Lower Hudson Regional Partnership Center Reporter Articles


Supporting English Language Learners Through Language Objectives

By John Boniello, Bilingual Special Education Specialist
February 2015
What is a “language objective”? In Explicitly Designed Instruction for English Learners (2013, pp. 69-70), Hollingsworth and Ybarra describe language objectives as statements of how the teacher will intentionally advance the use of the English language during the lesson and further s...

Middle-Skilled Jobs: An Underutilized Postsecondary Pathway

By Stephanie Wozniak, RSE-TASC Transition Specialist
January 2015
“College and Career Ready” has become a familiar phrase. Our goal is to prepare students for their futures so that, ideally, students exiting high school have appropriate future plans and possess the knowledge and skills to achieve them. However, when planning for life after high scho...

Improving All Students’ Mental Health Outcomes: Start with Why & Remember Learning to Ride a Bike

By Andrew J. Ecker, Special Education School Improvement Specialist
December 2014
I knew my purpose for learning to ride a bike and it was so compelling that I was going to do whatever it took to get there. Long before reading Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2011) or watching his “Golden Circle” TED Talk (thir...

The Elephant and the Rider: Engaging in Challenging Change

By Martha Trujillo-Torp, EdD, Special Education School Improvement Specialist
November 2014
Whether it’s change in our personal or professional lives, true lasting change is difficult. Why is it so difficult? According to Chip and Dan Heath (2010) in Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, the main hindrance is that our brains have two independent systems that are al...
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