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Special Education

The special education resource teacher provides specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with an identified disability. Specially designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate to the needs of a child with a disability, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child's disability and to ensure the child's access to the general curriculum so that the child can meet the educational standards.

Student Intervention Team

The student intervention team provides a problem solving approach within the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) process to support students' academic and/or behavior needs. The team analyzes data and monitors progress of interventions in place, making adjustments when necessary. This team is comprised of teachers, specialists, administrators, parents, and students (when deemed appropriate).

Gifted Education

AIES has a gifted education specialist who serves the needs of formally identified gifted and talented students in grades 3-5. The gifted education specialist also supports teachers by providing information and resources for differentiation strategies that can be tailored to the needs of their students.

Speech/Language Pathologist

The speech/language pathologist provides evaluation and appropriate intervention and/or consultation services to students experiencing delayed or disordered communication skills that interfere with academic or social achievement. Specific speech/language needs could include: speech/articulation, receptive and/or expressive language, voice, fluency, and auditory processing.

Social Worker

AIES is assigned a social worker by the district. He/she is an itinerant and is in the building on a limited basis. The school social worker is available to provide diagnostic evaluations and services in the areas of social/emotional development as part of the special education referral process. Also, the school social worker serves as a link between the school, community, and family.

School Psychologist

AIES is assigned a school psychologist by the district. He/she is an itinerant and is in the building on a limited basis. A school psychologist is available to provide diagnostic evaluations relating to intellectual ability, academic proficiency, and psychological and emotional development. The school psychologist actively participates in selected student intervention team meetings to evaluate the strengths and needs of students and to formulate meaningful interventions.

School Nurse

AIES is assigned a school nurse by the district. He/she is an itinerant and is in the building on a limited basis but is always within contact. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the district school nurse regarding significant health concerns for their child to determine if specific health plans need to occur for school. Parents also need to provide the school with updated immunization records and any evidence of contagious disease.

Reading Support

AIES has two reading support teachers who are also Certified Academic Language Practitioners (CALPs). They are dedicated to providing students who have characteristics of dyslexia as well as students reading below grade level expectations with appropriate reading interventions. We also have a reading tutor who works with students on their reading skills and proficiency. Services focus on the five components of effective reading instruction (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Reading Comprehension). Instruction is targeted to specific student needs. Student needs are met through small group pull-out interventions and through support in the classroom.