TASC (Teachers in Academic Support Centers) is ConVal High School’s flexible intervention block. TASC was created, at Conval Regional High School, in 2010-11 by a year-long interdisciplinary Profession al Learning Community (PLC) and has been a regular part of the school’s instructional day since the fall of 2011.
TASC was developed in response to the essential question: “How can we fit RTI — i.e. opportunities for relearning, extensions and enrichments, as well as mentoring and advising — effectively into the school day?”
TASC answers this challenge by involving teachers, paraprofessionals, specialists, guidance counselors, and administrators and by ensuring that RTI occurs, in a personalized and differentiated manner, every day during regular school hours.
ConVal Regional High School routinely welcomes visitation teams from schools who want to learn about TASC and how the model can be applied to their schools. TASC has been adapted, and adopted, by schools in New England and around the country, some as far away as Georgia, Texas, and California.
TASC has also been a focus of professional learning conferences. Among several other venues, including school and district visits:
- In 2012, ConVal was invited to present the concept of TASC at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Showcase of Model School Programs.
- In 2013, the ConVal model was featured at the Jostens National Learning Conference in Arizona.
- In 2014, a team from ConVal presented about TASC at the MassCUE & M.A.S.S. Technology Conference in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
- In 2015, TASC was the focus of a daylong NEASC Workshop on Personalization in Massachusetts and one of the breakout sessions highlighted at the National Conference on School Climate in Maine.