March 24, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians and Adult Students,
Tyler ISD and the Department of Academic Intervention are currently working long hours and with intensity to ensure that you have individualized instruction and related services for you or your children as indicated by ARD or Section 504 plan. Our goal is to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education or FAPE. In fulfillment of this, our teachers are working closely with general education teachers to ensure provision of accommodations and modified curriculum. We are also providing access to our alternative curriculum where indicated. Each teacher and/or related service provider will contact you on a regular basis. If you do not have internet access, our department will provide individualized instruction in a written form or packet which will be delivered to you by transportation. We encourage you also to pick up a general education packet or workbooks at one of the Tyler ISD distribution sites as communicated regularly by Tyler ISD communications. Our teachers will have Google classrooms through Clever just as the general education teachers. In addition, we may be providing services telephonically and over Zoom. Your primary point of contact will be your child’s teacher and their campus. Any requests for computers would be communicated there. If your child has a device specified in their ARD, related service personnel will ensure that they receive it. Finally, please practice social distancing during this time. When we return to our campus instruction, we will monitor your child’s progress and determine whether additional services or instruction need to be provided.
Keeping you in my thoughts,
Dr. Leslie Brinkman-Greer, Executive Director of Academic Intervention
We are excited to introduce you to the continuum of services and supports that we offer. Continuum is the key word. Our services span across general and special education. There is not a direct linear flow. Students require varying levels of support to be successful. Within Tyler ISD we offer tiered intervention for academic success. Ours is a four tiered system which begins with exceptional core instruction and positive behavior supports at Tier 1 and delivers the most intense intervention provided by special education at Tier 4.
We work interactively with the Tyler ISD Curriculum and Instruction Department to provide enhanced learning opportunities for all learners. We work diligently to build campus capacity and confidence in facilitating student academic and behavioral success. The Tyler ISD Academic Intervention Department follows the Teaching for Robust understanding or TRU framework where we facilitate environments in which all students are supported in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary thinkers.
We measure the quality of our learning environments by determining the extent to which they provide opportunities for students along the following five dimensions:
(1) The richness of disciplinary concepts and practices (“the content”) available for learning;
(2) Student sense-making and “productive struggle”;
(3) Meaningful and equitable access to concepts and practices for all students;
(4) Means for constructing positive disciplinary identities through presenting, discussing and refining ideas; and
(5) The responsiveness of the environment to student thinking.
Our department includes Student Intervention Services through a Multi-Tiered System of Support including RTI, 504, Dyslexia Services and Special Education. Please see our program links to the left.