Resource rooms give students the tools they need


Trish Ludwig works with elementary students in the Focus Room. Her job is to teach students how to be respectful, safe and responsible. Above, Ludwig is pictured with Anthony Baatz, sitting, and Joey Novotny.

Mary Beth Barder is able to offer one-on-one time with a student in the Maple Lake High School’s Strategies Room. The room is a place where students can get help with homework, organizational skills or just find a quiet place to study. (Photos submitted)

Students who need extra help are getting it at Maple Lake schools where cracks that some students inevitably seem to fall through are getting smaller and smaller.
At the high school help can be found in the Strategies Room where students can find assistance with homework, time management skills, or simply a quiet place to work.
At the elementary level it’s called “Irish Support” where the underlying theme is to teach behavioral expectations in the same way math or reading is taught.
But district wide, the goal is the same, to give students the tools they need to succeed.
Both programs are funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. According to the MDE website, the idea is to assist students who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general education environment with the goal of reducing the number of inappropriate referrals to special education by providing supports early to struggling students.
As part of the grant, districts are expected to collect data and submit evaluation information yearly.

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