General Information & Services for Faculty
As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Seattle Preparatory School is deeply committed to creating a supportive, inclusive academic environment as part of our larger mission. We seek to ensure that our students have full and equal access to our educational and co-curricular programs and facilities. Seattle Preparatory faculty and staff will be called upon to provide reasonable accommodations and equal access to learning for students with disabilities.
SERVICES FOR FACULTY
- Faculty members are provided with a Student Accommodations Plan (Sample Accommodation Plan) for each student in your class with a documented learning difference. The plan details the specific learning diagnosis, strengths, difficulties, and accommodations required.
- LRC staff will administer and proctor exams for students with testing accommodations.
- Notes written by students in your class will be posted to the network for access by any student needing them.
- Consultation services regarding implementation of Student Accommodations plans.
Other services may be available upon request.
ACCOMMODATIONS & CONFIDENTIALITY
Faculty serve a critical role to providing the accommodations outlined in the Student Accommodation plans. It is your professional responsibility to read these plans and implement accommodations. Accommodations and support services should be provided to afford students with the maximum possible privacy.
FACULTY ROLE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCOMMODATIONS
1. Read the Student Accommodation Plan
2. Meet with students and encourage self advocacy
3. Provide accommodations (see below)
4. Use best classroom practices Best Practices for Teaching & Learning.doc
A teacher is notified via email by an LRC staff person if a student has requested a test accommodation for a particular exam. The teachers may provide the accommodation themselves or choose to have the LRC administer. If the LRC is to administer, the teacher must submit a copy of the exam and any administration guidelines to the LRC prior to the test date and time. Exams are placed in the teacher’s box at the end of the school day.
NOTE TAKING ACCOMMODATIONS:
At the beginning of the semester, the LRC asks teachers to provide the names of students in your classes that have good attendance, good handwriting, and a good command of the subject matter. The LRC then asks these students to be peer note takers for the class. The notes are submitted weekly, converted to digital documents and made available to any student on the “P” drive in a folder titled “LRC Peer Notes.”
At the beginning of the semester, each teacher is notified via email of any student needing preferential seating in the classroom. Most times this means placing the student in a sit near the center of instruction and away from obvious distractions, i.e. doors, windows, etc.
Students who choose to complete self-advocacy training will be required to meet with all their teachers individually to conduct “5 minute meetings.” These meetings are intended to assist the student by helping them articulate what their diagnosis is, how it impacts them, and what they need from their teacher. Teachers are asked to meet with the student, give the student feedback on how well they conducted themselves during the meeting, and ask questions that will help to clarify the students learning needs.
Faculty should refer any student who becomes a focus of concern to the appropriate counselor. The counselor will make the referral to the LRC if warranted.