Instruction (DI) provided by the Classroom
is a way of thinking about teaching and
learning. Differentiated instruction involves
providing students with different avenues
to acquiring content; to processing, constructing,
or making sense of ideas; and to developing
teaching products so that all students
within a classroom can learn effectively,
regardless of differences in ability.
Differentiated instruction is the process
of ensuring that what a student learns,
how he/she learns it, and how the student
demonstrates what he/she has learned is
a match for that student’s readiness level,
interests, and preferred mode of learning.
Differentiation stems from beliefs about
differences among learners, how they learn,
learning preferences and individual interests.
Support Provided by the Language Arts
Arts Specialist is Mrs. Joanne Letwinch.
Mrs. Letwinch provides a variety of support
services to staff and students, including
limited in-class support, teacher training,
small group instruction, and reading assessments
designed to inform teacher instruction.
Mrs. Letwinch can be contacted at email@example.com
or 429-0902, ext. 105.
Intervention Specialist (Mornings
only, Grades K-2)
The Elementary Intervention Specialist
works with small groups of students in
grades K-2 to provide supplemental literacy
support. This can follow an in-class
or out of class support model. Students
typically quality for this support based
on teacher recommendation and are usually
reading below grade level. Program
delivery is usually based upon the following
reading programs: Language Literacy Intervention
(LLI) or SPIRE.
Tatem's part-time Intervention
Specialist is Mrs. Masciangelo (firstname.lastname@example.org
/ 429-0902, ext. 128).
Support Program (ISP)
ISP is a supplemental
instructional program that provides math
and reading support. Classes meet
either before or after school, and instruction
may include technology based programs
like Study Island and Lexia reading support.
This program services regular education
students in grades 2-5 in need of support.
Students gain access to the ISP program
primarily through teacher recommending;
however, parents may also request placement
for their child (limited based on class
space). The program begins in October
and ends in early May.
Intervention and Referral
The J. Fithian Tatem School Intervention
and Referral Services Team
supports the needs of students who are
experiencing some level of difficulty
within the regular education program.
In collaboration with the teacher and
parent, the team recommends intervention
strategies designed to support the needs
of the learner. This intervention
is for regular education students. For
more information, contact your child’s
teacher or Mr. Priolo at 429-0902 /
For an I&RS Brochure, click
Guidance Counseling Services
Tatem’s Guidance Counselor is Mrs.
Batoff. She is available to provide
class and individually based support for
students who may be experiencing challenges
stemming from personal, family, or environmental
factors. Mrs. Batoff is at Tatem
every afternoon, except Wednesdays, from
12 to 3. Please feel free
to contact Mrs. Batoff at
/ 429-0902, ext. 101.
information about these supports, or any
other questions, please do not hesitate
to contact your child’s teacher or the
principal, Mr. Priolo, at 429-0902 /