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Individualized Educational Plan (I.E.P.)

  
  
  
  
  

Individualized Educational Plan (I.E.P.)
Yvonne Beaman, Middle School Division Director

An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) can be a very powerful document for a student who requires special assistance during his/her academic day.  It can be a vital component to a successful education for a student with special needs.  An IEP is a legally binding document that spells out exactly what special services a child should receive and why these services are necessary.

Students who have been found to be eligible for special education services (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, 2004) must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  This document outlines the unique learning needs of the student and specifies what accommodations and modifications are necessary to assist that student to successfully complete his/her public education.

Famous Because of a Learning Difference

  
  
  
  
  
Famous Because of a Learning Difference?
Larissa Trinder, Director of Public Relations

It is no secret these days that many famous people struggled in school due to a learning difference.  This is true, but today I’d like to take it one step further and suggest that, perhaps, these same people are famous because of that learning difference.  It’s easy to think that all famous and successful people somehow have it easier than us “regular folks.” Yet, a closer look reveals that a staggering number of them struggled from a learning difference as children.  Still, when these people left their traditional classroom settings and were able to think in their own beautiful way - “outside the box” – just look what materialized.

Learning Disabilities and Transition: Life after High School

  
  
  
  
  

Learning Disabilities and Transition: Life after High School
Erica Smith-Lleara, Upper School Co-director

 For the kid with learning disabilities or ADHD, just making it to graduation can seem impossible. “Just let him graduate!” parents pray. “Just get me out of school!” the teenager prays. But as we all discover, life after high school brings with it its own set of challenges and difficulties – LD or not. And yet, even though the challenges can be more difficult for the LD or ADHD kid, their life after high school also brings with it new opportunities to find fulfillment and success. The key to achieving this success is a combination of preparation and understanding by all parties involved – the student, the parents, and perhaps most importantly, their mentors and prospective employers.

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