Educational Support Services Team : Problem Solving Meetings

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Educational Support Services Team: Problem Solving Meetings The Educational Support Services Team (ESST) is an integral part of how a school runs. The ESST, provides “[…] coaching, mentoring, training and support to the classroom teacher in accommodations, instructional strategies and other related practices” (ASD-W, p.1). The ESST are a part of the various programs that are available and developed for students within their school. They are also a part of any initiatives and curriculum development that is there to support classroom teachers in better reaching students with special needs. Within this framework, the EST-R and the other members of the ESST are required to Problem Solve for those that are at risk and need targeted support…show more content…
Within this stage there is a brief outline of the process and a recorder is identified. The recorder is responsible for completing the PST minutes. This process is different in many schools, in my experience some schools choose to have the referring teacher type the minutes, others have the Resource Teacher perform this task, others change the person responsible for recording from meeting to meeting. Within my current school, the Resource Teacher for a given grade is responsible for the minutes. In the event that there are any grade seven students who require a problem solving meeting, in my current capacity, I am required to take the minutes for the endeavour. Again, this is different from school to school, but a recorder is required for each meeting. The facilitator explains the problem that is being brought forth; additionally any other background information that would contribute to the meeting’s progress would then be said. Stage two is where the referring teacher gives a statement; this section is limited to four minutes. The referring teacher provides a detailed explanation of the issues that are to be discussed in this stage. As the meeting recorder goes down the PST form, the group then moves onto the student’s strengths, which is then followed by their needs. Ending this particular section is strategies that have already been tried and their outcomes. While this is being reviewed, no other
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