Eileen Bramer began as a school aide at Long Island City’s P.S. 111 in 1986. Back then, support staff weren't primarily involved in teaching. Three decades years later, Bramer is still technically an assistant, but she's now on the front lines of her school's efforts to improve reading instruction.
Also, mark your calendars. On Oct. 22, we're collaborating with our friends at THE CITY to hold a pop-up edition of The Open Newsroom at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch to discuss how parents and caregivers navigate the city’s schools special education system. This event is part of our larger project with THE CITY looking into services available to families of special education students in public schools.
If you’re a parent, a caregiver or work with students with learning differences or special education needs, RSVP here to join us. Also we have a question for you: As a parent or caregiver of a student with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning differences, what are the biggest challenges, needs and headaches you’ve experienced? Tell us here.
—Alex Zimmerman, reporter