The challenge, then, is to provide essential elements that define and differentiate the proposed Pennsylvania ESAP model from prior models. In an informal review of elementary programs throughout the Commonwealth, teams appeared to be dealing with three major types of concerns: A) Academic B) Behavior C) Caring Concerns (At- risk).
Critical elements that are included in the ESAP program include a process that starts with an initial request for assistance through follow-up and support of the student. Woven throughout this process are two important elements: parental involvement and the use of developmentally appropriate strategies. These elements and components are important to the success of the implementation of ESAP in the school.