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Public School 380, The John Wayne Elementary School

NCLD is proud to announce the 2011 Public School Recipient of the Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award: Public School 380, The John Wayne Elementary School, in Brooklyn, New York.  Principal Diane Vitolo proudly accepted the award at NCLD’s 2011 Celebrating Our Schools Luncheon, which was presented to her by Jillian Fortuna, a P.S. 380 alumna and current parent.

P.S. 380 is an exceptional New York City school for all students, but especially for struggling learners. Students identified with learning disabilities have their progress closely monitored and receive the additional time and support that they need to be successful.  P.S. 380 uses an “integrated” model and makes no distinction between general and special education classrooms. All students work together and are encouraged to be understanding and accepting of each others differences in learning style and learning challenges.

Teachers at P.S. 380 work together in a collaborative environment and are in constant communication about their students.  A special team, the Academic Intervention Services team (AIS), works with teachers to identify students who are struggling and may require extra attention and additional instruction. AIS then works with students to support their learning and also works directly with teachers to support professional development, especially for new teachers. The entire faculty meets weekly to discuss the progress of every student.

P.S. 380 is more than a school – it is a community.  Parents of students at P.S. 380 are extremely involved in school activities and learning. The building offers a PTA gathering room, where parents visit daily to stay connected and informed.  Teachers, parents, and school leaders maintain great relationships and work together to support student success.

At P.S. 380, all students are encouraged to take charge of their own learning and are empowered to understand their strengths as learners, create individual goals to work towards, and monitor their learning progress. Every child is expected to succeed and is entitled to and receives an exceptional education.