Thailand Professors to Visit RMHS
Professors to Visit RMHS Special Education Programs
The prince of Thailand recently directed education professors to go to America and learn best practices for educating special education students.
At his request, 35 professors will visit Rocky Mountain High School from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 30, to observe students with special needs attending classes. The professors will visit in collaboration with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). PSD leaders, Dr. Jerry Wilson, superintendent, Kevin Hahn, asst. superintendent of school services, and Laura Richardson, director of integrated services, will be on hand to meet with them.
“They will observe special education students attending classes, working in our student-run restaurant, the Lobo Bistro, and running the student store,” explained Kim Nigro, RMHS, ACE Coordinator.
Special education students staff the restaurant and store to earn credits in a class called Transitions I, which teaches students job skills that can be used after graduation. Students design advertising, balance accounts for all money raised from sales, order supplies, and pay salaries. They also track inventory, sales and total profits from sales.
“About 10% of the general student population has special needs, so we need to provide hands on learning opportunities at school as well as internships with businesses which prepare students to be contributing community members.” Nigro added. “We approach it as a business and study what it takes to succeed.”
For more information, contact Nigro at 443-3692.