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By NATE HANSON and ZACHARY DINGMANN, District 518

What is Targeted Services? Targeted Services is an after- school/summer program that assists students in being better students and citizens. Kindergarten- through eighth-grade services include academic tutoring and social skills development. Students gain valuable learning time with licensed teachers and are exposed to different learning possibilities. The program is free of charge and includes transportation, as well as a snack for both after school and summer school sessions.

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Who qualifies for Targeted Services? Children can be referred to Targeted Services by teachers, parents or community service providers. Targeted Services is a prevention program intended to address the needs of young learners before successful graduation is at risk. Learners must meet the state-established criteria listed below to qualify for services. (Minnesota Statute 124D.68)

* Consistently fails or struggles with classes

* Has more hands-on learning style

* Demonstrates low motivation, easily frustrated, sudden drop in grades, absenteeism etc.

* Appears to be isolated from other pupils

* Has family issues

* Speaks English as a Second Language

* Homeless

* Has been assessed as chemically dependent

* Is a perpetual victim of other pupils

* Is below one or more grade levels in achievement

* Is overwhelmed in classes in large numbers

* Is clearly discouraged to the point of having little hope for being successful in school or in our society

When does Targeted Services meet? Prairie Elementary: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday — 3:15 4:50 p.m. Middle School: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday — 2:45 to 4:40 p.m.

What kinds of things will my child work on at Targeted Services? Student activities will depend on each student’s individual need. A Continual Learning Plan (CLP) will be written for each child, outlining the specific needs to be addressed. The Targeted Services teacher will work with the child’s classroom teacher to develop the CLP. Goals in the CLP could include help finishing assignments, assistance in reading, math or writing, developing organizational skills and teaching of social skills. Direct instruction by staff will be supplemented by educational computer programs which meet the student’s needs.

Nate Hanson is Targeted Services Coordinator for District 518. Zachary Dingmann is Prairie Elementary’s Targeted Services Coordinator.

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