Programs & Activities
The model is successful due to a coordinated effort by all programs. It helps to insure that students are receiving the necessary support. The following programs work together to support the students at Eastwood:
Library Media Center Program: Judy Kulluson, Associate Librarian
Music Specialist: Kerby Thomson
The Music Specialist instructs individual classrooms in the content areas of music and performance. The music program is now a full year program at Eastwood.
Child Development Specialist: Vern Thompson
The Child Development Specialist (CDS) teacher delivers weekly instruction in classrooms. This instruction focuses on understanding emotions, empathy, problem solving, and appropriate school behavior. He also supervises the TAG program, manages the check in/check out program, and is a member of the MTI Team. The team evaluates student progress within interventions. The Child Development Specialist is available for ‘drop in’ visits by students.
Learning Lab and Instructional Support:
Cynthia Wicks, Instructional Specialist
Miss Wicks works with the instructional staff. She provides special academic help to ANY student at Eastwood who has been identified as needing additional support. Jane Barrow serves as the case manager for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She works with homeroom teachers to design a program which best meets the needs of each student. Homeroom teachers attend IEP meetings. They provide open communication about changes to the schedule. This allows all students to participate in special classroom events, field trips, assemblies, and guest speakers. ALL students are to be treated with equality and a sense of belonging. No form of discrimination will be tolerated in the education of any student. The Special Programs Teacher and the Instructional Specialist are both members of the MTI Team. The team evaluates student progress within interventions.
English Language Learner program, Karla Addington
The English Language Learner program teacher (ELL) provides daily services to students were English isn't their first language. They also provide additional support to improve both receptive and expressive language skills. The ELL program teacher attends parent teacher conferences and works closely with the homeroom teacher to coordinate the student’s program. The homeroom teachers provide open communication about changes to the schedule. This allows all students to participate in special classroom events, field trips, assemblies, and guest speakers. The English Language Learner program teacher is a member of the MTI Team which evaluates student progress within interventions.
Speech/Language Therapist: Heather Hull
Physical Education: Jamie Hummel
Talented and Gifted Program
The huge factor which impacts the effectiveness of any program we design is PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, in their student’s learning. Eastwood encourages parent involvement through parent teacher conferences, volunteer opportunities, family nights such as the science fair, and the invitation for frequent communication with teachers regarding student progress.
The Home-School Partnership is the piece which connects all of the dots for students. It also lets them know we are all working together and on the same page.