Laura Garcia

BS, Wheelock College. MPA, New York University. MS Ed. Pace University.  An educator for over 20 years and a principal of small progressive public schools in New York City for over 12 years, she is currently Principal of the Ella Baker School located in the Julia Richman Educational Complex in Manhattan where children come from all five boroughs and represent ethnic, racial, and socio-economic diversity.  She has served as the Supervisor of Special Education for a cluster of New York City high schools, and was instrumental in creating innovative models for special education supporting children and their teachers throughout schools in New York City. SLC, 2011–

Course Information

Current graduate courses

Children With Special Needs

Fall

All children in early childhood settings and the elementary grades have strengths and weaknesses. All children have areas in which they excel and areas in which they feel insecure. All children have times when academic learning is difficult for them while, at the same time, all children have the capacity to learn. Understanding the individual differences of an entire class of students is a challenge; and in order to meet the needs of our students, we must observe their differences and individual patterns of behavior.

This course will explore the concepts of inclusion, special needs diagnostic categories, designing curriculum that is responsive to children, differentiating curriculum to support skill development, keeping in mind that each child is unique.  The goals of the course are to integrate our perspectives of children’s individual needs while planning classroom inquiry; to explore ways of working with parents of children who require special support; to understand how to access support and feedback for children that require additional assistance; to consider implications for teaching in an inclusive classroom and school.

Faculty

Previous courses

Children With Special Needs - Graduate

All children in early childhood settings and the elementary grades have strengths and weaknesses. All children have areas in which they excel and areas in which they feel insecure. All children have times when academic learning is difficult for them while, at the same time, all children have the capacity to learn. Understanding the individual differences of an entire class of students is a challenge; and in order to meet the needs of our students, we must observe their differences and individual patterns of behavior.

This course will explore the concepts of inclusion, special needs diagnostic categories, designing curriculum that is responsive to children, differentiating curriculum to support skill development, keeping in mind that each child is unique.  The goals of the course are to integrate our perspectives of children’s individual needs while planning classroom inquiry; to explore ways of working with parents of children who require special support; to understand how to access support and feedback for children that require additional assistance; to consider implications for teaching in an inclusive classroom and school.

Faculty