The expectations placed upon teachers and schools have changed fundamentally in recent years. New accountability legislation in the United States, and rising demand for workforce readiness in the face of increasing global competition among nations, has transformed the definition of quality teaching in education.
Meeting the learning needs of every student, especially those on the autism spectrum, can only occur if teachers know a lot about how each and every student is doing. So, the prerequisite for success in this environment is information: about how students are doing with respect to the lesson plan, how their progress differs from expected outcomes, and about how to intervene with each individual student to address gaps in learning. At any given moment, a teacher should have at his or her fingertips information about past, current, and expected student learning results, with details down to each sub-element of each lesson plan for each and every student.
The only way to meet these new demands is to assure that teachers are trained in effective intervention techniques to deliver individualized, personalized instruction, informed by up-to-date information about student learning. Teachers must have, at their fingertips, detailed information about past, current, and expected student learning results, as well as “just in time” information from formative assessments about student progress with respect to the lesson plan and performance targets.
Study after study shows that the biggest determiner of student success is the teacher. Our teachers represent the best of the best. At Academy of Whole Learning, all of our teacher are dually certified with their general education teaching license, so they have the knowledge of the core content areas, and with their special education license, so they understand the importance of personalized education paths and know how to implement them. Several of our teachers have an additional certification with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) license or a Developmental and Cognitive Disability (DCD) license. This combination of teaching licenses is exceptional, as are our teachers.