Training continues for faculty from Montcalm's Therapeutic Day School, conveniently located on the historic and beautiful Starr Commonwealth campus off of Interstate 94 in Albion, Michigan.
The Montcalm Therapeutic Day School opened in September 2013 and it will be the first Monarch replication school in the United States.
The Michigan team membes Johana Kleinhans, Robert Guise, Ryan Cook and Kelcey Clevenger are in Houston training and are part of The Monarch School's Summer Program. They will take the skills and knowledge they have learned at The Monarch School and apply it at the Montcalm Therapeutic Day School in Michigan.
The Montcalm Therapeutic Day School accepts students, ages
12-28, with autism spectrum disorder or other neurological differences, and provides families across Michigan and the Midwest with the option of non-residential specialized support.
The educational model for the Montcalm Therapeutic Day School will be focused on project-based learning, a learner-centered approach adopted from the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences in Houston, Texas. The Monarch Institute is internationally recognized and has had the program replicated in Guatemala and Mexico.
Students will undergo assessments to determine their personal strength and executive functioning level. Using a developmental Levels System the student's assessment results will determine placement in co-ed classrooms with 10-12 students per classroom.
The team is committed to helping students progress in Four Core Goal areas:
Self-regulation and self-awareness
Academic and professional competence
After training is complete Starr Commonwealth will become the newest member of the Monarch Institute Consortium of Schools that also includes our international replication schools Colegio Monarch in Guatemala and Monarch Therapy School in Mexico City.