Education Specialists

ACA supports its students by offering educational resources, an assigned Education Specialist, and access to a team of licensed or registered staff. 

Parents and their children work with their Education Specialist (ES) to determine each student’s unique learning style, create individualized educational goals and objectives, and select a curriculum that will support the personalized learning plan.  The ES meets with the student weekly and documents the student’s progress in a monthly record.

The ES Provides Professional Support

The most important role of the ES is to offer guidance to the parents regarding an appropriate course of study to enable the student to meet the educational standards for each grade level, as well as the overall graduation requirements.  The ES documents the student’s progress in a monthly learning record.  The ES provides support for the student’s academic journey by: ​

  • Completing the required paperwork and documentation for each student.
  • Advising and offering guidance to both parents and students regarding academic issues.
  • Facilitating the ordering of materials and monitoring material check-out and check-in.
  • Conducting research about resources a family may need.
  • Evaluating student progress toward his/her goals and objectives.
  • Communicating with families concerning school policies and procedures.
  • Making assignments and evaluating student progress.
  • Administering state and district testing.
  • Completing progress reports for high school students using Gradelink, ACA’s online gradebook program.

The ES Creates Monthly Learning Records

The ES is responsible for compiling required documentation of the student’s progress on a weekly basis, including verifying that work is aligned to the State Standards and the completed work is equal to, and representative of, the required instructional hours for a particular student’s grade level.​  A typed, monthly learning record includes corresponding work samples, attendance, state standards met, curriculum materials used, method of instructional delivery, and assessments.

The ES Facilitates Weekly Meetings

Time spent with the student and parent during face-to-face meetings provides an opportunity for the student and parent to ask questions and for the ES to share different teaching strategies, suggest activities and resources with educational value, offer support and encouragement, give help with assignments, review work samples, and assess the student’s progress in meeting state standards.  During the meeting, it is expected that each ES will view work completed during that learning period and interview the student to ascertain/verify learning for that period. ​The ES may read examples of the student’s work, listen to the student’s explanation of a concept learned, or watch while a student demonstrates an activity.

The ES schedules one hour a week for an ES/student meeting.  For some students, meetings are broken up into two half-hour meetings during the week. If the child is ill or there is an emergency, the meeting may be made up on the second week of the following month. One week of the month is reserved for the ES Professional Learning Communities (PLC) week.  ESes contact their families during that week, but it may be done by email, phone, or on-site class visit.  All other weeks include face-to-face meetings.  At least one meeting during the year must be an in-home visit, which allow the ES to gain a more holistic view of the student and family.  After each meeting, the ES records the day, meeting time, and location of the meeting in our online gradebook program, Synergy.