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Student in the Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) smiles with his professor during a one-on-one PAL Academics session

Learning. Laughing. Leading.

PAL students represent about 20% of each entering class. They’re leaders at Curry, 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.

Students laugh and work on PAL Academics with their PAL professor

PAL Curriculum

Our academic program is geared toward bright, college-able students who have a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning disability, executive function weakness, and/or AD/HD, and who have average to superior intellectual ability.

A student and professor work on PAL technology together, using an iPad to assist with the curriculum

Technology and Accommodations

Each incoming PAL student will receive an iPad as part of their PAL programming. Along with this invaluable resource, the PAL Assistive Technology (AT) Center offers PAL students a variety of technology tools that have been shown to benefit students with learning differences.

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International and Multilingual Students

The Program for Advancement of Learning has faculty with expertise to work with multilingual students who also have learning differences. This population includes international students, students who have been raised in bilingual homes, bilingual students from other U.S. territories (like Puerto Rico), and adoptees from other countries raised by English-speaking families.

Curry College Summer PAL students laugh while doing an activity on campus

Summer PAL

Kick off your academic experience at Curry College, live in our residence halls and experience a taste of life in the Boston area with our 4-credit, immersive Summer PAL On Campus program. Register today - seats fill up quickly!

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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PAL Faculty and Staff

Lynn Abrahams

Lynn Abrahams

Professor

Department
PAL

Sarah Albright

Sarah Albright

Assistant Professor

Department
PAL

Maria Bacigalupo

Maria Bacigalupo

Professor

Department
PAL

Edward Bradford

Edward Bradford

Associate Professor, Academic Enrichment Center

Department
PAL

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke

AT Coordinator

Department
PAL

Paula Cocce

Paula Cocce

Senior Lecturer

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PAL

Dr. Laurie Fox

Laurie Fox

Professor

Department
PAL

Andrea Gabriel-Jabbour

Andrea Gabriel-Jabbour

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Blythe Grossberg

Blythe Grossberg

Admission Assistant, PAL

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PAL

George Herman

George Herman

Senior Lecturer

Department
PAL

Laura Hubbard

Laura Hubbard

Professor

Department
PAL

Philip Hulbig

Philip Hulbig

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Lecturer

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PAL

Diane Lande

Diane Lande

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Grace Govatsos

Grace Lincoln

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Laura McMinn-Larson

Laura McMinn

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Gerard O'Sullivan

Gerard O'Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

Department
PAL

Nicole Parsons

Nicole Parsons

Assistant Professor

Department
PAL

Janis Peters

Janis Peters

Professor

Department
PAL

Patricia Pieper

Patricia Pieper

Admission Counselor

Department
PAL

Lauren Toomy

Lauren Toomy

Lecturer

Department
PAL

Diane Webber

Diane Webber

Professor

Department
PAL

Shelby Wood

Shelby Wood

Administrative Assistant

Department
PAL

Take the next step

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.