Monday, January 30, 2012

Serving Students with Special Needs [Video]

People should understand the resources and commitment required to provide for our special needs students, which is why I think special education is one of the most important topics we cover on Classroom Close-up, NJ.

The first segment in this week's episode is a story we produced about the OXE (Outdoor Experiential Education) program at Cape May County Special Services School District. OXE provides students with innovative educational opportunities through a variety of outdoor and indoor activities in the community. The curriculum emphasizes the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, problem solving skills, and recreation skills.

The other story (which starts at about 19:20) is a brilliant segment by my colleague, Kate Megargee, about the Piscataway Regional Day School for students with severe disabilities. It features Middlesex County Teacher of the Year, Terri Thompson, and is at the same time informative, touching, and political, bringing attention to the state testing requirements for New Jersey's special student population.

You can catch an encore of this week's episode, Saturday, February 4 at 5:30 a.m. on NJTV as well as on on Sunday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. Where to watch.