Prior to attending one of the High Road Schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), Raiden experienced many difficulties in school. Along with academic issues, Raiden was dealing with unrelenting bullying that affected his emotional well-being and behavior. “Daily life was a struggle,” said Raiden’s mom, Rachel, recalling Raiden’s morning temper tantrums and afternoon meltdowns about his day. Rachel hoped for any positive change or development when she enrolled Raiden at High Road School of Southern York. What she witnessed far exceeded her expectations. “Where do I even start?” Rachel said. “[High Road School’s] intervention has been an amazing change [...]
Ms. Marshall’s class participated in a social-emotional learning (SEL) activity as part of their weekly group therapy. The class did an amazing job identifying the parts of a healthy relationship. Every student contributed by sharing out their ideas with the class! A student in the class, Jamani, said of the activity “it’s important to know good relationships so you can grow.” Well said, Jamani! Learn more about High Road School today!
K-12 Dive, a publication that gives insight into impactful news and trends shaping K-12 education, featured SESI's Diane Myers, SVP of Behavior in an article highlighting the importance of infusing joy into learning, especially with all the unique challenges students and teachers are facing during the pandemic. Educators are also reminding themselves of why they entered the teaching profession and why they want to stay committed to this work, even when it's difficult, said Diane Myers, senior vice president of special education-behavior at Specialized Education Services, Inc., a company that partners with school systems across the country to provide expanded academic, social [...]
Sierra School of San Joaquin celebrates opening their doors with an open house before the winter break! The classrooms looked beautiful & the staff enjoyed hosting a fun evening! Learn more about our school today.
Liston has been with Sierra Lower School of Sacramento for nearly 2 years and we are proud to say today (12/17/21) will be his last. Over the past 2 years, Liston has shown great improvements in his social, coping, and overall behavior management skills. Due to Liston's hard work, he will be returning to his home school and back into general education classes. We will miss him, but wish him nothing but future success. Learn more about our school today.
As we say goodbye to our students for winter break, we wanted to make sure they did not leave empty handed and received a little holiday treat from us. Learn more about our school today.
The students and staff at the High Road Schools of Illinois wish you a merry and bright holiday season! The ten schools throughout Illinois enjoyed celebrating the holidays together. Discover some of the highlights in the photo gallery below.
This post by Diane Myers, Ph.D. was originally published in District Administration in October 2021. When circumstances change rapidly, people often find solace in what’s familiar. Like adults, students are more productive and comfortable in predictable environments. All educators can help create a more predictable environment by establishing specific, positively stated behavioral expectations that communicate how to be successful across all routines students encounter during the school day. Let’s look at five key strategies for establishing behavioral expectations: Select Behavioral Expectations. Begin by choosing three to five broad expectations (e.g., “Be Safe,” “Be Responsible,” “Be Respectful,” or “Careful,” “Accountable,” “Kind,” “Engaged”). [...]