Congratulations to Kate Garcia, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Special Education/Science teacher, for being selected for the 2018-2019 Understood Teacher Fellowship program. Mrs. Garcia is one of approximately 15 educators across the country chosen to participate in the program that will focus on resources related to the 1 in 5 students in America today who struggle with learning and attention issues.
"It's about helping students understand how to organize, be successful in the classroom and use strategies to get that done," said Mrs. Garcia, who co-teaches Applied Biology at PWHS.
The fellowship program will be working to identify, evaluate and create resources for general educators (rather than special educators), because many districts (including Colonial) have moved to inclusion and co-teaching models, where students with special needs are being included and supported alongside their peers in general education classrooms.
"We'll be creating easily accessible resources for teachers across grades and subjects so that students struggling with attention or focus are getting supported the best way possible in every classroom," said Mrs. Garcia. "I like helping other educators, and I'm really excited to be a part of this program."
Mrs. Garcia will help present the group's findings at an event in New York City in June of 2019.