Indian Trail Learning Options
Students have multiple needs that need to be met and At Indian Trail we have multiple programs in place that support scholars at multiple levels:
Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO):
Offering advanced learning opportunities is one way that each and every child can achieve personal academic growth and feel capable and worthy in his/her learning. Advanced learning can happen in every course/subject in every classroom, on any given day. Children and grade level peers will be supported in a variety of ways including flexible groupings, push-in support, personalized assignments or projects, co-teaching, and/or differentiated work taught by grade level classroom and ALO teachers. The manner in which services occur will change throughout the year and look different at each grade level and school based upon the identified number of students, student readiness, building schedule, and classroom structures. Check out Mrs. Belkind's blog here.
Scholars have access to flexible reading support through reading development. Reading specialists work to "push-in" to classrooms and also pull students for reading support. Scholars receive support around phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension. Learn more about reading development at Indian Trail here.
Student Services (Special Education):
A full continuum of special education and related services is available to students who are eligible for special education services in North Shore School District 112. The process for eligibility and service delivery follows this path: classroom and team-based problem-solving, team determination of a need for assessment/evaluation, identification of eligibility for special education, needs identified based on the assessment, goals developed to address the student’s needs, services identified to meet the goals, and placement determined based on the services. Below are some of the ways we service students:
- Co-Teaching Model: Two or more teachers work collaboratively to instruct during a designated instructional period. Co-teaching allows for more intense and individualized instruction in the general education setting increasing access to the general education curriculum while decreasing stigma for students with special needs.
- Resource Model: Resource services are typically used to meet the academic or functional goals of students who are discrepant from grade level standards in specific subject/skill areas, or have social-emotional/behavioral needs that can be met within the general education setting with some specialized instruction in another location (e.g., pull-out services, resource room), or with special education supports being provided within the general education classroom (e.g., push-in services).
- STEP (Structured Teaching) Program: Services through the Structured Teaching Education Program are designed for students who require a high degree of structure and support to learn in the busy and stimulating environment of a school. The classrooms serving students in STEP are highly structured, and are designed to teach students “how to learn.” Students who need this level of support typically have significant needs in the areas of language and communication, behavior, and developing reciprocal relationships with peers and adults. Students receiving STEP services participate with their general education peers based on individual strengths, needs, and the IEP team’s determination.
- Related Services: Related services such as speech, social work, occupational therapy, and physical therapy can occur either inside or outside of the classrooms. These services are provided to students who require these services to benefit from educational programming.
- Bilingual Education and English Learners:
Indian Trail is committed to ensuring all English Learners are able learn and grow academically. We ensure students are supported by doing the following:
Bilingual One Way Immersion: We one classroom where scholars speak Spanish. The program goal is that instruction occurs 50% of the time in Spanish and 50% of the time in English. The goal is the acquisition of a second language while maintaining Spanish. We want students to develop positive cross-cultural understanding and learn essential academic skills in Spanish while building their English proficiency over time.
English Second Language Services (ESL): Students who qualify for language support can receive a variety of "push-in" or "pull-out" support options depending on their english Proficiency.