In classic westerns, when their trusty steeds reached the end of the line, cowboys would put Ol’ Paint out of its misery with a bullet to the dome. In a bit of poetic symmetry, Beacon College is putting down its venerable dining facility, The Chopping Block — once a country-and-western themed local haunt, not with […]
When students, faculty, and our support professionals departed campus earlier this month for spring break, the College’s paramount responsibility was assuring that everyone without delay returned home safely. Between March 11-13, faculty, learning specialists, and other support practitioners integral to the holistic nature of Beacon’s academic and developmental experience prepared to deliver instruction and services remotely. Our decisions, then and now, squarely focus on ensuring that our students’ progress aligns closely with the learning experience they would have enjoyed had no emergency occurred.
Alexander Morris-Wood, Beacon’s director of transition services and outreach, developed Navigator PREP, the country’s first virtual transition program for learning-disabled students that specifically works on executive functioning, social skills and emotional management. Morris-Wood said he expected to start Navigator PREP with eight students and ended up with 50. The program just keeps growing.
Alexander Morris-Wood, director of transition services and outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. shared his expertise and advice during the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 57th Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Hundreds of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals gathered for the four-day conference, which featured more than 150 sessions focusing on challenges, opportunities and best practices.
As an attorney, Carolyn Jeppsen is used to fighting for justice. Outside the courtroom, she has used her skills as both a litigator and Mama Bear of a child with disabilities to bring the fight to society. Jeppsen for more than 15 years has served on boards of organizations that champion clients with disabilities. Now as CEO and president of BroadFutures, an organization she, Diana Eisenstat, and Brad Holmes co-founded to champion a more inclusive workforce, Jeppsen is making the case for neurodiversity in the workplace, while empowering young people to succeed.
For collegians who struggle with Dick and Jane readers, bolstering their reading skills echoes another famous literary couple, Jack and Jill — as in uphill battle. That struggle led a group of students enrolled in reading strategies classes at Beacon College in December to raise cups of chilly lemonade during the Reading/Writing celebration and offer a “toast for change” to mark their strides up that tortuous hill.
More than 50 educators from 17 states were schooled in the Beacon way during the December session of Beacon College’s Professional Visit Day program. The session attracts high school guidance counselors and other educational professionals who visit the Leesburg, Fla. campus to kick the college’s tires to see whether America’s first accredited baccalaureate program for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences would be a good college choice for the students they serve.
Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin addresses attendees at the Second International Conference on Learning Differences at the University of Sharjah. SHARJAH, UAE — Beacon College President George J. Hagerty joined a Beacon delegation as participants last month for the Second International Conference on Learning Differences at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. […]