RSP stands for the resource specialist program, which is a type of education plan designed for children with certain limited learning disabilities. The RSP is designed for children who can generally tackle mainstream classroom learning environments except when it comes to certain trouble areas such as mathematics or language. The RSP is usually implemented in public high schools and middle schools, and are mandated by law.
RSP. To become a teacher for RSP, special training is required. Credits in special education are required to head the resource specialist program, since the teacher will be dealing with students who have needs that are different from others. Part of the work that the RSP teachers have is to assess the learning disabilities in children, as well as to create goals to help the students learn. The RSP teacher will need to work hand in hand with the regular classroom teacher in assessing how the child can be helped, such as by pulling out the student during specific hours of the day or during subjects that the student is encountering difficulties in.
Special education. The pull-outs that the RSP teacher may facilitate usually have to take into consideration both the student’s personal concerns as well as his long term learning potential. For example, during pull-outs the student may miss on some subjects that he can excel in. however, the pull-outs are usually designed to help the student comprehend basic skills that will help him in the long run. In pull-outs, the students are usually selected according to need, which means that students from various grade levels may be grouped into one special education class.
Mainstreaming. One of the over-all goals of RSP is to help students enter mainstream classrooms. Through the early implementation of special education, the students should be equipped with enough comprehension to join the rest of the class in the long run. Sometimes, students from special education classes are introduced into mainstream classes with the help of RSP teachers to guide the students with the previous learning disabilities.
Individual Education Plan. Another task that the RSP must do is to create individual education plans that are designed for particular students. While mainstream classes usually have a general orientation designed for most children, the RSP teachers must create specific class curriculums for smaller groups of students, and sometimes, for individual students.
Dynamic. The most important feature of RSP teaching is the need to be dynamic and able to change to meet the needs of the students. The RSP teacher should also be able to determine what courses of action will be more advantageous for the students. For example, students who are far behind in certain courses in school will benefit from pull-outs, while some students who are only lagging a bit will probably benefit more if the RSP simply coordinated with the regular classroom teacher to incorporate certain other teaching styles in the classroom.
In terms of school organization, the RSP may be integrated with the special education department, or may stand as a lone department especially in larger schools.