioral, academic or personal care. They initiate contact through a referral process with the Prairie Valley Student Services multi-disciplinary team members that include: speech language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. This referral process is the basis for the development of a Personal Program Plan (PPP) which involves the support of outside agencies. Student Services Teachers implement interventions that are recommended by Prairie Valley Learning Support team such as; assign occupational therapy equipment such as ball chairs, swivel chairs, rocking chairs, fidgets, standing desks, weighted lap pads/ vests, and wiggle bikes to enhance students abilities to concentrate on their task; refer students to PVSD Child and Family Social Workers for small group social skill development; implement academic strategies recommended by the PVSD Psychologists; and support the individual goals that PVSD Speech and Language Pathologists develop.
LES Learning Support Teachers work directly in classrooms with all students. Learning Support Teachers collaborate with their colleagues through co-planning and team teaching to provide direct support for targeted students or a group of students. Teachers collaborate with their colleagues through co-planning and team teaching to provide direct support for targeted students or a group of students. They plan and teach a wide variety of strategies to enhance student learning with differentiated instruction and assistive technology to encourage independence. Primarily focused in English language arts, Learning Support Teachers utilize strategies that have adaptations embedded in their foundation. Examples include: guided reading, daily five or D5, writer’s workshop, book clubs, author studies and reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction text.
Mathematics is a secondary focus of Learning Support Teachers where they work with guided or leveled math groups. They assist teachers in adapting the math curriculum to the student’s individual needs. Examples include exploration of outcomes, connecting to prior knowledge, and investigating the concept through the use of manipulatives.
Learning Support Teachers are responsible for coordinating the groupings for Leveled Literacy Intervention and Do the Math. These responses to intervention (RTI) programs are initiatives that further ensure student success by providing small group direct instruction with on-going assessments to track their progress.
Learning Support Teachers at LES strive to provide students, parents, and teachers with best practice strategies and current technology and resources to build the foundation for every child to become successful.Teachers at LES strive to provide students, parents, and teachers with best practice strategies and current technology and resources to build the foundation for every child to become successful.