The Upper School Skills Center Program is designed after a coaching and mentoring model that strives to empower students by providing them with the skills, strategies, and resources necessary to be more effective and successful in the classroom. The program focuses on the development of executive functioning skills, self-advocacy, study strategies, fundamental reading and writing skills, and the use of assistive technology. The goal of the Skills Center is for students to master the skills needed to achieve their academic goals with confidence and independence.
Core skills and strategies include:
- Organizational skills
- Prioritization and planning
- Time management
- Test-taking strategies
- Scaffolding of assignments
- Academic support through classroom assignments
- Use of graphic organizers and outlines to develop the writing process
- Review of concepts to support memory retention
- Assistive Technology- including typing programs, audiobooks, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, Quizlet, reading comprehension and fluency programs.
The Skills Center:
- Specialist reviews student evaluation and creates a Seacrest Educational Plan.
- Communicates frequently with subject area teachers and counselors
- Works closely with classroom teachers to ensure application of student accommodations in the classroom
- Provides a supportive environment which fosters student self-advocacy
- Regularly communicates with parents on student progress
- Provides one-on-one or small group instruction
- Provides Professional Development to Seacrest Faculty