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Student and faculty in the Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) collaborate at an iPad

Enabling Transformative Experiences

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We are incredibly proud of PAL, our internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning. Recognized as the country’s first program of its kind, celebrating a longstanding tradition of success, PAL provides academically focused assistance to bright, college-able students with specific language-based learning disabilities, executive function disorders, and/or AD/HD.

Explore The PAL Program:

A student in the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) meets with her professor

PAL Academic Experience

PAL students are fully mainstreamed in their classes and receive additional support on a proactive basis. Students work in individual and/or small classes with a PAL faculty member developing strategies in areas such as reading comprehension, written language, speaking, listening, organization, and time management.

Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) students work off a laptop together

Admission to PAL

Space is limited in Curry's unique Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), therefore, each application is evaluated carefully to identify students whose needs best match the nature of support offered in PAL.

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PAL for Multilingual Students

In keeping with Curry's focus on individualized education, PAL for Multilingual Students is a highly successful program designed to identify and serve International students, U.S. residents and citizens who are non-native speakers of English, and English language learners (ELL) with learning disabilities (LD), attention deficits (AD/HD), and/or Executive Function (EF) disorders.

Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) students in class in the PAL AT Center

Technology and Accommodations

Each incoming PAL student will receive an iPad as part of their PAL programming. And through our Assistive Technology and Accommodations Center, students can benefit from technologies including dictation and reading software, smartpens, audiobook readers, and more.

Students in the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) participate in a Summer PAL group activity outside the Kennedy building

PAL Summer Programs

Our PAL Program is abuzz year-round, especially in the summer!  We offer Summer PAL, an optional program for PAL students who have enrolled for the upcoming Fall term; and The College Search East - a 2-week residential opportunity that helps students with LD's prepare for their college search.

A Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) faculty member explains the PAL program to parents of a student

Guidance for PAL Parents

The parents' role in supporting independence is to allow students to advocate for themselves.  This is sometimes a difficult transition for parents who have been strong, successful advocates.  Parents can help by encouraging the use of PAL for assistance and guidance.

A Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) student is assisted by a PAL faculty member

Valuable, Supplemental Programs

The Educational Diagnostic Center at Curry College is a comprehensive evaluation and testing center specializing in the learning needs of adolescents and adults. The Adult Center provides a supportive environment for both undergraduate and graduate students who want to understand their learning and achieve educational and vocational goals at Curry College or at other colleges.

Experience PAL

PAL students are leaders at Curry, with many joining our Honors Program and leading the way in the arts, in athletics, and in the classroom. They take on a wide range of careers after Curry and many have gone on to grad school, law school, or doctoral programs.

Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) Director, Laura Vanderberg

PAL Director Selected as Apple Distinguished Educator

Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) Director and Professor Dr. Laura Vanderberg was selected for the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) award for her pioneering innovations in the iPAL Program. She recently attended the ADE Institute for the Americas in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) faculty members assist students in a group session

Curry Named to Top 10 Best Colleges List for Students with LD's

College Magazine recently named Curry College on its Top 10 Best Colleges List for students with learning disabilities. The article references that "while 86 percent of colleges enroll students with learning disabilities, only 24 percent of them say they can actually help those students "to a major extent."

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We're excited you're considering our internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.