Understanding an incoming student's needs is a time consuming, but vital process. I myself and many other teachers have said, "If I'd only known, I could have made the student's transition better." When a student with educational needs that fall outside of the general education bubble applies, either there is a great amount of paperwork that accompanies the application or there are clear gaps in the information. The collecting of information from previous schools often falls on learning support teachers or school counselors who already have full schedules. Everyone has the best of intentions, but time is the enemy when it comes to thoroughly investigate the background of potential students with special needs.
However, it is possible to outsource the job of collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing information for an applicant with learning support needs! My in-depth research is presented in a clear and concise format which helps all involved understand a student's needs within minutes.
Step 1: The school and I meet to discuss the parameters of the school’s learning support services and create a customized Learner Profile (see example below) to ensure the school has the information necessary to make an informed decision. A Learner Profile format can be customized to fit your school’s needs which may include:
Present Levels of Performance
Academic, Social, and Therapeutic services
Strengths and Weaknesses
Accommodations and Modifications
Most Important Test Scores
Step 2: When students apply and additional needs are present, REC is provided with documentation of parental consent to start collecting background information.
Step 3: REC interviews past teachers and therapists and analyzes information collected.
Step 4: The school is presented with a customized Learner Profile and are then able to make an informed admission decision.
Step 5: After acceptance, REC can also assist in the process of preparing for the new student’s arrival.