Rydell School to Launch in September: Employing Revolutionary Learning Techniques

New non-profit special education school launches on Long Island.

Long Island, NY, March 05, 2009 --(PR.com)-- An introductory community & parent meeting was announced today for the launch of Rydell School, a private, not-for-profit, special education school for students entering grades 6-9. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the Mid-Island Y / JCC at 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview, NY.

Opening this fall on Long Island, Rydell School plans to forge an ongoing partnership with Hofstra University’s Special Education Department. The school will employ an innovative, educational paradigm called Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is based on the architectural idea of Universal Design, in which buildings are designed to incorporate broad-spectrum solutions that provide access for everyone -- not just those with disabilities. A universally designed curriculum is established from the outset to meet the needs of the greatest number of students -- addressing diversity of learners at the point of curriculum development, rather than as an afterthought or retrofit.

Rydell School will also focus on understanding each child’s unique learning nuances. This will enable educators to unlock students’ potential, empowering them to be more “available” to learn. Children facing academic challenges will be supported by a rich, integrated team including teachers, parents, educational experts and medical professionals. This dynamic, trans-disciplinary approach to learning will be enlisted to maximize students’ potential in school, at home and in the community.

“There is too much emphasis placed on labeling children and not enough emphasis placed on how we can teach them so they truly reach their full potential,” says Dr. Mary McDonald, Assistant Professor, Hofstra University and Educational Consultant to Rydell School. “Most schools consider it the child’s responsibility to conform to the curriculum, when, in reality, we need to adjust the curriculum and our teaching style to fit the individual child.” The School is being founded by Marc & Marla Shapses, who are parents to a child with learning challenges. Their experiences in trying to find a positive school setting for their daughter were the catalyst for their unique vision of Rydell School.

Rydell School will be funded by tuition, as well as personal & corporate contributions. Donations of any size are welcomed and appreciated.

Rydell School
Marc Shapses
(516) 942-0919