Intervention Assistance Team (IAT)
All students experiencing academic and/or behavior difficulties may not have a disability or require special education to meet their individual educational needs. In many cases, modifications to the regular education program will address a student’s particular needs without resorting to evaluations or special education services. The IAT is an informal collaborative process that is designed to help promote students’ success in the regular education classroom. Intervention strategies such as alternative or modified learning instruction and/or behavior management techniques may be developed to:
- improve the student’s academic performance;
- improve the student’s behavior, or
- improve and refine teaching skills so that the classroom teacher is able to teach students with diverse educational needs.
If the approaches offered through the IAT are effective, the student will experience educational success within the general education program. This will eliminate special education as an alternative. If you have concerns about your child, you as a parent have the right to request an Intervention Assistance Team Meeting (IAT).
The team, which consists of school staff including an administrator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, social worker, teacher, etc., can help provide support to a child with social, academic, behavioral, or emotional needs that relate to school. If you would like to request an IAT meeting, please contact the homeroom teacher or Ashlawn Main office and they will direct you to the appropriate contact person.
For more information on the functions, benefits and philosophy of IAT in Arlington Public Schools please click here.