“Astounding. Incredible. Superstar!” That’s how parents and educators are describing the new, improved Elementary Intervention Paraeducator (EIP) program, which is launching this semester. The EIP is funded by money raised through the community-wide One East campaign the Foundation organized last summer.
Or, as Wealthy Elementary School Principal Carlye Allen puts it, “I feel like a kid in a candy store being able to give all these students support that we were never able to provide before. It’s awesome and so good for students and teachers.”
Thanks to One East donors, the Foundation is helping EGRPS bring back paraeducator support to our teachers, but in a new and improved delivery model. The restructured EIP model will benefit students even more because it is focused solely on direct student instruction rather than general classroom support. Whereas the old model only supported kindergarten and first grade, the new model serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade.
The program provides one Intervention Paraeducator (IP) at each building every day. These IPs will provide evidence-based math and literacy interventions to specifically identified students in grades K-5. Training for the IP’s covers several programs--including Units of Study Reading and Writing and Touch Math--that were funded by previous Foundation grants.
The new EIP program will provide math and literacy interventions to as many as 192 students per day across all three elementary schools. “These are 192 students that previously we may not have been able to service with targeted, evidence-based math and literacy interventions,” says EGRPS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jenny Fee. “Everyone is excited about this new and improved model of support.”