Coordination of Services
COORDINATION OF SERVICES
Seneca’s coordination of services team (COST) is a multi-disciplinary team made up of school leaders, service providers, general education teachers, and support staff and is responsible for the coordination of intervention services.
School-Wide Systems of Intervention
COST is responsible for regularly reviewing school-wide data including academic, behavioral and/or social emotional screeners and progress assessments and using results to inform decisions around intervention services and caseloads. In addition, the team may identify thematic areas of need around which they will develop a school-wide approach.
Sample Topics for School-Wide Intervention:
- Incidents of community crisis or change
- Students at risk for retention
- Next-grade transition
Individual Student Intervention
In addition, COST receives, reviews, and responds to individual student referrals made by teachers. After a student is identified as needing additional support, Seneca’s COST schedules a meeting with teachers and staff who work with the student to review student strengths and challenges. During the meeting, the teacher presents information on the referred student, and the team asks questions and suggests possible interventions. The team then commits to action steps, which are reviewed in a follow-up meeting the following week. This begins the eight-week cycle highlighted by the green boxes in the process diagram to the right. At the end of the eight-week cycle, COST reviews student progress to determine whether the student is ready to step down to a lower level of service or whether their service should continue with equal or greater intensity.
Individual Student Discussion Protocol:
- 10 min—Teacher presents the student referred: gives background, strengths and why the student was referred
- 15 min—Team asks questions of the teacher and discuss possible interventions
- 5 min—Members commit to “actions” and hold each other accountable for follow up in subsequent meetings
COST team members hold regular office hours as an opportunity for teachers and school staff to engage in additional collaboration around students of concern.
Teachers and school staff can attend office hours to:
- Get help filling out a COST form
- Obtain support in identifying in-class interventions for a student they serve
- Get help with an urgent situation
- Check-in on the completion of implementation steps
- Review progress monitoring data
- Celebrate student success!
THE COST PROCESS