Learning Support

Learning Support 

Learning Support is a part of the Support Services group at the International School of Latvia, which includes Counseling, EAL, Health, and Learning Support.

The LS department works to provide additional support for students, teachers, and parents in the school to help meet each student’s individual needs. We believe that the best way to achieve this goal is through an inclusive education model.

History
The Learning Resource Center was founded in 2007 to develop a model of student support that matches the best of educational theory and research with the special strengths and needs of the International School of Latvia students.  Our goal was to create a unique center that strives to provide a range of multifaceted services at the Elementary, Middle and High School level. In 2014, the Learning Resource Center was renamed as the Learning Support (LS) department that would have a greater focus on in-class support, and to further develop our capacity to support a greater range of student needs."  

The LS department is a program designed to increase the academic success of all ISL students who may have varied backgrounds, interests and individual learning differences.  A team approach through a Student Support Team (SST) has been adopted to ensure a holistic view of each student aiding in all decision making for support plans. 

 

The following services are available in the Learning Support Department:

  • Accommodations and modifications for students

  • In-class support

  • When necessary, small group instruction and/or 1-on-1 support

  • Support Overview (SO) for Level 1 (equivalent to a 504 plan)

  • Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for Level 2-3  (equivalent to an IEP)

  • Professional development for staff to support student programs

  • Fees for Learning Support

    We do not charge families any additional fees for Learning Support services. We believe that all students deserve the right to support towards success within ISL, and we are a community working together towards this common goal.

    When the need for a one-to-one assistant is determined by ISL, typically the school will hire and supervise this staff member. This allows us to better supervise and train the one-to-one assistants to ensure proper implementation of the students’ lLP. The cost of this one-to-one assistant will be paid for by the family.

    If additional services including but not limited to Educational Pyschological Assessment, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or hearing test are needed, these services will be arranged and paid for by the family. The Learning Support department will help in finding professionals for these needs, as well as be a laison between the professionals, families, and members of ISL.

We currently support students who have mild to moderate disabilities and are commited to accommodating students with a variety of needs. Our future goal is to provide a program for students with severe needs and enrichment. Please feel free to arrange an appointment if you are interested in discussing the support that our department can provide your child.

“The fundamental principle of inclusive education is the valuing of diversity within the human community…. When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become “normal” in order to contribute to the world…. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging.–  Norman Kunc

 

Meet our team! 

Ashley Sequoia

Ashley Sequoia, Learning Support Teacher

asequoia@isl.edu.lv

 Rachel Kayce

Rachel Kayce, Learning Support Teacher

rkayce@isl.edu.lv

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