Additional El Centro, CA, article:
Most schools grapple with how to best
meet the many needs that a diverse learning
population presents. Though no two students
are ever exactly alike in learning style and ability,
solutions must be found that work across the
spectrum of students. One tremendous benefit
of the exploratory, student-driven approach to
STEM used in Pitsco’s labs is that the curriculum
is effective for a wide range of learners.
It is not uncommon in schools for special
needs students to experience a wholly different
track than the rest of the student population.
However, the Missions lab at Washington
Elementary in El Centro, California, challenges
El Centro’s Senior Director of Educational
Services Linda Morse explains, “Our special
education students are mainstreamed into the
classroom in the lab. They participate and they
don’t stand out. . . . They are just as excited and
engaged as any other students.”
This point was driven home recently when a
board member visited the lab at Washington.
He watched the students working in groups
at their individual stations. The board member
didn’t realize until later, when he was told, that
he had witnessed a group of special education
students in the lab.
Truly, STEM is for all students.