Principals and school leaders who are looking to create learning support programs at their school sites do not need to reinvent the wheel. Many schools both inside and outside the Diocese of San Diego have successfully implement learning support in a variety of school populations, demographics, and socio-economic statuses. We hope you find here what you need to build your program, but we also know there is no substitute for in-person training. Should you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us either individuallys or through our contact form.
LEARNING SUPPORT HANDBOOK
Written by the Diocese of San Diego Learning Support Steering Committee
Modeled after the Diocese of Orange's Diversified Learning Handbook, this handbook will help you formulate a blueprint for learning support at your school site. Don't see what you need? Use the contact form above or feel free to contact one of the Steering Committee members directly.
LEARNING SUPPORT FORMS
Compiled by the Diocese of San Diego Learning Support Steering Committee
Schools with learning support programs can use documentation forms as they appear in the handbook, or they can modify them to the needs of their school community. This link takes you to the forms specific school sites use. Need help? Use the contact form above or feel free to contact one of the Steering Committee members directly.
DIOCESAN FLOW CHARTS
Step-by-Step Overview of Learning Support Process
Every school is different, from its student population to its available resources. The Learning Support Steering Committee has developed three flow charts that reflect how programs can look in schools with no additional staff members, a part-time staff member, and a full-time staff member.
Service Delivery Models & Intervention Programs
This is one version of a service delivery model in a school with at least one full-time learning support staff person. It can be adapted to the needs of schools with a part-time staff person or for schools with no dedicated learning support staff. More models will be added soon. Click the Interventions link to see specific reading and math intervention programs being used in LSPs at schools throughout the diocese.
Various Learning Support Related Duties
Regardless of the current size of your learning support program, it is wise to look ahead at the tasks associated with growing programs. These job descriptions are examples of duties associated with learning support, from teacher consultation to parent meetings to Federal program planning.
PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
Resources on Working with Your LEA
For best results, a collaborative working relationship with your LEA is essential. Look here to find your SELPA and LEA contacts. We strongly suggest you set up a meeting with public-school officials early in your program development process so that you can take their input into account when creating your school's systems and documentation.
Support for Classroom Teachers
Differentiating instruction is difficult even among students with no learning disabilities. How can you help equip your teachers to meet the challenge of an inclusive classroom? These websites are full of ideas and strategies for diverse learner populations.
Equipping teachers for change and success
Get your staff off on the right foot by providing them with meaningful professional development focued on change management, adapting instruction and enviornments, and measuring success of diverse learners. Sound like old news? Consider refresher courses for your whole staff and targeted professional learning for those who need more in-depth training.
Inclusive Catholic Schools
You are not in this alone! Many Catholic school communities have made the cultural shift to becoming inclusive schools. Teaching is a team sport, and inclusive teaching takes your team to the next level. That means you will need next-level support. Don't try to go it alone.