December 21, 2012
This month, thousands of U.S. troops serving oversees received holiday cards thanks to the efforts of Operation Greeting, a program started by Jamie Turner, a North Georgia resident and operations manager at Ombudsman Educational Services.
Turner started Operation Greeting in 2009, and in just four short years the program reached its goal of sending 10,000 cards to U.S. troops. During the holiday season, students and staff from Educational Services of America (ESA) and its two divisions, Ombudsman and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs created handmade cards to show gratitude and support to servicemen and women who are away from their families during this special time of year.
May 10, 2012
Educational Services of America (ESA) is the winner of the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award, an international award recognizing visionary organizations that use Citrix technology solutions to drive innovation and simplify information technology.
April 13, 2012
Spectrum Center Schools and Programs will host the 2012 STAR Parent Conference and Resource Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Spectrum Center Tara Hills Campus in San Pablo, Calif. Families in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties who have young children on the autism spectrum are invited to attend and learn more about local services, treatment, advocacy and research.
November 21, 2011
Educational Services of America (ESA) has established a federally registered Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review proposed research studies involving ESA schools and programs.
The rigorous IRB review process for research projects conducted in association with ESA and its two strategic service divisions, Ombudsman Educational Services and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, helps ensure all research is conducted in a manner that protects students, teachers, parents and public school district partners.
March 29, 2011
Educational Services of America, the nation’s leading provider of special and alternative education, has been selected to present at the Education Innovation Summit hosted by Arizona State University and NeXt Advisors. The Summit will take place April 5 – 7, 2011, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. Up to 450 invitation-only attendees are expected, including representatives from more than 85 of the world’s most innovative education companies and more than 50 investors.
March 16, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. (March 16, 2011) – Spectrum Center Schools and Programs today announced the release of an innovative workbook for professionals who work with children with delayed communication skills and for parents and caretakers who want to support their child's speech and language development at home.
"Speech in Action: Interactive Activities Combining Speech Language Pathology and Adaptive Physical Education" was written by Spectrum Center faculty members Jim Elliott and Lois Jean Brady, in conjunction with speech pathologist America X. Gonzalez, and illustrated by Spectrum Center student Byron James.
November 17, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2010) – Spectrum Center students hosted Assembly Member Joe Coto (D-San Jose) and guests to celebrate the signing of the “Spectrum Law” (AB 1742), which was initiated by Spectrum students who have special needs and provides all California students who have special needs equal access to technology-based learning materials in the classroom.
October 12, 2010
Spectrum Center students will host Assembly Member Joe Coto (San Jose) and other guests on Tuesday, October 26 to celebrate the signing of the “Spectrum Law,” which provides equal access to technology-based learning materials to students with special needs in nonpublic schools throughout the state. Spectrum students developed the idea for the law and advocated for it during the recent legislative session. The legislation passed the Assembly and the Senate and was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in August. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2011.
September 15, 2010
In the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Brandi Simonsen (University of Connecticut), Lisa Britton and Dale Young (Spectrum Center Schools) explored the use of school-wide positive behavior support in an alternative educational setting for students with severe challenging behaviors. These researchers found that there was some evidence that using the procedures being employed in typical schools to improve the expectations for the school, the staff and the students may have had a positive influence on reports of serious incidents in the school.
August 23, 2010
Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill making it possible for nonpublic schools to include technology-based learning materials in the curriculum for students with special needs.
The bill passed the state Assembly (76-0) and the Senate (34-0) with unanimous bipartisan support. Introduced by Assembly Member Joe Coto (D-San Jose), AB 1742 will expand the kinds of “technology” permitted in the classroom for students with special needs who attend nonpublic schools. Working with Assembly Member Coto, staff and students from Spectrum Center Schools and Programs presented the bill to the California State Legislature to demonstrate their public support for its adoption.