School counselors work with students individually and/or in small groups. The school counseling program addresses the learning, personal/social, and career development needs of students at the developmental stages which students experience as they progress through school. Counselors can assist students in a wide variety of areas.
These include coping with family changes (divorce, death in the family, etc.), developing organizational skills and work habits, and improving self-concept and social skills. As a member of each building’s educational team, school counselors help remove barriers which interfere with academic success.
Although the district provides a comprehensive educational program, there are instances when the needs of certain children are not met in the general classroom. Realizing this, the district has developed various special programs.
By involving social workers and psychologists, services are provided for students who have physical handicaps, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional disturbances. Therapy is offered to those who have speech and language deficiencies that impede learning.
English Language Learners (ELL)
The ELL program is designed to help limited English speaking students develop skills in the English language. These skills (listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing) will enable these students to participate more fully in the classroom environment and learn both the social and academic language more effectively.
Student Intervention Team
The Student Intervention Team (SIT) is a team of staff who provide additional support and resources for students with additional needs. The team meets on a weekly basis to discuss students that are identified as having an academic and/or social/emotional need. The SIT members consist of the building administrator, school psychologist, school social worker, guidance counselor, and teacher(s) of the identified student.
During the meeting, interventions are discussed and responsibilities may be developed for those involved with the student’s education. After interventions are attempted, if limited progress is documented, the student may be referred for a special education evaluation. Parent(s) and/or teacher(s) have the ability to refer a student for a special education evaluation at any time.
Each grade level has a designated half-hour block of time for interventions. In addition to the grade level classroom teachers, other specialists such as the school interventionist, guidance counselor, special education teachers, and specials teachers help provide targeted small group instruction in math and reading based on students’ needs and academic achievement levels.
The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District’s Advanced Instruction program promotes opportunities for students to be engaged and appropriately challenged within the curriculum, primarily through differentiated instruction and through co-curricular programs in the areas of math, reading, writing, geography, and the arts. Contact your child’s teacher or the school office to find out more information regarding these programs.