ROLE OF THE LEARNING SUPPORT TEAM
Berkeley is a managed inclusion school which provides a continuum of support. This support ranges from differentiated lesson planning by core teachers and support from Learning Support (LS) teachers. The LS department supports students who are identified with specific learning needs, English Language learners, or students who have gone through the Berkeley Student of Concern process and met eligibility criteria. A case manager is assigned and a Learning Support Plan (LSP) is developed.
LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHERS
The LS teachers work closely with classroom teachers to design interventions that support the range of learning needs of our students. The LS team updates faculty on student needs and assists with differentiating content as needed. The school provides flexible, individualized support program which may involve monitoring case management including accommodations, in-class assistance, and student pull out for individual or small group instruction. LS teachers:
Partner with parents, other teachers, and our students to foster learning growth and development.
Promote understanding and respect for cultural and individual differences.
Educate students with learning needs in classroom environments with typically developing peers to the maximum extent possible.
Create a diverse learning environment that provides benefits for all learners, teachers, and our community.
Differentiate teaching, that includes appropriate accommodations and monitoring of student learning, fosters the most successful learning environment.
Support cooperative planning between the LS teacher, classroom teacher, and any other service provider providing the most impactful instructional delivery model.
LEARNING SUPPORT PLANS (LSPs)
The LSP is a cornerstone of quality education for each child with a learning difference or English language need. It provides a guide to maximize educational benefit and may include strategies, goals, accommodations and services. LSPs help us consider each child as an individual with both strengths and weaknesses. MAP scores, Writing Assessments and Educational Psychological reports are used as information. Homeroom and subject teachers contribute to LSPs which means that formative assessment, observations from the classroom and age-appropriate developmental information may be included.
EXTERNAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
The Student Support team may make recommendations for outside evaluations by qualified professionals and families are required to fund these assessments. Learning Support and Counseling teams maintain a list of available external professionals, including clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, occupational and speech therapists that can be found on the Bangkok Community Resources site - click here.
Written consent (email) from parents/guardians is required for all forms of communication between Learning Support staff and outside professionals.