Resource Specialist ProgramSandie Sweeney
Program Manager, Mild to Moderate Programs/Preschool Program
(559) 730-2910, Ext. 5141
The Resource Specialist Program provides instructional support services to students with mild to moderate disabilities. Resource Specialist Programs are available at all schools. The Tulare County Office of Education provides Resource Specialist services in the direct service school districts* in Tulare County. These instructional services are designed to support students who are having difficulty with the general education curriculum in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Services are provided in the general education classroom ("push in" model) or in a separate classroom ("pull out" model) individually or in small groups.
* TCOE provides special education services in the 34 small school districts (direct service) in Tulare County.
A student between the ages of 3 and 22 who is experiencing learning problems may be eligible for Resource Specialist services if the student is determined to have a disability, the disability has a negative impact on educational performance, and the student requires specialized services to progress in the general education program.
How are students referred?
Students may be referred by their parents, teachers or other school personnel through a Student Study Team process. Parents who have concerns about their child's educational progress should contact their child's teacher, the resource specialist or the site administrator to discuss their concerns.
What else do I need to know?
The goal of the Resource Specialist Program is to help students overcome or adapt to their specific disabilities both in the classroom and in daily life. Resource specialists work in general education classrooms as much as appropriate. This has several advantages: 1) it provides opportunities to adapt or modify the regular classroom instruction to better meet the specific needs of the students; 2) it provides opportunities for general education and special education staff to work collaboratively to meet the needs of students; 3) it provides opportunities for struggling, non-special education students to receive additional assistance.
A note about "RTI" - Response to Intervention
The Tulare County Office of Education Special Services division is committed to early intervention for struggling students. The goal of Response to Intervention programs is to help students who are struggling with learning before resorting to referring them to special education and labeling them as disabled. Special education personnel work collaboratively with general education staff to implement intensive reading instruction. Research-based reading programs and a variety of methodologies provided by highly qualified instructors are implemented to improve student success and avoid labeling of children as disabled.
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Visalia, CA 93278-5091
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