Learning Resource Center

Objectives:

AIS recognizes that some students require learning support to be successful in their academic studies. The Learning Support Team aims to provide the individual student with the support necessary for him/her to achieve success in regular classes.  All Learning Support services are facilitated at the Learning Resource Center. Classroom teachers, special teachers, and learning support teachers collaborate to meet student needs and nurture motivated, confident and self-directed individuals.

Admissions:

The school offers admission to students for whom an appropriate educational program can be provided, thereby ensuring a reasonable prospect for their success. Students go through an assessment for grade placement and learning needs. The school offers learning support to students who exhibit learning needs based on their assessment results. However, we do not serve students with:

  • Moderate to severe learning disabilities.
  • Moderate to severe visual, hearing, or motor disability.
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Serious emotional disturbance.

 Student Services:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Learning Support (Grades 1 to 12)
  • Monitoring for Early Intervention
  • Counseling

Identification Process

Step 1:
The classroom teacher or parent will refer a student identified as needing support to the appropriate Division Head. 

Step 2:
The LRC Coordinator will perform an assessment. A meeting is arranged between the class teacher, the LS teacher, and the Division Head to discuss the students’ needs. The ESL teacher or counselor is included if ESL guidance is required. 

Step 3:
A meeting is arranged between the parents and specific teachers to discuss behaviors and performance levels that raise concern. A referral to an outside specialist will be essential if suggested intervention methods prove unsuccessful.

Intervention/Provision in school

Intervention can occur at different levels:

  • Monitoring the progress of students who are falling behind.
  • Accommodation plan; possible “push-in” or “pull-out” support.
  • An Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) developed with the class or subject teacher as indicated by the learning support teacher.

Assessment
The school will conduct basic academic screening.  Assessment by outside consultants may be recommended as necessary; for instance a speech therapist, educational psychologist, or a medical doctor. Shortlists of referrals are available from the Learning Support Teacher.

Parent Involvement
A parent conference is arranged when a student has been identified as needing support. Parent input is essential to establish the needs of the student. Regular meetings will occur with parents, class teachers, and LS teachers (subject teachers where appropriate) to review progress.

Responsibilities of Learning Resource Center Team
Share information and plans to ensure regular communication with teachers

  1. Assist teachers with modifying the curriculum for the student in question.
  2. Develop and implement student education Plan for students identified as needy.
  3. Have regular contact with parents.
  4. Provide in-service to teachers on meeting individual needs.
  5. Assist classroom teachers with assessment procedures.
  6. Assist classroom teachers with strategies to differentiate in the classroom.
  7. Carry out classroom observations and assess objectively students who have been identified as needing learning support.
  8. Assist students with strategies to minimize or overcome their difficulties.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
The individual education plan is termed Student Education Plans so that parents may not be confused by the legal entitlements of IEPs they may know in their home countries. A few students have IEPs to support their learning and behavioral needs. These are developed by the Learning Support team and circulated to everyone who works with the student. The teachers’ input about the progress of these students is valuable in monitoring their plans. Details of successes and difficulties are sent to the teacher appointed Case Manager

 ESL (English as a Second Language)
AIS offers ESL service on a case-by-case basis. If you feel your child needs this service, please contact his/her Division Head.