“As a student with an LD, my biggest fear in high school was raising my hand in class, and not knowing the answer. But now, especially when I meet with my PAL advisor, I have more confidence and I feel like I'm more prepared to participate in class.”
Brandon Traina '11
Major: Criminal Justice
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PAL Fees (per semester) for 2015 - 2016 Academic Year
|PAL1190 and PAL1200||$3,470 per semester|
|PAL1210||$3,390 per semester|
|PAL1220||$1,825 per semester|
Required for First-Year Students:
PAL 1190 The Learning Process I: 1.5 academic credits toward graduation
Exploration, Insight, and Application
This course is the first in the two course sequence required for students admitted to Curry College through the Program for Advancement of Learning. Focused on the transition from high school learning expectations to those of college courses, PAL 1190 offers students a curriculum designed to foster an understanding of themselves as learners through faculty mentorship.
Students are introduced to and explore learning strategies in the following core areas: metacognition, self-regulation, active and engaged learning, critical thinking and reasoning, receptive and expressive language. Students will create an educational plan, outlining: personal and academic long term goals, semester goals, learning strengths, challenges, and strategies. The faculty mentor and student collaborate on evaluating student progress towards these goals throughout the semester, culminating in a reflective student paper and faculty report, which outlines individualized recommendations for the PAL 1200, the secondcourse in the sequence.
PAL 1200 The Learning Process II: 1.5 academic credits toward graduation
Insight, Strategic Development, and Application
This course builds on the learning insights and strategies developed in PAL 1190 while facilitating increasing independence and strategic learning in the areas of metacognition, self regulation, critical thinking and reasoning, receptive and expressive language, and decision making. Students will revise their PAL 1190 educational plans, incorporating lessons learned in the previous semester as well as taking into account the current semester's course expectations. The faculty mentor and student collaboratively evaluate student progress towards these goals throughout the semester, culminating in a reflective studentpaper and faculty report.
Elective courses for those opting to remain in PAL:
PAL 1210 Applied Strategic Learning I - No credits
Open to students who have completed PAL 1190 and 1200, this course provides on going faculty mentorship in developing and applying strategic learning approaches for academic success in advancing course work. Students in PAL 1210 meet with their faculty mentors twice weekly for individualized instruction and collaboration.This course may be repeated. Prerequisite: PAL 1200.
PAL 1220 Applied Strategic Learning II - No credits
Open to students who have completed PAL 1190 and 1200, this course provides on going faculty mentorship in developing and applying strategic learning approaches for academic success in advancing course work. Students in PAL 1220 meet with their faculty mentors once weekly for individualized instruction and collaboration. This course may be repeated.Prerequisite: PAL 1200 or PAL 1210.
PAL Scholarships are generously supported from the following sources; John F. Gallagher Jr. Scholarship, Edward Gault Scholarship, Benjamin Gordon Scholarship, Justin Hughes Memorial Scholarship, Jennifer Phillips Fund, Shapiro Scholarship, PAL 30th Fund and Jordan B. Vogel Memorial Scholarship. All current full time PAL students are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Most recipients will receive at least $1,000 per academic year to be used toward the cost of PAL fees. Contact Dr. Lynn Abrahams (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Dr. Diane Webber recently received a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Dr. Webber will travel to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in June 2016 to confer with Scandinavian colleagues about Bringing Active Learning to the College Classroom at the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen.
Like many high school kids, Ivan Marchany '16 was very much into video games. But little did he realize that his boyhood hobby would turn into a career path in cyber-security. Because of a learning difference, Ivan's college search led him from his home in Puerto Rico to the Curry College PAL program, where he has thrived academically as an IT major, turning his once-perceived weaknesses into strengths.
The Institute on Learning Differences, a successful venture between the Education department and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), gives students the opportunity to tap into the resources and knowledge of PAL faculty members and outside specialists to better understand the unique educational needs of students.