The resource specialist is a member of the SST and of the IEP. The resource specialist is able to support the classroom teacher in several ways. The classroom teacher may request the resource specialist observe the student in the classroom, or in another school setting. The resource teacher offers feedback from the observation to the classroom teacher.
The resource specialist tests for academic achievement, learning disabilities, and learning strengths and weaknesses. Testing results, shared at the IEP, will suggest what kind of academic support the student needs. Whether the student requires special education, resource assistance, or remains in the regular classroom, the resource specialist can suggest academic and behavioral modifications to help the student manage his behavior and reach his academic potential.