Walker Partnerships Ecological Assessment is an inclusive approach to the gathering of information and formulating recommendations to help a school district plan interventions for a student experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. It is an opportunity to emphasize both the strengths and challenges that a student encounters while interacting in various domains of their lives. A thoughtful process of exploring the transactions that occur between a student and his or her environments at school, home, and in the community may offer school personnel and families an opportunity to consider alternative meanings associated with concerning behaviors. It is important to note that the observations and interviews are not designed to examine deficits, but to allow the assessor to highlight what is working well and where more supports may be needed. The process includes the following:
The process generally takes 15 hours, including on-site time report development and transportation.