GRACE believes every child has gifts to be nurtured. Through our Student Services Program, we support teachers and students to ensure that each student receives a meaningful and responsive Catholic school learning experience. Each school has a Supportive Consultant who works with staff and assists students with educational needs. Student needs are evaluated on an individual basis and determination made if GRACE is able to provide for a student’s education.
- GRACE Student Services Video
- NCEATalk– A Catholic School Education Article, April 2017
- GRACE News Article, January 2013
- Student Services Informational Handout
Information below outlines important components of the Student Services Program. Please also see the Student Services Resources webpage for helpful tips and tools related to early development, parenting, special education, teaching and learning.
Supportive Consultant Role
Each of our GRACE schools has a staff member designated as a Supportive Consultant to work with and assist students and staff with students’ educational needs. The following are some of their roles and responsibilities:
- Provide identified assistance to students of need (academic, behavioral, social, other) as determined by a GRACE School Service Plan.
- Oversee completion and distribution to parents of new and revised Teacher and GRACE Student Service Plans in collaboration with the classroom teacher(s). As needed, include a listing of accommodation and modification recommendations.
- Provide a copy of the Service Plan progress at the end of each grading period (trimester) to parents.
- Attend Individualized Education Program (IEP), Service Plan and Supportive Consultation meetings as warranted.
- Serve as the The Center for Advanced Academics (“The Center”) Site Coordinator.
- Serve as the Odyssey (computer-based learning) Site Coordinator.
- GRACE Supportive Consultants contact information: 2019-2020 Supportive Consultants
- Student Service Plan Terminology: English | Spanish
- Referral Process: English | Spanish
Odyssey is an online tool used by GRACE to provide lessons, activities, and quizzes that are at a student’s level. It can be used for remediation, intervention and advanced placement. Over 750 GRACE students used the Odyssey program during the 2016-2017 school year. Features include:
- Pretests to assess strengths and needs and pinpoint skill gaps for each student
- Automatically generated individualized learning paths
- Links to external assessment MAP test data
- Engaging yet rigorous instruction delivered through reading passages, virtual manipulatives, videos, and animations
- Reporting tools to generate reliable data for instructional decision making
- 24/7 web access
The Barton Reading and Spelling Program and the Wilson Fundations Program, as part of our Reading Intervention Curriculum. Wilson Fundations is a multi-sensory, systematic phonics, spelling and handwriting program that benefits kindergarten through third-grade students. This program is supplemented by literature-based reading instruction.
For students needing extra support, repeated practice of Fundations lessons can be provided. Some of our schools are also using JUST WORDS, a word level intervention for struggling readers in grades 4-8. In addition, many GRACE schools have trained teachers providing intervention for students with dyslexia or language-based learning challenges.
The Center for Advanced Academics (“The Center”)
For high-achieving GRACE students, there is an opportunity to participate in The Center for Advanced Academics (“The Center”). Students participating in The Center classes offered through GRACE will not be charged a fee.
The Center (formerly called the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth) is offered four times throughout the school year for GRACE students in grades 5-8 scoring a 95% or higher percentile ranking in the subject areas of Reading and Language Usage on their most recent MAP assessment. A student scoring in the 90-94% percentile ranking in reading and language usage can be eligible based on a school team decision.
Students participating in The Center are part of an online learning community led by a certified teacher in which they use higher-level thinking skills as they converse and learn with each other. The courses are relevant and challenging, and students interact with the world around them through explorative questioning. The Center’s research-based strategies for online instruction ignite imagination, evaluation, and creative thinking. Students meet face-to-face with each other and their instructor three times throughout the course at one of our host GRACE schools.
Successful students in The Center are self-motivated, possess good time-management skills, and are able to communicate with the instructor and other students participating in the class. Schools are advised that participation in The Center is to take the place of the student’s language arts and/or reading class for the duration of the course. Activities are designed to replace five hours of class work weekly and often require homework. Students receive a grade with comments from The Center at the completion of the course. For more information, please contact your student’s principal.