A SEIT is a teaching specialist who travels to different schools and homes, and helps children who have behavioral, social/emotional, speech, language, or developmental issues integrate successfully into the classroom. Maybe a child is getting physical with other kids, or he’s not sharing. Maybe she’s just very, very shy; she doesn’t interact with other kids.
SEITs can be hired by the Board of Education, or by parents directly. A SEIT has a master’s degree in special education, psychology, social work, or counseling. A good SEIT works on social-emotional skills and drawing out language, or changing bad habits that aren’t working for a child, helping develop positive ones so that after a couple weeks, he can say, “Wow, I can ask for a block, or I can ask for more space, and I made my first friend in preschool, and I’m not the monster that other kids think I am.” By the time they’re 4 or 5, the kid might be completely fine.
The recommendation to bring in a SEIT usually comes from the director of a school or a therapist who’s been working with the child. The child may have a diagnosis of a psychiatric or learning disorder, or be on his way to getting a diagnosis.
Special education teacher support services (SETSS) are specially designed and/or supplemental instruction provided by a special education teacher. These services help your child stay in the general education classroom while receiving services from a special education teacher. The special education teacher may work directly with your child to support participation in a general education classroom and provide direct specially designed and/or supplemental instruction to your child. This may include adapting the content being taught or using different instructional methods such as visual aids, highlighted work sheets and simplified directions (this is called “direct” instruction). The special education teacher may also work with your child’s general education teacher to adjust the learning environment and/or modify and adapt instructional techniques and methods to meet your child’s individual needs (this is called “indirect” instruction). SETSS may be provided in the general education classroom, or in a separate location outside of the general education classroom or in any combination of general education classroom and a separate location; When SETSS are provided in a group, the group may not include more than eight students; SETSS maybe provided for as few as three hours a week and as much as 50% of each day; Your child’s IEP must state the number of periods a week that the services will be provided, whether those services will be
provided directly with your child or indirectly with his or her general education teacher and where the services will be provided.
Pre-HSE & HSE Services
The UYI of the Bronx will be working with educational partners to provide comprehensive adult education and instructional support to assist those individuals looking to pass the TASC examination and earn their high school equivalence (HSE) credentials.
Below you will find a description of what the TASC is and what it entails:
New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014.
There are five tests in the TASC™ test Battery:
The UYI of the Bronx will help students to achieve proficiency to take and pass the TASC examination, putting them on the pathway to earn their HSE credential.
The UYI of the Bronx is working to expand our Early Intervention program to provide substantive in-home therapeutic services. The UYI employs a team of behaviorists to provide a wide-range of EI supports. However, we are not yet able to offer these services to the public directly. We are able to connect those seeking services to our current early intervention partners.
The UYI of the Bronx is a NYCDOE vendor that is available to provide all NYC schools, including charters and parochial schools, with a comprehensive and robust after-school STEM program. Some of our offerings include FIRST LEGO League teams and DIY build-off clubs, and Pi5NY math competition clubs.
The UYI of the Bronx has been a leader in providing in-school athletic programming for NYC public schools. NYC charter schools already participate in a league operated by one of UYI's citywide partners. If your school will like to offer a comprehensive after-school (or in some instances, before-school) program that includes sports, please reach out to our team