Welcome to Learning Support
The Foote School Learning Support Program (LSP) promotes academic growth through its work with students, faculty and families. The learning specialists consult and collaborate with classroom teachers and work in partnership with families to help students with a broad range of learning needs. The Learning Support model is designed to help students make progress in the context of a rigorous academic program.
The Learning Support team is comprised of five full-time specialists who provide specific skill instruction to those students who need targeted academic support.
In kindergarten through grade two
In these grades interventions focus on skill acquisition in reading, written expression and mathematics. Learning specialists provide explicit, targeted, sequential instruction and guided practice to students in small groups and one-on-one tutorials. This work takes place in addition to classroom-based reading, writing and math instruction.
In grades three through five
Learning support continues to align closely with student need. Often, the shift is made to comprehension and fluency support in reading. In written expression, organization, sentence structure, word choice and coherence are all areas of emphasis, depending on need. Mathematics support shadows the increasingly complex curriculum and seeks to fill in gaps in skills and reasoning through strategy instruction.
In the middle school
Students meet with learning specialists during study hall or during language periods (see language waiver protocol below). Learning support sessions target skill deficits through coursework assignments and projects. Reading for information, note-taking and continuing support for expository writing are areas of emphasis in language arts. In mathematics, specialists provide procedural and strategy support for problem-solving and continue to build upon basic skills as needed. Emphasis in the middle school also shifts to executive skills including organization, time management, study strategies and self-monitoring.
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