Enrichment and Challenge Support Program coffee summary November 20, 2012
Thanks to Mies Boet, Brookline’s ECS program Coordinator, Debbie Mercer, Runkle’s ECS Resource Teacher, Dr. Vanessa Beauchaine , Jim Stoddard and all the parents that were able to attend the Enrichment and Challenge Support informational coffee 2 weeks ago.
The mission of the Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (ECS) is to “assist and support classroom teachers in providing for those students who show capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual and/or creative achievement”.
Mies Boet explained that each elementary school has a part-time ECS resource teacher who works with classrooms teachers to meet the needs of all of their students. This is done though provision of materials, resources and curriculum support. ECS teachers also assist teachers by working directly with students through in-class groups, whole class instruction, pull-out groups and one-on-one mentoring.
Debbie Mercer is at Runkle Mondays and Tuesdays and her main focus in K-6 but she is also involved at the 7 and 8 grade levels as needed. All teaching is done with the collaboration and support of the class room teacher. More specifically Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes work on a Thinking and Questioning curriculum, Grade 2 & 3 work on Critical and Creative Thinking Skills while 4-8 the emphasis is on providing additional classroom materials and curriculum extensions.
Some of the ECS work is very concrete (i.e., 12 week program instruction to the whole class or small group pull outs) while other work is more subtle or behind the scenes (classroom teacher and ECS teacher working together to provide specific resources to classes or students).
A lively discussion was had about various ways parents could get involved; ranging from showing their support for the program at the administrative level to volunteering in classrooms, running a RASP program or other after school activities.
If you would like more information:
     1) talk to your child’s teacher
     2) visit the town’s website at www.brookline.k12.ma.us (http://www NULL.brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us/)
     3) contact the ECS resource teacher Debbie Mercer debbie_mercer@brookline.k12.ma.us (debbie_mercer null@null brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us)
     4) contact Runke’s parent representatives georgesopel@ hotmail.com (http://hotmail NULL.com/) or trishblais@comcast.net (trishblais null@null comcast NULL.net)
     5) Contact the town Program coordinator: mies_boet@brookline.k12.ma.us (mies_boet null@null brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us)
see Mies’ power point presentation here: Parent Coffee
ECS Town Website (http://www NULL.brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us/index NULL.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=231%3Ateaching-and-learning-enrichment-and-challenge-support-program&catid=135&Itemid=281)
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