In addition to excellent classroom teachers, Sacred Heart has several staff members who support these teachers in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student. The role of each of those staff members is described below.
The learning specialist works with students, parents, and teachers to support students who have a diagnosis of learning difficulties. The learning specialist will help identify specific learning strategies, encourage the application of strategies, and monitor student progress. Services are available for students in all grades, and the learning specialist will work with public schools as well as private agencies in the diagnosis of learning difficulties. The learning specialist will provide pull-out services to students in grades 6-8 as well. Please be aware that even with a learning specialist, children with severe learning disabilities may not be able to be adequately served at Sacred Heart.
The math specialist works with students in grades 1-5 in small groups on a regular basis in support of the classÊ¼s math curriculum. The learning specialist may work with students who are struggling, may work with students who are exceeding expectations on enrichment activities, or may work with students who are performing at grade level in a smaller group setting.
The reading specialist works with individuals as well as groups of students in grades 1-4 to improve reading and comprehension skills. The reading specialist will work with classroom teachers to assess student reading, determine reading levels, develop classroom libraries, and create plans for reading interventions where necessary.
The school social worker works with teachers and students to help the school meet its academic goals. The specific support services are varied but may include consultation with parents and teachers, program development, and direct work with children in groups and individually. The school social worker may interact with your child in various ways:
â€¢ Character Education Lessons: The social worker may work with whole classes onÂ character education. Topics covered include but are not limited to sharing, citizenship,Â good sportsmanship, cooperation, conflict resolution, and friendship.
â€¢ Individual and Small Groups: A child may be referred by parent or teacher for individual or small group work for a variety of reasons. The social worker may work with a child toÂ facilitate behavioral change, to enhance communication and social skills, to help students cope with daily and life stressors, and to promote decision making skills. The social worker will meet with the child and communicate with parents and teachers regarding the child's individual needs.