LEarning Resource Center

Teacher: Mr. Hockwater

Welcome to the Learning Resource Center! The Learning Resource Center serves as the central hub for students with diverse needs. It houses Academic Intervention Services (AIS), which provides remedial reading and math instruction to students who score low on NYS and iReady assessments, as well as for students who demonstrate a lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. The AIS curriculum is differentiated and individualized to best meet students’ diverse needs. The Learning Resource Center also reviews and develops Section 504 Plans and facilitates the implementation of Section 504 Plans and IEP’s for students with special needs. 


                                                  Special Education

In addition to AIS, the Learning Resource Center also works to ensure that all students’ needs are being met and serviced the best they can. Mr. Hockwater works in conjunction with Orchard Park Central Schools to assist teachers, students, and parents access special education services. He attends all CSE meetings for students with IEP’s and develops Section 504 Accommodation Plans for other students who do not meet the requirements for an IEP.

AIS Reading

Think about how many times a day you have to read or write. Reading road signs, writing a grocery list, sending and receiving a text message, sending and receiving an email, reading a book, searching the web, and using social media are just a few examples of the ways that literacy is present in your everyday life. Thus, it is important that students build strong literacy skills so that they cannot only achieve academic success in school, but also be able to fully and effectively participate in the world around them.

 

There are four main components of a well-rounded literacy "diet." These include: fluency, vocabulary & comprehension, writing, and word work. In order to become strong readers and writers, students need instruction across these four areas. Fluency means reading text accurately, at a good pace, and with expression. Comprehension refers to a reader's ability to actively construct meaning from a text and includes using context clues to define new vocabulary. Writing is best learned through process in which students improve their writing abilities from the very first stage (planning) to the last stage (publishing). Word work refers to spelling instruction and teaching students how to read and write words with similar features or spelling patterns.

 

During AIS Reading, your child will receive targeted and differentiated instruction meant to meet their specific needs. This is often accomplished by having students participate in Guided Reading, in which they are grouped by similar reading level and then provided targeted instruction in word work (Spelling, phonics, sight words, etc.), vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The specific texts and reading strategies taught vary according to students’ needs and interests, but some examples are: Question-Answer Relationship, 5 Finger Retell, summarizing, and inferencing. Students also participate in Writers’ Workshop, in which they complete the writing process from the pre-planning stage to publishing stage. By the end of the year, students should gain confidence in their reading and writing abilities, as well as improve their academic performance. 

AIS Math

As with Reading, Math is a part of our everyday lives. From calculating a sale price while shopping, figuring out how much money you need to pay a bill, and determining the amount of ingredients to include while baking, math is all around us. However, many students find math to be challenging. During AIS, I will work with students to improve their math abilities and ensure that they not only improve their performance in math class, but also improve their abilities to use math accurately and efficiently in their own lives.

 

During AIS Math, your child will receive targeted and differentiated remedial math instruction in areas that he/she demonstrates as areas in need of improvement. Thus, as with AIS Reading, there is no standard curriculum. However, some examples of content and strategies that are commonly taught are: solving equations, word problems, number sense, geometry, algebra, basic operations, decimals, and fractions. Students use Khan Academy and MyMath to supplement their instruction.