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Sojourner Truth MS Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS)


The Sojourner Truth Middle School Intervention and Referral Services Team serves to support the needs of students who are experiencing some level of difficulty within the regular education program. In collaboration with the teacher and parent, the team recommends intervention strategies designed to support the needs of the student.


When might a teacher request an I & RS review?

A teacher routinely differentiates instruction to address a child’s needs in the classroom. The teacher requests services of the I and RS Committee when a particular child continues to have difficulties despite these efforts.


What kind of needs are reviewed by the I &RS?

When a child experiences difficulties that affect his or her academic progress, or has exhibited behavior that interferes with learning, the teacher may request support from I and RS. Student difficulties may include problems responding to written or verbal information, organizing, focusing, and/or completing work without constant teacher intervention.


How does I&RS help a teacher and student?

I&RS supports the teacher and student be developing an intervention plan that may provide alternative strategies, programs, and/or assessments. The interventions are designed to support the student in achieving success within the regular education program.


How are parents informed?

The teacher discusses his or her concerns with the child’s parents prior to requesting an I&RSreview. Following the meeting, the classroom teacher will brief parents about the meeting; parents will also receive a copy of the plan developed during the meeting.


What happens during an I&RS meeting with the teacher?

Following a teacher’s submission of an I&RS request to the principal, the teacher is invited to discuss the problem with the I&RS Committee at a meeting scheduled during the school day. At that time, the teacher describes the student and the challenge. He or she will identify both successful and unsuccessful strategies used, as well as current efforts. Alternative means of intervention and new approaches are suggested. A plan of action is developed specifying the goals, strategies to be used, and the individuals responsible for each action. A time line is established for implementing the plan and assessing its effectiveness.


How is follow-up provided?

The action plan is monitored by the classroom teacher and the I&RS Committee. At a time specified within the plan, the teacher meets with I&RS once again to report on its success. If the child’s needs are not being met by the initial plan, additional interventions may be suggested and modifications made to the plan.


Is this the same as a referral for Special Education?

I&RS recommends actions intended to help resolve the challenge identified to prevent referral to the Child Study Team. If the actions taken and resources used are not adequate and the problem still remains, the child’s needs may suggest referral to the Child Study Team. Parents will participate in the decision as to whether a Child Study Team evaluation will be done.

Who serves on the Sojourner Truth Middle School’s  I & RS Committee?


Committee :

Committee Members
Dr. Monica D. Burton, Principal
Dr. Older Azard, Assistant Principal
Roberta Leveson, School Counselor
Abina Gibson, Social Worker
Setonya Horton, CST Social Worker
James McDaniel, Attendance Officer
Zaniab Abdul-Zahir, Literacy Coach
Jose DelRosario, Math Teacher
Levard Donat, Math Teacher
John Giotta, ELA Teacher
Charles Hobbs, Math Teacher
Lashonda James, ELA Teacher
Carolyn Howard, School Nurse
Carolyn King, School Nurse
Lllian Ogwumike-Eke, Special Education Teacher
Elizabeth Shahade, Math Teacher
Dr. Mirvetk Tonuzi, ELA Teacher
Cherry Waller, Special Education Teacher
Cheryl Willoughby, Math Coach

How can I get additional information about Intervention and Referral Services?

Please contact either your child’s teacher or Monica D. Burton, Principal, 973-266-5665