ERIC Number: EJ843763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Reference Count: 4
Beyond Special Education: A New Vision of Academic Support
Mowschenson, Julie Joyal; Weintraub, Robert J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n10 p751-755 Jun 2009
This article describes Brookline High School's new Tutorial Program, an alternative to the more traditional special education learning center. The Tutorial serves students with learning disabilities, replacing conventional special education support with academic guidance from regular classroom teachers. Tutorial students meet daily with a team of two teachers--usually one from the humanities and the other from math/science--in a regular C-block class. Meeting with regular academic teachers allows students to escape the stigma often associated with special education. These students have greater access to the general curriculum, prepare for the state-mandated standardized test required for graduation, and feel more like an integral part of the mainstream school community. Educators' initial sense that too many students were being diagnosed with learning disabilities led to the creation of Brookline's innovative Tutorial Program in 2002. The Tutorial offered an alternative to a system that was stigmatizing too many students and costing too much money. Brookline High School is now better able to address the needs of students defined as special education students by moving them into a mainstream academic support program. At the same time, the program offers teachers a new, inspiring, and reinvigorating means of interacting with students and sharing their love of the subjects they teach. Parents also see the positive effects in their children's intellectual self-confidence and their ability to succeed in mainstream academics.
Descriptors: Tutorial Programs, Learning Disabilities, Standardized Tests, Learning Centers (Classroom), Teachers, Humanities, Special Education, Academic Support Services, High Schools, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Mainstreaming, Academic Achievement, Individualized Education Programs
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