Teacher in Residence
The International Teacher-in-Residence grant is a philanthropic award presented bi-annually to a professional from a country where training in the use of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is limited. This program furthers The Bridge School's mission of disseminating effective teaching and communication strategies to the global community by providing training and promoting skill development to an individual who is committed to disseminating what they have learned during their year-long residency when they return to their home country. We seek candidates who possess the appropriate education and background to serve children in special education settings, or to train teachers/therapists to work in these environments. The specialty training opportunity at The Bridge School enables the individual to return to their country and promote the use of AAC for children/adults who are currently being underserved.
The residency is presented in collaboration with the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). ISAAC is an international nonprofit organization made up of professionals, families, manufacturers, researchers and consumers, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for people with complex communication needs. It does this through research, education, networking, and information dissemination.
Teachers in Residence at Work
Madhumita Dasgupta, our Teacher in Residence from Kolkata, India, just had an article published in the Department of School Education and Literacy (SE&L) national bi-annual newsletter. SE&L is implementing Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a program to universalize elementary education for all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years, and one of the components of this program is Inclusive Education. Madhumita focused heavily on successful strategies for inclusion during her residency at The Bridge School and is a strong advocate for inclusive education for all children. Her article, Empowering Children with Cerebral Palsy through Assistive Technology, presents two cases studies of children using assistive technology to facilitate inclusion in Kolkata.