The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood classrooms to serve as role models for our children with disabilities.
Peer models provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior for children with disabilities while in the classroom setting.
Procedures for applying for the peer model program
The following procedure details the current practice when selecting students for GMSD preschool classrooms. For the 2021-2022 school year, the district will be accepting applications and screening children utilizing the following procedure. Children three to four years old are eligible for application if their parent is a GMSD employee. All other interested Germantown residents are encouraged to apply for their four-year-old children only. Spots will be filled in the following order: employee’s children and then the community four-year-old children. If all of the spots are not filled in the first screening, an additional screening will be held in March for three-year-old children from the community. Screenings will be held one day at Forest Hill Elementary. Please see the screening information in the application. For additional questions or information, please email [email protected].
*Number of classrooms, classroom design, and peers needed are fluid based on annual district and student need.
To apply to be a positive peer model, the following criteria must be met
Children must be a Germantown resident or a child of a GMSD employee
Children must be 4 years of age (or 3 if a child of an employee), but not yet 5 by August 15, 2021. Children who are 5 by August 15, 2021 are eligible for kindergarten and are not appropriate for the early childhood preschool class.
Children must speak clearly and be easily understood in order to model appropriate speech and language. Positive peers model appropriate peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and appropriate language and behavior for children with disabilities while in the classroom setting.
The screening process includes one play-based session.
This session will take place in the Forest Hill Elementary Play-based Classroom. The staff will provide developmentally appropriate activities that will enable the child to show his/her abilities in the following areas: readiness, problem-solving, language, communication, social skills, and motor. All peer models must display age-appropriate skills on the rubric.
All of the rubrics will be totaled and the children who score the highest will be offered a spot. Therefore, some selected students may not be offered a spot at his/her zoned school.
**Number of classrooms, classroom design, and peers needed are fluid based on district need
Screenings will be held:
Where: Forest Hill Elementary Play-based Room
When: March 3, 4, 8, or 9
What time: 9:30-11:30 or 12:30-2:30
Your completed application must be turned in to Felicia Coleman at the Central Office by February 15, 2021. Faxed and scanned applications will be accepted. The fax number is 901-757-6479 and must be sent to the attention of Felicia Coleman or by email to [email protected]