Intervention and Referral Services
Parkway Elementary School
When might a teacher request an I&RS review?
A teacher routinely differentiates instruction to address a child’s needs in the classroom. The teacher requests services of the I&RS Committee when a particular child continues to have difficulties despite these efforts.
What kind of needs are reviewed by the I&RS?
When a child experiences difficulties that effect his or her academic progress, or has exhibited behavior that interferes with learning, the teacher may request support from I&RS. Student difficulties may include problems responding to written or verbal information, organizing, focusing, and/or completing work without constant success within the regular program.
How does I&RS help a teacher?
I&RS supports the teachers and students by developing an intervention plan that may provide alternative strategies, programs, and/or assessments. The interventions are designed to support the student in achieving success within the regular education program.
How are parents informed?
The teacher discusses his or her concerns with the child’s parents prior to requesting an I&RS review for the child, the I&RS committee will meet to brainstorm ideas for an educational action plan. Following the I&RS committee meeting the classroom teacher will brief the parents with the results. The parents will then be invited to meet with the I&RS committee and the classroom teacher to provide input in the development of the action plan. When the action plan is complete the parents will receive a copy of the plan that has been developed.
What happens during an I&RS meeting with the teacher?
Following a teacher’s submission of an I&RS request to the Dean of Students, the teacher is invited to discuss the problem with the I&RS Committee at a meeting scheduled during the school day. At that time, the teacher describes the student and the challenge. He or she will identify both successful and unsuccessful strategies used, as well as current efforts. Alternative means of intervention and new approaches are suggested. A plan of action is developed specifying the goals, strategies to be used, and the individuals responsible for each action. A time line is established for implementing the plan and assessing its effectiveness.
How is follow-up provided?
The action plan is monitored by the classroom teacher and the I&RS Committee. At the time specified within the plan, the teacher meets with the I&RS committee once again to report on its success. If the child’s needs are not being met by the initial plan, additional interventions may be suggested and modifications made to the plan
Is this the same as a referral for Special Education?
I&RS recommends actions intended to help resolve the challenge indentified to prevent referral to the Child Study Team. If the actions taken and resources used are not adequate and the problem still remains, the child’s needs may suggest referral the Child Study Team. Parents will participate in the decision in the decision as to whether a Child Study Team evaluation will be done.
Who serves on the Parkway School’s I&RS Committee?
Permanent members of the Problem Solving Committee include the Principal;, Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor, School Nurse, Teachers, Early Intervention Specialists, and CST members.
2017 – 2018 members include:
Nicole N.W. Harris, Principal
Early Intervention Specialists
Joseph Callea, Dean of Students
Debra Davis, CST Member
Rachel Land, CST Member
Brigitta Donato, Guidance Counselor
Joan Kocubinski, Nurse
How can I get additional information about Intervention and Referral Services?
Please contact either your child’s teacher
Joseph Callea, Dean of Students
609-538-9800 Ext 5105