- Respect for diversity
and human differences
- Best practices
- Continuous improvement
- Open and honest communication
Letter from the Executive Director
ACCEPT’s hallmark is strength through collaboration; sharing expertise and ideas across districts. To maximize the benefit of our shared resources, we engaged in a strategic planning process that benefited from the input of ACCEPT’s many stakeholders. The resulting plan goes deeper than a set of initiatives for growth. We have adopted a strategic mindset focused on three anchors: Building Infrastructure to Support Growth; Communicating the ACCEPT advantage; and Expanding Programs, Specialized Expertise, and Services. Our strategic plan will guide us in creating an adaptive organization that meets the changing needs of students and their families.
The professionals at ACCEPT are ever mindful of our guiding principles and work to ensure an environment of honesty, respect and excellence. With our students at the center of everything we do, we provide high-quality special education programs for students from elementary through high school, with transition programs for students up to 22 years of age.
Our teachers and specialists are hired for their hearts and for their minds, coming together to do something very important. They are all compassionate, highly-skilled and experienced professionals in their areas of expertise.
It’s a great feeling for all of us at ACCEPT to see the look of joy and pride on the faces of parents who have seen their child succeed, in challenges both large and small. These kinds of moments remind me of what a special organization we are. All of our students are unique individuals with their own potential ready to be unlocked. Ongoing communication and collaboration between parents and our professionals is an essential part of every student’s success. I’m proud of our students and grateful to be part of their success.
Great teachers are what really make the difference. Learning and sharing helps every professional improve his and her effectiveness. We train educators throughout the region, offering a broad range of professional development opportunities including workshops, courses for college credit, and on-line learning opportunities.
We help school districts actualize and improve their services for unique learners. We transport over 500 students with disabilities safely to over 125 locations every day. ACCEPT prides itself on its core partnering principle of responsiveness to the pressing needs of our member school districts. We understand the work districts are doing is critical and important and cannot wait. It takes energy, focus, commitment and skill from everyone involved.
All of us at ACCEPT, parents, educators and school districts are partners, intimately involved in the success of our students. One team working together so all unique learners can receive an education maximizing their personal potential; skilled, supportive and passionate people helping our students get the education they deserve.
On the wall of my office is a framed writing assignment of one of our students. It says “the happiest day of my life was when I found out that I could stay at the ACCEPT Academy.” It’s my reminder of why we are doing what we do. Our students love and appreciate being part of ACCEPT, and I pledge to all of you that ACCEPT will strive continuously to improve the learning experience of all our unique learners in an environment of respect and excellence.
Marcia J. Berkowitz, Ed.M, M.Ed.