Digital opportunities for special education are opening up opportunities for students, and allowing them to learn at their best.
In the Learning Emotional and Academic Fundamentals (LEAF) program, students with mental or emotional problems are given an opportunity to improve academic skills in an environment that is better for them than a traditional classroom. They sit at computers, working on basic subjects in interconnected classrooms at Sycamore High School. They can attend for just one class a day if that is what is needed.
Students can use the Apex Learning site, which is an online resource to supplement a subject where they might need extra help or want to learn more.
“We went from one class last year, to first semester this year we had 18, now we have 21 courses [taken at the high school],” said Mark Holstein, special education teacher at Sycamore High School. “I have a student who can’t come to school because of emotional anxiety. I’ve been to his house two or three times now to get him set up in the system.”