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Often people wonder: Are these programs necessary? Can't they get funding elsewhere? The school below has applied for a local community grant 2 times. They were denied both times not because of the quality of their application but a lack of funds.
I would like to share an update with you regarding why your program would be so beneficial to our kindergarten students and teachers.
As you know, East Silver Spring ES has a very diverse community and a large number of our students are English Language Learners.
ESS is unique in that it is one of the few schools that serve students with moderate disabilities whose home schools are in the Blair Cluster [a cluster are all of the elementary schools that feed into one high school].
Students who are English Language Learners and the students who attend our special education program have difficulty processing oral language and therefore they benefit from a language based, “hands on” curriculum.
Since the time we worked on the grant, three more kindergarten students have or will be registered in our kindergarten special education program. Our program is inclusive, therefore these students are enrolled in the general education classes and receive support from the special education team.
These students need multi-sensory instruction and the strategies that you will share with the teachers will help them adapt the literacy curriculum so the students’ needs are met. The kindergarten team [general education teachers, the special educator, the ESOL teacher and the special education paraeducators] are motivated and excited to learn the “best practices” that you share.
Thank you for continuing to look for ways for this program to be implemented at East Silver Spring ES.
Jean K. Couchman
East Silver Spring Elementary School
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