Resource Room Program, K-12
Cresskill's resource room program is a specialized classroom that provides targeted instruction for students who require additional support in their academic learning due to learning disabilities, language-based difficulties, or other challenges. Resource rooms are designed to replace instruction in the mainstream classroom while ensuring that students have access to the same curriculum as their peers.
In a resource room, students receive instruction in a small group setting, allowing for individualized attention and tailored instruction to meet their unique needs. The class size is typically smaller than a regular classroom, with a focus on providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment. The resource room is often staffed with highly trained teachers who have expertise in working with students with diverse learning needs, and they utilize specialized techniques and strategies to address the students' challenges.
One of the key features of a resource room is the use of specialized techniques and strategies that are tailored to the students' specific learning needs. These may include multisensory approaches, explicit instruction in reading, writing, and math, assistive technologies, and other evidence-based practices that are proven to be effective for students with learning disabilities. The instruction is typically differentiated to accommodate the diverse learning profiles of the students in the group, and strategies are implemented to address their individual strengths and weaknesses.
In high school, resource room classes are designed to mirror the mainstream academic progression and fulfill the high school graduation requirements. Students in resource room classes are provided with the same curriculum as their peers in the general education setting, but with adaptations and modifications as needed to accommodate their individual needs. The goal is to help students build the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete their high school education and transition to post-secondary education or the workforce.
In addition to academic instruction, resource rooms may also provide support for students' social and emotional development. Teachers in resource rooms may incorporate social skills training, self-advocacy skills, and other strategies to help students navigate the social dynamics of school and develop positive relationships with peers and teachers.