Raising Expectations and Aspirations of all Children (REACH)
The District 103 enrichment model, Raising Expectations and Aspirations of all Children (REACH), is a three-tiered model that is designed to provide unique learning experiences for all students and flexible learning opportunities to meet the academic needs of our high ability students. Enrichment specialists work with classroom teachers to deepen and extend the grade level curriculum objectives based on student needs. Differentiation is an integral component of this model. Differentiated instruction is a framework for effective teaching that provides students with varied content, process, and ways to demonstrate understanding.
Three Tiers of Services
Tier I provides differentiated learning and curricular enrichment experiences for all students. This tier includes experiences that enhance the grade level curriculum through critical/creative thinking and problem-solving opportunities within a variety of inquiries, investigations, and presentations.
Tier II provides extension experiences for those students whose academic needs exceed Tier I. Teachers and enrichment specialists use formal and informal assessments, as well as classroom observations, to determine appropriate opportunities for student participation in Tier II learning activities.
Tier III serves students whose needs exceed Tier I and Tier II. Typically 3-5% of the student population participates in Tier III activities. These students exhibit high levels of ability, creativity, and task commitment in school activities based on multiple assessment data points. Extensions are designed to accommodate student needs. Curriculum modifications are designed to advance the academic development of students demonstrating a particular talent, ability or potential in specific subject areas.
The REACH Process
In the fall and spring, teachers from different grade levels collaborate and discuss students’ learning needs. Together, they review assessment data and share classroom observations pertaining to each student. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure continuity in a student’s learning program across grade levels. In addition, teachers meet regularly to review student achievement and to make adjustments to their academic program to meet each child’s appropriate challenge level. Enrichment specialists are involved in these conversations and collaborate with teachers to provide curriculum enrichment activities for all students (Tier I), differentiation ideas for students who need additional challenge (Tier II) and curriculum modification or replacement for students whose needs exceed the general curriculum expectation (Tier III).