A New Approach to Learning
The philosophy of The Sonder Academy is to provide each student with an individualized program designed to meet the student’s needs as an exceptional learner in accordance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The goal is to enable each student to utilize the potential that he/she possesses to become a well-adjusted contributing member of society. We believe that each student, regardless of exceptionality, is entitled to this opportunity in the least restrictive environment.
The Sonder Academy staff will utilize a variety of methods, strategies, and resources to motivate our students. To enhance the program, teachers and teacher assistants are involved in ongoing education regarding teaching innovations, educational research and teacher effectiveness. Our credentialed teachers are continually being trained in scientifically-proven instructional strategies. Progress monitoring is being implemented in math and language arts areas to ensure that students make appropriate progress. It is essential to work closely with parents to provide cooperative support between the home and school which will enable to student to achieve success.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
(Source: Autism Speaks)
Core curriculum includes:
The 2018-19 teaching staff of The Sonder Academy exceeds the minimum requirements of “Teacher” defined by the FDOE. Our staff education levels are as follows:
Master of Arts Education, Administration
Master of Arts Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Doctoral Candidate: Educational Leadership
Master of Arts, Teaching
Master of Science in Profound & Complex Learning Disabilities
Master of Arts, Education
Master of Science with Concentration in Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
Bachelor Degree with 10+ years of special education experience.