Akers Elementary

Ms. Ferguson - Resource Specialist

Hello My Name Is...

Ms. Ferguson

I currently hold the position of Resource Specialist for grades K - 5.  I have been teaching in the Central Union School District as a Resource Specialist for the past 15 years. Prior to coming to CUSD I taught in self contained Special Education classrooms in Sacramento, Oregon and Hawaii.

The Resource Specialist at Akers School Elementary School, along with the Resource instructional aide, works with children identified as needing Special Education help in grades K-5.  Instruction and support is done in the general education classroom, small groups, individually or with the homeroom teacher on a collaboration basis.  Children must be identified as having a learning disability and the need for remediation determined.  The Resource Specialist Program comes under the umbrella of Special Education services.  If a student qualifies for RSP in one district, he or she will automatically transfer into the RSP program in a new school district.

With the help of Senate Bill AB777, the Resource Specialist teacher is able to work with students for a short time who are struggling academically but have not been identified as learning disabled, as long as there is room in the intervention program.  These students are placed in the program after a need is established through the Student Study Team process and parental approval is received.

Our daily schedule, please note, this schedule changes during Benchmark testing, STAR testing, assemblies and/or other school wide activities.

8:00 - 8:10
 Pledge of Allegiance & opening exercises
8:10 - 10:00
 general education classroom

10:00- 10:15
 second chance breakfast
10:15 - 11:45
 general education classroom
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:20
  general education classrooms

A few of the Standards-Based Academic goals we work on are:

Reading/Language Arts

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific choice of words.
  • Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in text.
  • Using sentence and words as context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Make predictions.
  • Identify and interpret figurative language.

Language Arts/Writing

  • Writing and speaking in complete sentences.
  • Spelling grade level words
  • Appropriate grade level capitals and punctuation
  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas.
  • Writing multi-paragraph essays
  • Editing and revising drafts to improve coherence


  • apply and extend previous understanding of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers.
  • solve real world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers
  • find probabilities of compound events using organized lists, table, tree diagrams, and simulation.
  • Know formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems.
  • Adding and subtracting fractions and numbers with decimals.
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