An additional and extremely significant way that IA's will help address the academic impact of lost instructional time and respond to the academic needs of all students is the role that they will play during the Re-Teach and Enrich (R and E) period of time built into the master calendar at both school sites. R and E is a dedicated block of time that occurs daily for 50 minutes at Altar Valley Middle School and 60 minutes at Robles Elementary School. During this time, students are re-grouped into small cohorts who receive targeted instruction or enrichment based on their specific academic needs. In order for R and E to be effective, the groups of students need to be small, which means more instructional staff members are essential. With the addition of the IA's plus the Exceptional Student Services (ESS) staff plus the Special Area teachers, there are now many more staff members available to take a group of students. For example, the third grade team will be able to divide 50 students among two teachers, their IA, and an ESS teacher. In this scenario, each staff member will have 12-13 students in their R and E class. This small instructor-to-student ratio will enable each staff member to tailor their instruction to meet the specific needs of their group of students.
The IA's will also respond to the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students. The nearly constant presence of the IA in the classroom will allow him/her to build relationships with the grade level teachers and students, which will create a positive classroom culture and productive teaching and learning environment. Also, many of the IA's will conduct tutoring sessions or sponsor academic enrichment clubs before or after school, which will strengthen their relationships with students and provide students with a fun and safe place to be during out-of-school time.
The counselors will provide teacher with weekly SEL lesson plans and materials that teachers will deliver to their students; counseldors will also work with small groups of students and work with students independently as needed. The counseldors will also participate in and facilitate PD for staff members on different topics will also provide P.D. to classroom teachers and IAs tnsure