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STEM and Universal Design

One of the most powerful Universal Design principles is that students with disabilities, like those without, benefit from having material presented to them in a variety of ways: aurally, visually, and kinesthetically. Similarly, students do best when given a variety of ways to engage the material, when they have a choice between giving a presentation, building a model, or writing a paper. The prin...
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What’s Next?

In just a few weeks, students across the country will shake hands amid pomp and circumstance and receive their certificates and high school diplomas. At Village Glen, the scene will be no different. Many students have already heard from colleges and universities, from internship programs and job placements what their immediate future holds. But for our population, for students with an ASD, the dec...
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A brief history of STEM

The origins of STEM are rooted in the space race of the 1950’s between the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States. From the launching of the first unmanned satellite in 1957, winning the race for supremacy in space was seen as essential for technological superiority and for national security.  A succession of Presidents, to the present day, has echoed the sentiment. In 2010, President Obama s...
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How do we learn?

A student of the Swiss psychologist, Piaget, Seymour Papert is an MIT mathematician who is the intellectual father of project-based learning. His constructionist view is that individuals learn, and learn best, by interacting with their environment to make things. They learn by doing and from the things that others do, and in this way construct new knowledge. Learning, on this view, is both self-di...
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See the difference!

On April 10th, 2014 the Israeli Defense Force announced that it would continue to recruit individuals on the autism spectrum for a special intelligence unit: http://www.idfblog.com/2014/04/10/autism-idf-meet-soldiers-intelligence-unit-9900/ What a perfect acknowledgement that individuals on the spectrum have the kind of skills necessary to be recruited to an elite intelligence-gathering unit! It ...
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What Village Glen does best!

Why would you send your son or daughter to Village Glen? Why this school rather than any other? Pierre Duhem, the French physicist, once remarked on the difference between the French mind and the English mind, that the French mind was narrow but deep, whereas the English mind was broad but shallow. At Village Glen, we seek to have the best of both—we want students who are broad and deep, students ...
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