Coordinator, Molloy Education Center
Project ABLE (Academic, Behavior, Learning, Excellence) provides academic and social skills instruction to students. Project ABLE provides an emotionally supportive environment within the context of high behavioral expectations with the goal of facilitating a studentís ability to successfully function within the school environment.
Project ABLE services students' between kindergarten and 8th grade and is located within the Molloy Education Center.
Classrooms within Project ABLE provide a highly structured, small group instructional environment for students. Students participate in an academic, research-based curriculum with an emphasis on reading and math instruction. Each student has an individualized behavior intervention plan (BIP) that is monitored throughout the school day. A comprehensive and individualized reinforcement system is used to monitor the students' behavioral progress. Social skills instruction is provided throughout the day through individual and group counseling and instruction.
All IEP goals are developed in a collaborative model. A multidisciplinary team develops goals, instructional strategies, behavior intervention plans, and accommodations that can be utilized across settings with special education classroom staff, general education staff, parents and within the community.
NTDSE embraces the use of technology on a daily basis to enhance the curriculum and IEP goal instruction.
General Education Integration
The goal of Project ABLE is to facilitate the studentís participation in the general education setting. Project ABLE and the home school staff begin to develop plans to transition a student to the home school. Integration is done in small, incremental steps in order to allow the student to receive maximum support as s/he begins to participate in the home school environment. Regular communication between the home school staff, Project ABLE staff, students and parents ensure that the student has a successful integration process.
NTDSE provides a variety of professional development to help families begin to plan for post-secondary life. Individualized transition planning begins at the IEP when a child is 14.