Naeemah Abdus-Salam

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After spending 42 years of my life as either a student or an educator in both public and private schools, I have come to the understanding that neither public or private suppors the needs of the student. Classrooms around the country are not built on instructional models that are student centered nor inclusive of all learning styles and needs. 

While doing my PHD in Special Education, I researched why marginalized students were overrepresented in special education. My finding had me question,  "Do I want to be a part of a system that is designed for students to fail and not be given opportunities?".

I had an ethical dilemma; do I stay and be a part of this unjust system or get out and try to do what is best for students?

My  instructional models are designed to serve all students. Too often our schooling system had instructional models that target specific learners. These learners make up a small portion of the classroom and this is not how to bring results. 

This self reflection brought me to develop and design a program that would serve all students. Students will be given a voice and will be heard. Students will be given choices that will encourage them to explore, discover, challenge and think.  

Instructional models are built with multiple means of engagement and around the needs of the student. The classroom environment is supportive not competitive. Every student is important and every student belongs! 

Pete the Cat
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