At Trinity, every student is believed to be an image-bearer of our God; uniquely created for His glory. The Learning Resource Program (LRP) seeks to enable all students to meaningfully participate and access curriculum as they develop God-given gifts for His service and further education.
The Learning Resource Program at Trinity embodies the framework of Response to Intervention (RTI) to support students. RTI is a multi-tier approach that recognizes the importance of early identification and support of students with learning and behaviour needs using increasing levels of intensity (Howard, 2009). RTI in not a specific program, but rather a framework, with intent to provide a rich process, underscored by a responsive attitude towards the individual needs of each student.
The essential components to RTI include: high-quality classroom instruction (e.g., Literacy Place, JUMP Math), ongoing student monitoring and assessment (e.g., DRA, Reading a-z, Ontario Writing Assessment), tiered instruction and intervention (e.g., Levelled Literacy Intervention) and parental involvement and support (Buffman, Mattos & Weber, 2009).
Learning Resource Teachers’ (LRT) role at Trinity Christian School is collaborative, pro-active, data-informed and research-driven. The LRT role provides support to teachers, students and parents. We firmly believe that we do our best work when we work together as a team, sharing our experience and expertise in order to best help students. Within the RTI framework, LRTs and classroom teachers collaboratively work together to respond to the individual needs of each student. As intensity of support increases, LRTs may provide both in-class and “pull-out” assistance and/or intervention depending on the individual needs of each student.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed for students for whom access to learning the curriculum requires the provision of specific environmental, instructional and evaluational accommodations and/or modifications to the amount or level of curriculum expectations (e.g., working outside of grade level expectations). These plans also identify and outline the specific strengths and areas of need for the student.
Buffman, A., Mattos, M. & Weber, C. (2009). Pyramid Response to Intervention. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Howard, M. (2009). RTI From All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.