ILPS - INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLANS
At Bachman, we teach the child first, then the subject.
We develop an ILP (INDEPENDENT LEARNING PLAN) which differs significantly from the IEPs used in public schools.
In many schools, there is a huge emphasis on test scores and content mastery. Student and teachers are evaluated by benchmarking numbers.
However, at Bachman Academy, we have a different intention. Rather than just focusing on memorization of facts and content mastery, we emphasize the INDEPENDENT LEARNING PROCESS.
For every student, we asssess their ability and achievement levels as well as their cognitive and nonverbal challenges. In designing a customized plan for each child, we measure their learning gaps as well as any issues with retention, understanding, working memory, and processing speed.
We also look for their strengths, then design a learning plan that optimizes their potential.
Our staff includes an NILD-CERTIFIED INTERVENTIONIST (National Institute for Learning Development) who works one-on-one with students to help them boost their learning potential. Our learning interventionist guides the students through brain exercises that increase working memory, bridge learning gaps, and improve their academic performance.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we are adding a full-time SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (SLP). Our immediate goals are for additional staff training in APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS, the use of positive reinforcement to bring about meaningful changes in social behavior.
We consider the UNIQUE LEARNING NEEDS for each students and employ assistive technology when appropriate. For example, a student who struggles to comprehend written words but can comprehend and retain spoken words better would benefit from using a text-to-speech device that reads aloud words in a computer-generated voice. Other types of assistive technology may include optical character readers, graphic organizers, online dictionary/thesaurus, dictation devices, touchscreens, abacus tools, tangram puzzles, pencil grips, noise-canceling headphones, etc.
Our instructors use programs such as Visualize/Verbalize and Wilson Reading to increase reading fluency and comprehension.
On Cloud 9 is a program that helps students understand abstract math concepts. We are designing a STEM classroom and currently use a number of math games and activities to help students understand algebraic and geometric concepts.
We offer the Social Competence Intervention Program, which uses drama and role-playing to help students develop effective and appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of challenging situations.
In order to enhance executive functioning skills, everything we do is purposeful, predictable, structured, and consistent. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are integrating the SMARTS (Strategies, Motivation, Awareness, Resiliene, Talents and Success) program, a research-based tool.