Problem Solving Teams

Within the Faribault Public Schools, problem solving is defined as a process that includes a systematic collection and analysis of data regarding students' behavior or academic difficulties for the purpose of identifying and implementing interventions to remediate identified problems and enable learning. Assessment and analysis activities conducted form the foundation for a planned, systematic set of interventions. These interventions are monitored and evaluated to determine effectiveness.

Problem solving occurs within the school setting at various levels and becomes more complex as the resources needed to resolve a problem increases due to the significance of the problem. The intent of problem solving is to resolve the problem using the necessary resources. The vast majority of problem solving activities occur within the general education system. Often problem solving begins with a teacher and parent communication together about how to support a learning goal for a student. Teams of teachers at each grade level (elementary), or core/department (secondary) meet regularly to support one another in finding solutions for individual student concerns as well as to monitor and adjust instruction for groups of students. Building level teams are available to offer additional expertise as needed for more challenging needs. One outcome of problem solving for a small percentage of students may be referral for a special education entitlement evaluation. Buildings are committed to providing special education services to all children who meet state criteria for disability and demonstrate educational need, though the primary goal of the problem solving process is enabled learning.

Below are forms commonly used by the Faribault Public Schools' Problem Solving Teams.  The Flow Chart and Flow Chart Guide give a visual representation of the process the Problem Solving Team uses to identify problems and enable learning.  The Tier 1 Accommodations Checklist guides teachers to brainstorm some appropriate interventions, and the Elementary Referral Form is the documentation used to gather appropriate information in case a referral to special education is warranted. 

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