Four decades ago, PTACH changed how schools educate students with learning differences.
Four decades later, PTACH still leads the way.
PTACH graduates are parents, healthcare workers, business owners
Innovative. Effective. Student-centered.
At PTACH, we believe that every child has a right to learn. All students can succeed and should be provided with the opportunity to do so within a regular mainstream setting.
Our mission is to provide the best possible Jewish and secular education to students who have been disenfranchised because of learning differences. To help realize this goal, PTACH has established specialized classes and resource centers in conjunction with yeshivas and Jewish day schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. PTACH utilizes on-the-ground research to discover how children learn, implementing best practices. These model programs are then used as prototypes for others to observe, study, and duplicate. From one class of thirteen, PTACH has grown to serve.
What do we mean when we talk about taking a holistic approach to education?
At PTACH, we understand that a child has many needs. Students who enter our program generally do so on the basis of identified learning differences resulting from speech/language or reading challenges. We provide them with personalized, one-on-one support with qualified educators trained in the most effective learning techniques and specialized materials. Our methodologies are all evidenced-based, utilizing the latest research and technology. But we don’t stop there.
Our program seeks to ensure that a student doesn’t just improve in a subject area. In addition to academic skills, such as reading, our instructors help students implement habits that will help them throughout life. These habits, such as good organization, give students confidence as they see improvements in all areas of their lives. But we don’t stop there either.
PTACH understands that months and years of struggle with a learning challenge exact an emotional toll. Our program actively builds students up. In every way possible, we ensure students are with peers for extracurricular events, like Color War and Shabbatons. We also provide children and parents with counseling as needed to further student well-being. PTACH staff understands that while getting good grades is important, so are resilience and emotional health. They seek to sensitively guide each student to resources that empower them for life.
At PTACH, we know that your child does not exist or learn in a vacuum. To succeed fully takes everyone’s buy-in, including communities and general ed teachers.
To that end, in addition to student education, PTACH works tirelessly to promote public understanding of the diverse learning needs of students and to create opportunities and programs to give every child an equal opportunity to Jewish education. PTACH provides intensive training for general classroom teachers, enabling them to understand and manage differences in learning.