Individualized Instruction

Individualized Instruction Program (IIP)

Mission and Background
At St. Francis de Sales School, we understand the dignity and value of each child and therefore strive to meet diverse learning needs. Staffed by a full-time certified teacher with a Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Endorsement, an additional certified teacher and several teacher aides, the IIP expanded to offer support five days per week in 2017 at the direction of Father Ryan and Principal Schmitt. 
 
Goals
The goals of the IIP include the following: 
  • to ensure that every student in grades K-4 is reading and doing math at or above grade level
  • to offer enrichment opportunities for advanced students
  • to provide a guided study hall in grades 5th-8th who require additional academic and organizational support
To meet these goals, SFS provides 1:1 or small group (2-4 students) instruction that is closely aligned to each student's readiness level. These small groups typically follow a "pull-out" model; however, at times, IIP teachers "push in" to classrooms to provide support to a larger group of students. IIP teachers work closely with classroom teachers to communicate progress and to ensure that the small group instruction closely aligns to grade-level curriculum and instruction.
 
Placement
To determine placement into the IIP, SFS considers student diagnostic data, classroom performance, teacher input, and parent perspective. Our small groups adhere to the concept of "flexible grouping" by being fluid and responsive to student needs. Entrance into or exit from a small group is evaluated on an as-needed or quarterly basis with communication and agreement among parents, the classroom teacher, and IIP Director. 
 
Assessment
One way in which SFS gathers diagnostic student data is through the EasyCBM, a universal screening and benchmarking system aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. For grades 3rd-8th, SFS also analyzes data from the ACT Aspire interim and summative tests to assess student achievement and to inform instructional decision making. 
 
Additional Support
504 Plans are developed by St. Francis for students who are eligible for and require accommodations, such as extended time or pull-out room for testing, in the general education setting. A small number of students at St. Francis also receive speech and language services on-site from District 95. Eligibility for these services is determined by District 95. 
 

For more information, please contact our Director of Individualized Instruction, Mrs. Karen Muir, at kmuir@stfrancislz.org.