We all want students to succeed in schools and build critical life and social skills that will help them as they become adults.
However, many students in minority communities that have various needs sometimes are not set forth on an educational path that leads them to success. Frequently, these students do not get adequate support services or special education programs they need and are left floundering in school.
Take for example this essay that TIME Magazine ran about Tophs Harris, a young African American child whose parents struggled to navigate his special education needs. We know that not every child or community receives adequate and equal support services and programs when it comes to special education.
With February being Black History Month, now is the time to reflect, honor, and recognize the contributions of Black Americans and understand that there is still so much work to do to ensure that students receive the support services and programs they so rightfully deserve.
That is why I am passionate about the Healthy Relationships Curriculum. Educators, counselors, and school psychologists developed the Healthy Relationships Curriculum, and it is a unique program that teaches students how to navigate everyday life activities. It is specifically designed for students that have various needs, so they have support in the classroom and at home. It uses positive reinforcement methods to help them achieve their goals.
With over 20 years as a special education teacher, I can say that the resources, tools, and materials, that students receive from this program are unparalleled. Educators receive over 140 unique videos and lesson plans, an online portal to bring the material to life outside the classroom, and so much more!
Finally, your school can use American Rescue Plan funds to help cover the purchase of the Healthy Relationships Curriculum. There is a concerted effort taking place right now by school districts to bridge the gaps in special education programs that exist among minority populations. Every student deserves to receive quality special education programs, and our Healthy Relationships Curriculum may just be the program you are searching for.
Jen Falkowski, MEd