What if every student received an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
Learn4Life has proven to work for a diverse student body
LOS ANGELES, December 07, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Individual Education Plan (IEP) was developed for students with disabilities in the mid-1970s and brings together a team of education specialists who assess the child, their challenges and their learning style, and create a plan to provide the student with the extra help they need to be successful. We know that children don’t learn and absorb subject in the same way, so why can’t every student receive individualized attention? Rather, bored children might be challenged more, while those falling behind might get help catching up.
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John B., a Learn4Life graduate, received personalized support to help him graduate from high school. (Photo: Business Wire)
Learn4Life, a network of public secondary schools, has been providing personalized education for students who have difficulty in a traditional learning environment for more than 20 years. Students can enroll at any time of the year, and teachers and counselors start with an assessment. Together with the student’s parents, they agree on an education plan with the goal of graduating while gaining life skills and vocational training.
One in eight California public school students receives special education. These students are disproportionately African-American and come from low-income households. About 20 percent of students with disabilities are in special classes, while the majority are in regular classes where they may lack appropriate academic support or have difficulty socializing with their peers in a large classroom environment.
“In our schools, since everyone works at their own pace, students do not compare themselves to others. They are empowered by their newfound success and eager to continue learning, ”said Area Superintendent Lindsay Reese. “We have a higher percentage of students with disabilities than traditional schools and have been able to provide all of our students with the same level of attention, even throughout the pandemic. “
Like Destiny L., who battled childhood cancer for many years and had to deal with physical challenges from chemotherapy. In mainstream school, she was bullied when she started wearing hearing aids and glasses. She continued to fall behind despite having an IEP. “Then I found an amazing support system at Learn4Life. Everyone really wants to see me succeed and make sure I have everything I need to do it,” she said. “In a year and a half, I made up my credits and I have grown a lot.”
The next National Inclusive School Week, December 7-11, promotes supportive, quality education to an increasingly diverse student body, including students marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, their language preference and other factors. “We believe that personalized learning can provide a quality education for all types of students,” added Reese. “The traditional one-size-fits-all education model does not serve all students equally. “
For more information on personalized student instruction, visit www.learn4life.org.
Learn4Life is a network of non-profit public schools that provides students with personalized learning, vocational training and life skills. Each school is locally controlled, tuition-free, and gives students the flexibility and individual attention they need to be successful. Serving more than 47,000 students – including full-time and intersessional students – we help them prepare for a future beyond high school. For more information, please visit www.learn4life.org.
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Ann Abajian, Learn4Life