How does TAPP work?
TAPP builds partnerships between parents and teachers to help solve children's behavioral and academic challenges. TAPP’s individualized approach uses a problem-solving and decision-making process to build on student strengths, create a plan for success and monitor outcomes. Using this research-based model, a consultant works with parents and teachers to address student needs.
TAPP provides teachers and parents a process for:
- Identifying and prioritizing a student’s learning and behavioral needs
- Selecting goals and strategies to be used cooperatively at home and school
- Implementing a joint plan at home and school
- Evaluating the plan and monitoring the student’s progress
TAPP is characterized by:
- Trust. To actively include families in the educational decision-making process, teachers must trust families, and families in turn must trust teachers and take an active role in supporting their child’s learning and development.
- Two-way communication. Establishing effective communication allows both sides to understand the other’s needs and goals. It provides parents with an understanding of the teacher’s expectations, while providing teachers with important knowledge about the family’s background.
- Perspective taking. Considering a child’s education from different vantage points leads to more available information, better decision-making and improved outcomes.
- Clear roles. Parents are knowledgeable about rules and routines at home, while teachers are knowledgeable about classroom expectations. Other contributors, including consultants or counselors, may add expertise regarding assessment, intervention and problem solving.
- Collaboration and cooperation. Partners build common ground to determine mutual priorities and adjust plans for maximum success.
- Shared responsibility. Parents and teachers share responsibility for solving problems at home and school. They communicate clear goals, strategies and expectations to students and work toward the same outcomes.