Peer Role Models

POSITIVE PEER ROLE MODEL PROGRAM

The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood classrooms to serve as positive  role models for our students with disabilities.

Peer Model students 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 2020/21 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 over two days. Please see 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, 2020.   Children who are 5 by August 15, 2020 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.
    • Children must attend both days of the screening.

 

SCREENING PROCESS

The first session will take place at a preschool with a group of peers that have applied and the current students. The staff will provide developmentally appropriate activities that will enable the child to show his/her abilities in the following areas: readiness/problem solving and motor. All peer models must display age appropriate skills on the rubric.
The second session will take place in the preschool classroom. The staff will provide play based opportunities that will enable the child to show his/her ability to communicate and interact with the students with disabilities as well as the classroom staff. The communication and social emotional/prevocational rubric will be scored.

All of the rubrics from both screening sites will be totaled and the children who score the highest will be offered a slot.   Therefore, some selected students may not be offered a spot at his/her zoned school.

Screenings will be held:
Where: Preschool Classroom

When: March 12th and March 13th

What time: 9:30-11:30

Additional details will be shared with you about the date and time.
The first session will take place at a preschool with a group of peers that have applied and the current students. The staff will provide developmentally appropriate activities that will enable the child to show his/her abilities in the following areas: readiness/problem solving and motor. All peer models must display age appropriate skills on the rubric.
The second session will take place in the preschool classroom. The staff will provide play based opportunities that will enable the child to show his/her ability to communicate and interact with the students with disabilities as well as the classroom staff. The communication and social emotional/prevocational rubric will be scored.

All of the rubrics from both screening sites will be totaled and the children who score the highest will be offered a slot.   Therefore, some selected students may not be offered a spot at his/her zoned school.

Screenings will be held:
Where: Preschool Classroom

When: March 12th and March 13th

What time: 9:30-11:30

Additional details will be shared with you about the date and time.





SCREENING DATES

Your completed application must be turned in to Felicia Coleman at the Central Office by Friday March 6, 2020 Faxed and scanned applications will be accepted. The fax number is 901-752-6479 with Attention to Felicia Coleman or by [email protected].
 
Where: Preschool Classes
When: March 12th and 13th
What time: 9:30-11:30
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
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