Hackettstown School District

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Learning Disability Teacher/Consultant

The LDT/C, along with the school psychologist and social worker, is one of the three members of the Child Study Team.  In order to earn certification, the LDT/C is required to have a minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience.  Each LDT/C has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. The learning consultant (LDT-C) is trained to determine the learning styles of students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student.  This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.

There are currently two LDT/C’s employed in the Hackettstown Public Schools. We are also sometimes referred to as the Learning Consultant
Colleen Dolinsky 
Hackettstown Middle School
908-852-8554 Ext. 233
Kristy Cherneski
Hatchery Hill School
908-852-8550 Ext. 233
What are the responsibilities of the LDT/C
The LDT/C:
  • Provides the educational assessment of individual students as part of the multi-disciplinary Child Study Team (CST) evaluation.
  • May be the CST representative on the Intervention and Referral Service (I & RS).
  • Provides case management services to students
  • Assigned to a student when it is determined that an initial evaluation shall be conducted.  [NJAC 6A:14-3.2(a)]
  • Coordinates the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the IEP.
  • Facilitates communication between home and school
  • Coordinates the annual review and reevaluation process [NJAC 6A:14-3.2(b)]
  • Consults with teachers regarding instruction, instructional strategies, modifications and accommodations, implementation of IEP and specific concerns and issues regarding individual students
  • Assists in providing initial IEP goals
  • Provides in-service training to teachers and parents

 Educational Assessments

 An Educational Assessment includes, but is not limited to

  • Individualized Standardized Testing
  • Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement III
    • Most commonly used nationally normed assessment told
    • Data derived from the assessment assists in determining eligibility and creating an appropriate program
  • Battelle Developmental Inventory II
    • Preschool inventory of skills including
      • Motor
      • Cognitive
      • Personal/ Social
      • Communication
      • Adaptive
      • Functional Assessments
  • Observation in class or non-structured setting
  • Parent interview
  • Teacher interview
  • Student interview
  • Questionnaires

 Recommended Tools to Assist Your Child’s Educational Development and Transition to Post-Secondary Life

  • Audio Books
  • Voice recorders
  • An organizer, i.e. personal calendar or agenda
  • Educational Games, i.e. computer, electronic, board, card, imaginative
  • Typing tutorials
  • Educational websites
  • Spellcheckers
  • Calculators