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Can Personalized Learning Defray the Cost of Special Education?

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Investing in Education
It’s not just kids, parents, and teachers who feel the impact of our public schools. If you’re a citizen of Delaware, then you are—in one way or another—affected by our state’s education system. Check back regularly as we take a closer look at how When Students Succeed, We All Win.

 

Special education costs nearly twice as much as regular classroom education, but early intervention can decrease special education costs by 40 percent. Scrapping the one-size-fits-all education system we have today and replacing it with an individualized approach may be just what’s needed to meet every students’ needs and maximize student success.

Special education aims to meet students’ individual needs.

 

In a personalized learning setting, students—including those with disabilities—receive a customized learning experience, can learn at their own pace, and in alignment with their interests, needs, and skills.

 

According to the National Council for Learning and Disabilities, personalized learning offers a way for students with disabilities to get more student-centered attention. They offer five benefits of personalized learning for special education:

 

  1. Increases student engagement and achievement
  2. Encourages a growth mindset
  3. Builds decision-making and self-advocacy skills
  4. Reduces the stigma of special education
  5. Gives students who think differently multiple ways to show what they have learned

 

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How Dropping Out Leads to Lost Economic Potential

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Investing in Education
It’s not just kids, parents, and teachers who feel the impact of our public schools. If you’re a citizen of Delaware, then you are—in one way or another—affected by our state’s education system. Check back regularly as we take a closer look at how When Students Succeed, We All Win.

 

The lost economic potential of high school dropouts is no joke for Delaware’s economy.

Typically, high school dropouts earn $8,000 less annually, compared to high school graduates. In Delaware, high school dropouts are twice as likely as high school graduates and six times as likely as college graduates to live in poverty.

Why are students dropping out?

In a national study published by Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center, students cite the following as some of the most common reasons why they drop out of high school:

  • Missed too many school days (43.5%)
  • Was getting poor grades/failing school (38%)
  • Did not like school (36.6%)
  • Could not keep up with schoolwork (32.1%)
  • Did not feel belonged there (19.9%)

 

How Personalized Learning Can Help

 

  • A personalized setting seeks to prevent these types of issues by addressing the underlying causes of student disengagement and preventing academic gaps from occurring in the first place. Students become the center of the learning environment, and students and teachers work together towards students’ learning goals.

 

  • Addressing students’ individual needs and building on students’ strengths and interests boosts student engagement. This helps prevent absenteeism and increases feelings of belonging and investment in school—ultimately putting students in the driver’s seat.

 

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Rodel Teacher Council Applications Now Live!

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Learn. Build. Lead.

Join the Rodel Teacher Council and shape the future of Delaware education.

Step out of your classroom—without leaving it. Expand your network while informing and inspiring decision-makers at all levels. Learn from, and with, your fellow teachers.

Applications are now live for the 2016-17 Rodel Teacher Council.

Lend your voice and expertise to impact the education conversation in Delaware. This opportunity is open to any current Delaware public school teacher, including special educators, early learning teachers, and teachers in all content areas. We are seeking candidates with at least three years of classroom experience and a commitment to excellence.

The application deadline is Friday, May 27. Applications are available online here.

Contact Rachel Chan for more information. And join one of our upcoming informational webinars, happening on Thursday May 5, Thursday May 19, and Tuesday, May 24.

 

Meet with Policymakers

Learn more about the RTC’s 2016 Legislative Day.

 

Gain a National Network

Impact the conversation at a national level, like RTC member Robyn Howton, a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow.

 

Learn from Experts

Attend local, regional, and national conferences, workshops, and seminars to learn from and network with the best in the business.

 

Change the Landscape

The RTC released its influential Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware in 2014.

 

Share Your Expertise

RTC members develop and lead a teacher workshop each winter for more than 100 practitioners.

 

Showcase Innovation

Watch along with RTC member Lisa Mims and her ‘Mystery Skype’ lesson here.

Learn More About the Rodel Teacher Council

“The Rodel Teacher Council was valuable because it was a chance to have important conversations with teacher colleagues from all different backgrounds, grade levels, and content areas. People might have thought we wouldn’t have a lot in common, but it was a really wonderful way to get out of my classroom and connect with like-minded colleagues and contribute to the larger conversations around education in Delaware.”

– Tricia Dallas, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Red Clay Consolidated School District

 

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