This past week I traveled to Albany to attend the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) conference. More than a hundred special education administrators from all over the state attended.
I was thrilled to travel to the conference for two main reasons. First, as all of us know, the last fourteen months have been incredibly difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, working from our living room or dining room became the new normal. Our daily routines changed, we had to limit our in-person interactions, and things like vacations and birthday parties were put on hold. All of this was of course done in an effort to protect one another and combat the COVID-19 virus. However, now that there is light at the end of the tunnel and our country has rounded a corner, traveling to Albany was a particularly enjoyable experience. It was nice to just be with people again and in an environment where everyone was excited about the future. And second, this conference was specifically designed for administrators of special educators. These are individuals who have extensive experience working as special education teachers or in the special education space. They frequently work as the special education director for a school district and ensure that teachers and students receive the resources and tools they need.
Towards that end, I was particularly excited to meet the special education administrators who attended this conference and tell them about our Healthy Relationships Curriculum. This curriculum is a highly adaptable program that teaches critical life and social skills that many special education students do not receive in a traditional classroom setting.
During my conversations with many of the special education administrators I met, I repeatedly heard from them that yes, while the last year was difficult for their students and teachers, the need to pivot and have educational curriculums that could be taught in adaptable and flexible environments was never so great.
That is why I am so passionate about our program. It is able to be taught in a variety of educational modalities including in-person, virtual, and hybrid models. Throughout the pandemic, I was witness to the countless schools, special education teachers, and students our program was able to help. Many special education teachers told us that if it wasn’t for our program helping them to teach critical life and social skills to their students—like how to wear a face mask and wash one’s hands—they don’t know how they would have been able to support their students.
When a school or special education teacher purchases our Healthy Relationships Curriculum, here is what they receive:
- myHRC Online Portal
- Unlimited Student & Family Access Points
- Visual Cue Cards & Visual Checklist
- Outcome Tools
- Over 120 Videos (Available in English and Spanish)
- 39 ready-to-use Lesson Plans
- Parent Guide for Success & Home Supplements:
- Role Plays, Demonstrations, and Life-Skills Activities
- Interactive “Check for Understanding
- Comprehensive Professional Development
- Ongoing Consultation with our team of experts
If you are a special education teacher or administrator, look at our website to learn how your students can benefit from the program.
And don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more or would like to invite us to attend your conference.
Looking forward to hearing from you!