Ranchito Avenue Elementary School School for Advanced Studies

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Resource Specialist

Ernesto Ortega
Monday - Friday
A.Instruction and Services
The primary role of the resource specialist program is to provide instructional services to students with disabilities whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines that service through the resource specialist program is the least restrictive environment. Students with mild to moderate or moderate to severe disabilities who are participating in the core curriculum may receive services through the resource specialist program. This would include, but not be limited to, students with eligibilities of: specific learning disability, mental retardation, autism, hard of hearing, and emotional disturbance. Grade-level content standards and curriculum provide the foundation for all instruction. In collaboration with the general eduction teacher, the resources specialist teacher implements a program of student support consisting of an array of services including:
  • Co-planning
  • Co-teaching, and
  • Direct service
Resource specialist teacher support includes, but is not limited to, instruction in:
  • Behavior strategies
  • Basic academic skills
  • Organization and study skills
  • Social skills, and
  • Use of cognitive strategies
B. Collaborative Consultation, Resource Information, and Material Regarding Students with Disabilities
The resources specialist program is responsible for providing support to students, parents and general education staff. Activities include, but are not limited to provision of the following:
  • Accommodations or modifications of curriculum
  • Assessment information
  • Behavioral or social consultation
  • Professional development for staff and training for parents
  • Strategies for accessing and progressing in the core curriculum, and
  • Technical support to grade level teams, department teams, and/or the Student Success Team