Our Approach

The Edison School is an incredible learning environment for children who have different learning styles. Our mission is to educate the whole child so that they will become autonomous human beings who do not allow the world to dictate to them how they will develop but instead, enhance the world with their strengths. We provide an academic curriculum that meets them at their present level of competency. We utilize a multi-sensory learning environment that compliments differentiated instruction in the classroom. We equip our students with the skills necessary to be successful in life. Our culture of acceptance begins when your child walks through our doors.

We believe that for every learning weakness a child may have, there is a compounded strength. There is too much emphasis placed on what children with learning differences can’t do as opposed to what they can do. A positive self image begins with helping them create personal successes and reinforcing them to not be afraid to take healthy risks. Many great ideas were spawned by incidents that occurred from the results of taking a healthy risk. If children feel comfortable enough to take appropriate chances when trying to figure out the correct answer to a question the rewards for success and having them move beyond their learning differences increase tremendously.

At The Edison School, everyone is the inventor of their own success!

What Makes The Edison School’s Program So Effective?

Adapted Curriculum
The Edison School offers a traditional curriculum adapted for delivery to individuals with a wide variety of learning styles. Our customized delivery insures student mastery of the curriculum. This makes college and other post-secondary education a very real possibility.

Multi-Sensory Instruction
Multisensory instruction uses the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning pathways simultaneously to enhance memory and learning. It is essential to allow students to connect what they see (visual) with what they hear (auditory), and feel (kinesthetic) to create meaning in language learning. 

Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated instruction involves providing students with different avenues to acquire content; by processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to develop teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability. Many of the emotional or social difficulties students experience disappear when their educational climates are adapted to their level and pace of learning. Differentiation in education also includes how a student demonstrates mastery of a concept. This could be through a research paper, role play, podcast, diagram, poster, etc. The key to differentiation is finding how students learn and display their learning that meets their specific needs.

Culture of Acceptance
Children are rewarded for their ability to comply in a traditional learning environment. Those who cannot are not supported. That’s why one of the most important components of our approach is the supportive atmosphere we create for our students. We call it the “Culture of Acceptance.” Students are encouraged to learn in a safe environment where they are free from criticism for being different from others in their learning styles. Instead of expecting students to conform to a particular style of learning, our approach meets children where they are, accepts them as they are, leverages their innate, often hidden learning strengths and empowers them to take risks in the classroom environment. More learning, less fear and higher performance are the inevitable results.

For more information please contact us at 615-431-5637 or email: rebeckahdopp@gmail.com