(T Class at the 2016 ASHAR Color Run)
Directed by Mrs.Jennah Schuh
Vision: To meet the academic needs of students in a small contained learning environment while providing social and emotional experiences in a larger school setting.
- Jewish children should be given opportunities to learn Torah, read Hebrew, daven, and understand Torah concepts and values within the regular school based on their abilities.
- Students should be able to learn at their own pace with targeted instruction addressing their individual needs.
- Using a whole child approach to education, students should grow academically, when their social, emotional and physical needs are being addressed.
Mission: To use a multitude of research based programs and approaches to address the academic needs of a small group of students, while planning and goal setting for short term and long term transitions into mainstream education.
- The program takes place in an ASHAR classroom located in the mainstream classroom corridor.
- Our students are ASHAR students with access to district busing and other school based policies and procedures.
- The program is taught by Mrs. Esther Waldman, an experienced special education classroom teacher and aided by Mrs. Cheryl Klein.
- Additional staff is provided by East Ramapo teachers and therapists when applicable according to students’ IEPs.
- ASHAR staff is available for special school wide programs.
- Mrs. Schuh oversees the program’s staff, schedule, curriculum and individual student progress.
- Orton Gilliham based approaches to reading including (but not limited to) the Wilson Program, the LIPs program, Fundations and PAF (Preventing Academic Failure).
- Writing using Handwriting Without Tears, Sentence Building (Jerry Morris Approach), journal writing and inventive spelling.
- Math incorporates elements of Making Math Real and Engage NY with hands-on and concept building activities.
- Aleph Bais introduction, solidification and practice building upon kriah fluency and accuracy.
- A love, understanding and appreciation for Torah through weekly Parsha, Yom Tov and Halacha instruction.
- The program provides instruction in all areas of the curriculum based on students’ strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the lesson, activity and situation, students are taught as a whole group, working independently or one-on-one to accommodate varying ages and developmental abilities.
- Mrs. Waldman, with the support of Mrs. Schuh and ASHAR administration, transitions students into mainstream classrooms based on each student’s strengths and the classroom agenda, i.e. gym, lunch, recess, art, and music.