The Monarch Institute aims to provide global leadership in innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences—such as those associated with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury and seizure disorders.
Expand therapeutic services, including neurologic music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and DIR® therapy for children on the autism spectrum—within an objective-based levels system.
Adding a second classroom building and an administration building will allow the Novice/Apprentice and Challenger/Voyager levels to operate out of the buildings that were originally architecturally designed for them. The new buildings will free up therapy spaces in the Chrysalis Building—which includes six additional observation rooms, a large neurologic music therapy room and two speech/language/OT/DIR® therapy rooms.
Increase student enrollment.
The Board of Trustee's analysis of growth includes an increase of approximately 15-20 students each year over the next few years. This is a conservative, fiscally responsible estimate, and it is possible that enrollment could grow faster. Gradual growth will allow school leaders the necessary time and resources to hire and train highly qualified faculty members—and help us assess each prospective student's needs to determine if the appropriate program components are in place.
Increase the number of students we serve through The Monarch Institute’s summer educational program.
Adding a second classroom building and an administrative building will allow us to have more space to serve students during our summer program.
Expand graduate-level internships and fellowships in psychology, therapeutic services, social work, education and pediatric medical residency training.
We train interns and fellows from the University of Texas Medical School–Houston, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, University of St. Thomas, Our Lady of the Lake University and Texas Women’s University. Our goal is to increase the annual number of internships and fellowships once we expand into the Butterfly Building and Monarch Center.
Increase the number of professional presentations we offer to national and international mental health and educational associations.
Increasing the size of our professional faculty will give us more opportunities to offer training that is based on The Monarch Institute model. Currently, our faculty presents at several national conferences—including the Autism Society of America, National Attention Deficit Disorder Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America, International Conference for Teaching and Learning, and the Council for Exceptional Children. In 2010, we trained nearly 1,500 teachers at 40 different workshops and impacted 150,000 students. Over the next few years, we intend to triple these results—training 4,500 teachers at 120 different workshops and impacting nearly 500,000.
Replicate The Monarch Institute model in cities around the United States and the world.
We completed replication at the Colegio Monarch Guatemala in 2007, and a team from Mexico City, headed by child psychologist JenniKate Estavillo Galswothy, will train with us on campus for an entire school year—with the goal of opening their own Monarch School in Mexico City in the fall of 2012. Over the next few years, our goal is to double the number of teams we train.
Advance our research initiatives to support, improve and disseminate The Monarch Institute methodology.
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