SESI Behavior Expert Featured in K-12 Dive; Discusses Bringing Joy to the Classroom

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 [...]

SESI Behavior Expert Featured in K-12 Dive; Discusses Bringing Joy to the Classroom2021-12-29T10:19:10-05:00

SESI Alumnus and Student Mentor Discusses Personal Journey in Chalkbeat Essay

Raynard Gillespie, an alumnus and program mentor at Excel Academy of Englewood in Chicago, wrote a personal essay featured in Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization reporting on education across America. Raynard shares his journey of dropping out of school in ninth grade and then returning to high school at age 19 and graduating from Excel Academy. "At this new school, the teachers and staff didn’t give up on me and always pushed me to improve. If my classmates or I got a C, they helped us work toward a B, and then toward an A. Having someone in my corner [...]

SESI Alumnus and Student Mentor Discusses Personal Journey in Chalkbeat Essay2021-11-10T17:07:32-05:00

SESI Behavior Expert Featured in K-12 Dive; Discusses Remote Learning

A major shift in learning occurred in 2020, when educators had to rethink the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) of students with special needs. 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 struggles - and silver linings - of digital special education. "Early in the pandemic, many schools tried to move what they were doing in-person to a remote format and had this been just a short-term solution, it would have worked," said Myers. She added, "the pandemic dragged on and educators [...]

SESI Behavior Expert Featured in K-12 Dive; Discusses Remote Learning2021-06-30T09:57:59-04:00

Rolling Out the Red Carpet at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale

FOX 10's Arizona Morning show and NBC's 12 News covered a spectacular prom held at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale last week. Lenora King, the school's program director, said "We're in the midst of a pandemic, and we wanted to make sure our kids still have that prom experience. She added, "It gives us joy to do it every year, and to have the girls and the boys dress up and have that experience that they typically wouldn't get at a private day school." Complete with a red carpet, balloon arch, full banquet and plenty of dancing, more than 25 students went [...]

Rolling Out the Red Carpet at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale2021-06-30T09:57:56-04:00

High Road Schools Featured on Better Connecticut

Better Connecticut, a program on WFSB Channel 3, interviewed Gary Hunt, SESI’s Regional Vice President, New England about High Road Schools of Connecticut in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) operates 10 programs throughout Connecticut. Hunt says that High Road Schools, in helping students to thrive, “it’s about looking individually at every kid…our teachers have done such an amazing job of doing that.” He noted that High Road Schools have a maximum of 10 students per classroom – and oftentimes the student-to-teacher ratio is 1:5, with a teacher and a paraprofessional in each classroom. “Our schools are [...]

High Road Schools Featured on Better Connecticut2021-06-30T09:57:56-04:00

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Honors Graham Academy Students for World Autism Month

Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown and his staff were enthusiastic about increasing public awareness of people with autism - and providing students at The Graham Academy with a special day to remember. Two students were named honorary firefighters Friday, April 23, as part of Autism Awareness Day in the city. Another student, remained at City Hall where he was honorary mayor. The mayor presented the students with proclamations and sashes imprinted with their job titles for the day. The City of Wilkes-Barre partnered with The Graham Academy, King’s College and Wilkes University for its inaugural Light It Up Blue campaign. City [...]

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Honors Graham Academy Students for World Autism Month2021-04-27T13:45:38-04:00

Special Education Teachers at Graham Academy Featured, Share Pandemic Experiences

Two special education teachers at Graham Academy were featured on FOX 56 WOLF. Both Olivia Caraballo and Amanda Beck graduated from Wilkes University last spring. Not only did they walk into a new classroom and profession, but they found themselves in an entirely new world when coronavirus hit. The Graham Academy is a special education school that focuses on elementary students with autism and behavioral challenges. "Special Ed is already so different than what you would do in a normal classroom, so it's really adapting to what they need and also keeping them safe," Caraballo said. "It is difficult with this [...]

Special Education Teachers at Graham Academy Featured, Share Pandemic Experiences2021-03-09T20:16:47-05:00

High Road School of Nashville Reopens, Featured on WKRN

High Road School of Nashville was featured on WKRN about the phased reopening schools in The Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) system. On a virtual learning model since Thanksgiving break, the school reopened for in-person instruction on Thursday, February 4. Education Director Gentry Campbell shared her excitement about students’ return, saying “I love them being in school and I miss them being in school!” She added, “It has been challenging for our kids and they have deficits in math and reading and then to be in a virtual setting where they don’t get the one to one help from the [...]

High Road School of Nashville Reopens, Featured on WKRN2021-02-04T21:31:44-05:00

New Sierra School in San Bernandino Market Provides Needed Community Resource for Students with Special Needs

School Marks Eighth California SESI Location COLTON, Calif., Jan 04, 2021 —  Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting, today announced the opening of the Sierra School of East Valley (1325 E. Cooley Drive, 2nd Floor, Colton, CA). The new school marks the eighth Sierra School location serving districts across California. Due to COVID-19, classes at the Sierra School began today with a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning, adhering to strict safety protocols and monitoring [...]

New Sierra School in San Bernandino Market Provides Needed Community Resource for Students with Special Needs2021-01-04T23:59:09-05:00

Sierra School of San Diego Explains Why They May Be A Good Fit For Your Special Needs Child

Sierra School of San Diego (formerly Sierra Academy & Springall Academy) provides an intensive, structured, individualized special education program aimed at strengthening each student’s academic and organizational skills, social and emotional abilities, sense of responsibility, job skills, and self-esteem. Sierra School of San Diego’s goal is to get its students to the point where they can successfully reenter “mainstream” schools and the community. All students are encouraged, nurtured, respected, and supported in achieving their full potential in an enriching, positive environment. "The students really excel in our community-oriented programming. The team works very hard to build confidence and competence in [...]

Sierra School of San Diego Explains Why They May Be A Good Fit For Your Special Needs Child2022-01-18T00:27:14-05:00