Student Support Services
The International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) has a commitment to developing the individual potential of each student as outlined in our school philosophy. Student Support Services (SSS) are available to help in that process. SSS primarily uses an inclusion model, which means that we offer in-class support. Student Support teachers are assigned to specific classrooms to support the general curriculum through differentiated instruction and provide academic / remedial assistance to students with language, learning or behavioral challenges. The inclusion model allows learning in the rich classroom environment and promotes students' collaboration and communication skills.
Individual Learning Plan
Students who are identified through a comprehensive assessment process as having special needs are eligible for an Individual Learning Plan or ILP. An ILP is an academic and/or behavioral plan that outlines the suggested support services for the student and states specific learning goals for the student. The ILP includes information on a student’s unique learning profile, identifies the needed accommodations and modifications to the curriculum, instruction and the classroom environment that would assist the student in meeting his/her potential. The ILP is updated annually.
The Student Support Team provides support using a variety of methods to meet the learning needs of students such as:
- Cooperative Consultation – Student Support teachers work in collaboration with the classroom teacher to plan for differentiated instruction to help meet the range of learning needs and styles in the classroom.
- Supportive teaching (inclusion) – Student Support teachers work with students with an Individual Learning Plan in the classroom (approximately 2 hours per week) allowing them full access to the curriculum while limiting disruption to their daily schedule.
- Homework assistance – This may be suggested for students who need help with organizational skills, time management, and help with prioritizing assignments.
- Learning Resource Centre limited (approximately 2 -3 hours per week) one-to-one or small group instruction on specific skills in the Learning Resource Centre for students with an Individual Learning Plan.
Student Support Staff Is Also Available to Provide
- Support for parents on how to deal with children experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties.
- Links between parents and outside agencies offering additional therapies, evaluations or other needed support.
Student Support Identification Process
This process consists of:
- A classroom/subject teacher may refer a student to the Student Support Team if the student exhibits difficulty, or if his/herskills and strengths are discrepant from grade level expectations.
- Individual screenings (developmental and/or behavioral) may be administered in order to gather data to assist teachers in developing a support plan including suggested teaching strategies and interventions.
- Occasionally the team may recommend the student have a full educational assessment administered by an outside professional. This assessment is to determine the student’s specific areas of academic difficulty, and would be the financial responsibility of the parents.
- An Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) or Academic Improvement Plan may be developed, focusing on the student’s unique learning style, and identifying student goals and objectives. Parent and teacher input are essential in developing the ILP. Parents are asked to attend a meeting to review the plan, as their support is critical to student success.