Academic consultation involves working with school staff on enhancing the academic achievement of students. Through an interactive process with educational staff, goals meaningful to the staff and school system are developed and addressed. The overarching framework is based on an improvement and enhancement of staff competence as a route to both organizational change and individual student outcomes.

The goal of academic consultation is to improve instructional management strategies, as well as the match between the skills of the student and the task, so that the student can engage successfully with the material. As a consultee-centered consultation model, the focus is on building teacher knowledge and skills, thus providing an opportunity to introduce evidence-based interventions to the teacher through a collaborative process and to support teachers in their use through coaching and ongoing engagement.