Academic Enrichment and Support Services
Inventor's Fair 2008

The following services are described below: Institute for Learning (IFL); Instructional Support Tutor in Reading; English Language Learners (ELL); Special Education Resource Program and Speech-Language Services

Instructional Support Tutor
Students identified in the 3rd – 5th grades needing additional support in reading are offered the opportunity for supplemental assistance through small group instruction. The children meet with a reading tutor in small groups (five or fewer students) for one half hour, two days per week. During small group instruction, the students receive strategies that support the classroom curriculum but are presented with different materials and instructional models.

English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL students are provided an educational opportunity to study and learn in an integrated setting. Goals for ELL students are to increase the student’s command of English, to increase student’s achievement in academic content areas, to develop a positive self-concept and attitude toward their own and other ethnic groups, and to improve communication between home and school.

Special Education Resource Program
The Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) evaluates and provides direct and indirect

Students learn about buoyancy at the Armatage Science Fair on April 20, 2006
special education service to students in the areas of academic, emotional/behavioral, and social skills. For direct service the students spend the majority of their time in their classrooms and come to the resource room for instruction in a small group setting. The SERT collaboratives with general education teachers to ensure that students make progress in the general education curriculum.

Speech-Language Services
Students with identified speech-language impairments are served at all MPS school sites. According to state criteria, there are four types of speech-language impairment: language disorder, articulation disorder, voice disorder and fluency disorder (stuttering). Depending on individual student needs, a range of speech-language services is provided, including screening, pre-referral consultation, evaluation, direct intervention in small group settings or in the classroom, indirect service, collaborative teaching, and home programming. Speech-language intervention programs are based on each student’s individual needs as determined by the IEP team. The team determines the student’s needs and goals, the appropriate intervention model and the frequency of intervention. Therapy activities are designed to support state and district standards, and grade level expectations.