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Student Learning Services

Student Learning Services (SLS) is a program designed to support classroom accommodations and specialized interventions for students with mild learning differences in Kindergarten-12th grade.  It is the goal of the SLS program to equip our students with the tools for a lifetime of learning, and to partner with families, students, and school staff as we seek to embrace God’s truth about the uniqueness God has placed within each of us. 

Beginning five years ago with one dedicated SLS teacher in the Grammar School, the program has grown to include five teachers, including a Director, serving all areas of the Academy.  This growth is in part due to the funding provided for the Center for Student Learning Services in memory of Karen Cunningham which serves as a unique place for students in our Academy to receive specialized services. Part of those services includes building self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and executive functioning skills through modeling and scaffolding of support.  

All students in the SLS program receive individualized attention and an academic plan.  This annual plan created by the student’s Academic Support Team details the level of support needed and the goals for growth.  The levels of support provided through SLS are Early Intervention, Strategic Intervention, and On Watch Support.

Early Intervention

Proven to be highly effective, Early Intervention can positively change the academic course for a struggling student and build positive social-emotional skills for our youngest learners.   This level of support works very well in our Kindergarten, First, and Second grades and provides for push-in or pull-out support including research-based curricula, multisensory approaches, and small group instruction.

Strategic Intervention

PCA recognizes that some students may need a more in-depth type of intervention.  That is why we offer Strategic Intervention for students in grades 3-12 with a qualifying psycho-educational evaluation.  Research-based accommodations are made within the classroom according to individual needs and strategic support is given using push-in or pull-out small groups.  Students that need more support in the area of reading are given instruction using the Wilson Reading System.

On Watch Support

At this level of support, students in grades K-12 are maintaining their academic load with very little consistent support from SLS.  However, in the background SLS is regularly monitoring grades, projects, assignments, and providing consultation to teachers.  SLS conducts quarterly or monthly check-ins with students. This is suitable for new students transitioning to PCA, students transitioning out of SLS, or students who need support for a temporary cause (i.e. injury, trauma, academic overload). No psychoeducational documentation is required for this level of support.

Steps to SLS

Students are referred to SLS by their grade level teachers based upon assessment data, classroom observations, and parent input.  Once the referral is made, the SLS team performs more assessments and observations to determine the level of need.  After that, an Academic Support Team is formed which includes the parents, classroom teacher, Head of division, and SLS team member to determine the next steps.

Learn more about the specifics of SLS by contacting our department at
sls@providencechristian.com or by phone at 615-904-0902.

SLS Director

Jenni Moffett joined the PCA family this fall as the Student Learning Services Director. She earned her BS degree in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Emphasis from Grand Canyon University, and her Reading Specialist endorsement from MTSU. Mrs. Moffett is also a certified Dyslexic Tutor through the Institute for Multisensory Education.  Before joining the PCA staff, Mrs. Moffett spent nine years directing and teaching in the K-12th grade REACH program at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, TN.  Before that, she taught in a public school in Savannah, TN.  Mrs. Moffett is very passionate about making room in our Christian schools for students who learn differently.  Her goal as Director is to bring school-wide policy, classroom teacher support, self-advocacy for our students in SLS, parent resources, and clear procedures for the SLS Department as we grow in all areas of our Academy. A Tennessee native, Jenni and her husband Tony now live in Murfreesboro, and have two children here at PCA.  She loves to spend time with her family, hiking with the family dog, Mudley, watching University of Michigan football, and traveling.  Mrs. Moffett is so thankful that God has brought her family to PCA to be set apart for His purpose.

Jenni Moffett
Student Learning Services Director
jmoffett@providencechristian.com

Student Learning Services Staff

Dawn Schueler
Grammar School SLS Teacher
dschueler@providencechrisian.com

Dee Willis
Grammar School SLS Teacher
dwillis@providencechrisian.com

Meghan Muchow
Grammar School SLS Teacher
mmuchow@providencechrisian.com

Joshua Paul
Rhetoric School SLS Teacher
jpaul@providencechrisian.com