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Resource and Intervention Team

Resource Team

The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) is a program to help children who qualify for special education services. The program is designed to give support to children with learning disabilities and give them strategies to help them be successful in their education. RSP provides small group instruction to help students meet their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals in the areas of reading, writing, and math.


Intervention Team

Primary Intervention:

Reading and math intervention provides direct instruction to students identified as eligible for services in a small group setting.  I work to identify  student needs and guide instruction toward student achievement of grade level content standards.


5th/6th Grade:

Deborah Christie has been at Valencia School for 26 years, primarily teaching 5th and 6th grade. This year she is working in three different capacities.  Her day begins with a group of fifteen 5th grade readers/writers from 8:30 to 9:35.  Her first four units of study included the historical background of immigration in the United States, followed by people who make a difference with a focus on Cesar Chavez and his contributions.  The third area of study included the writing of the U.S. Constitution and currently her students are reading short stories by author Gary Soto, and the book is called, Baseball in April.  Students are learning how to discover characters' personalities and relationships with one another.

From 9:50 to 11:05 Ms. Christie continues working with seventeen fifth graders and the focus has been on understanding the value of numbers (place value), basic computation of whole numbers and decimals and the class is currently moving on to learning about fractions.  

From 11:05 to 11:45 a group of nineteen 6th graders come to Ms. Christie for math instruction; working with the distributive property, fractions, long division, and other basic computational skills.  At 11:45, she begins a writing support class for a smaller 6th grade group of about twelve students.  That lasts until 12:25.  

In the afternoons starting at 1:00, Ms. Christie teaches writing to two separate 6th grade classes for 35-40 minutes each class.  The initial unit of study was the personal narrative story form.  The current course is informational writing; the topic to practice the skills of this genre of writing was how plastics are affecting marine life in our world's oceans.  Each unit of study lasts approximately 6 weeks.