Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

School Mainstreaming Contest Winners, 1992

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

School Mainstreaming Contest Winners, 1992

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Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary Croton, New York

The Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School includes children with disabilities in all aspects in school life: students ride the "regular' school bus, spend the bulk of their day in the typical classroom, have a part-time aide and consultant special educator, and therapies have been split up so that part takes place in the classroom milieu. The school also provides caring and dedicated personnel who are committed to making inclusion work.

Croton's school district is moving toward total inclusion for all of its students. This year there were only two self contained classrooms in Carrie E. Tompkins elementary school that were mainstreamed in various subjects. A few special ed children were also included in a regular homeroom and taken out for their individual tutoring. A model is being implemented where there will be a special education teacher assigned to two or three grades to oversee that the needs of children requiring special assistance are being met. The special ed teacher will act in the consultant role to assist the regular teachers in helping these students by creatively meshing the necessary services into the regular curriculum.

"They always highlight Michael's assets and use them so the children view Michael's strengths first before acknowledging the differences," said a student's mother. "The parents of the 'typical' children must also be applauded for accepting our son and passing this on to their children." Contact: Peter Hanly, Dir. of Pupil Personnel, Croton Harmon School District, Gerstein Street, Croton, N.Y. 10520, (914) 271-6675.


The 1991/1992 school year began a two-year program for inclusive education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The goal was to place the children from the segregated setting into a typical Catholic school at both the elementary and high-school level. After a year-long planning process, the plan was put into action. In the spring of 1ggI, the two sites were announced. Approximately 20 children were moved from the main site into their neighborhood schools. The children were then chosen by location, not by ability or parental desire.

The St Anthony Program offers a support staff of one teacher, two full-time aides, a floating instructional group leader, a half-day nurse, a speech therapist twice a week and a counselor. An adaptive physical education teacher and a music therapist both go to the school once a week to help both the teachers and children adjust. A resource room teacher and aide work to ensure the child's acceptance and to help skeptical and wary parents adapt. Each child's individual needs are considered and met in order to have a successful program.

"This year can be summed up in the laughter heard in the halls of Resurrection," wrote Jaret's mother. "The children have learned to laugh with our children -- not arthem."

Contact: Sister Lynn Rettinger, Principal, Resurrection School, 1100 Craedmoor Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15226, (412) 563-4402.


Centennial Elementary School, serving about 650 students, supports 11 children with moderate to severe disabilities in a regular classroom setting. …

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