We strive for a focus on consideration of the developmental needs of children with any disability, including a foundation of security and stability with opportunities to develop personal endeavors and autonomy, encouragement for creativity, clear limits and expectations for behavior, and one which respects the values and cultural backgrounds of all children involved.
For this reason, we have adopted the Open School program. Open Schooling allows students to work toward their academic goals remotely, at a flexible pace. This way, students are empowered to take control of their education journey.
We know that pedagogical methods should adapt to each student's needs, not the other way around. Parents know their children’s needs better than anyone. Open Schooling allows parents to champion their child’s strengths and interests, while giving them a boost of confidence in areas where learning is a challenge. As a parent, you will not have to be a perfect educator, rather you will hold a supporting role in developing student autonomy, agency and love for learning.
Older students will appreciate the independence this flexible program offers them to pursue their interests. Open Schooling is a viable option for students who desire to get a degree in a vocational field that would otherwise take too long to complete within the traditional school year. In recent years, traditional high schools’ offerings have become less relevant to undergraduate study and the job market, making Open Schooling the more attractive option even for students who can afford traditional high school.
Open Schooling offers adaptable scheduling and a range of instructional approaches. This flexibility and openness eliminates the location barrier, allowing students in remote areas, or students who must work, to also pursue quality education. Remote learning also allows students to learn at their own pace. Children who can not meet the schedule requirements of traditional school must still be given the chance to learn, and the Open School program is making that possible.
Open education may be delivered in various ways. For the best results, we recommend utilizing open educational resources (OER), open, distance, and e-learning techniques, and open educational practices (OEP). For more information on how these techniques work, (where can parents find this info?).
Open Schools in India are governed by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). In 1989, the Indian government formed this body to oversee India's open public schools. NIOS handles exams for the open schooling system at the secondary and higher levels, but even among traditional students, open education is growing in demand because it offers educational freedom, flexibility and autonomy.
At SASE, we believe in delivering equitable access to learning opportunities that enhance the development of confidence, self-advocacy, and independence so that each student, regardless of their diverse strengths and abilities, can achieve their personal goals. Students in our after-school program are encouraged to take an active role in their own development via a multi-disciplinary team effort involving themselves, their families, and a variety of service providers. We are committed to providing the right environment for our children to develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually so they may succeed in their endeavors and enrich their lives.
Our After-School program promotes student autonomy by bringing together students, parents, carers, and other assistance providers. Fostering an accepting environment is essential to supporting students with disabilities. We can enhance our team’s efforts by ensuring that our environment is friendly and inviting, fully inclusive, and recognizes our students’ accomplishments.
Other ways we support your child through a constructive environment:
Our program endeavors for the implementation of total inclusivity, a balance of structure and flexibility, and a curriculum led by your child’s interests. Many activities are adapted with some planning and creativity to be appropriate for children of varying ages and stages of development. Every child develops at their own rate, and moving from one stage to the next takes time. Overarching goals for students will address the promotion of the following:
To this end, we will implement and uphold a behavioral management system that rewards respecting ourselves, our peers, and our learning environment.
A child's unique requirements can be met through individualized support from our highly qualified, trained staff members. Dedicated to best practices, our staff treats children of all abilities with the same kindness and compassion. They are skilled in time management, creating visual materials to enhance communication, and can create innovative and engaging activities that accommodate the needs of every child in our program. We also provide regular training opportunities in accessible communication, inclusive programs, recognizing and addressing discriminatory practices, and using assistive technology and equipment.
Joining our After-School program is a great way to help your kid develop a sense of self-worth and an appetite for understanding the world around them. Our dedicated parents play an essential role in helping their children with disabilities find the qualities and interests that make the After-School program successful. Everyone can be a valuable asset to our program, and we encourage you to contribute your thoughts to the team!