AZ Business Magazine: Gompers prepares to reopen to serve developmentally disabled population

Gompers and GPS were recently featured in AZ Business Magazine regarding our reopening plans and schedule. To learn more about our reopening plans and certification with HealthyVerify, read the full article here.

Arizona Capitol Times: Empowerment scholarships alternative in ‘covirtual’ reality

Our very own director of special education, Travis Harris, discussed the importance of the Empowerment Scholarship Account, or ESA, amid the upcoming school year and the “new normal”. To learn more about how ESA will offer educational security for students for the years to come, read the full Arizona Capitol Times article here.

Goodyear Independent: Gompers Private School Honors 8th Grader with Drive-By Graduation Celebration

Gompers Private School recently celebrated the 8th grade graduation of one of our students, Breena. We are proud of her for overcoming obstacles with virtual learning with the help of her teacher, Ms. Jasmyn. To read more about how Ms. Jasymn worked with Breena to help her enjoy virtual learning, read the full Goodyear Independent article here.

Arizona Foothills: Trendsetter to Know – Travis Harris

Our very own Director of Special Education, Travis Harris, gave Arizona Foothills a little sneak peak into his life, what motivates him, his passion for special education and for Gompers Private School as a whole. To read more about Travis, check out the full story here.

AZTV: School Closures — How Gompers Private School Strives to Help Students Exceed Educational Goals at Home

Our Director of Special Education, Travis Harris, sat down with AZTV to discuss how school closures are impacting students all across Arizona. The Gompers Private School faculty are initiating specific steps and strategies to help ensure their students continue to meet and exceed their educational goals at home. To learn more, watch the full segment here.

Fox10’s TyPad: Gompers Pens helping students with disabilities

FOX 10’s Ty Brennan recently visited Gompers Private School to talk about its new Reader Pens and how its changing the lives of its students. The Reader Pens allows students with disabilities to read anything from books, menues to package instructions and playground signs, giving them another opportunity to achieve independence. Click here to watch the full segment:

Outstanding Educator Award Winner Luz Rodriguez!

Gompers Private School is thrilled to announce that Luz Rodriguez, special education teacher, and transition specialist, was named Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues Outstanding Educator for 2017. This recognition highlights Ms. Rodriguez’s years of services in the classroom and in the community working for Phoenix District 7. Luz is a phenomenal teacher who believes her students can achieve anything with the right support and assistance. In the classroom, Ms. Rodriguez personalizes learning by creating work that is meaningful to individual students. This person-centered approach has been successful, even with the most challenging of students. As a transition specialist, she works with students, parents and state agencies on opportunities for post-secondary job training and day programs. Please join Gompers in congratulating Luz on this well-deserved honor. Click on the link below to watch Luz’s award video

Gompers Rocks Core Words

Gompers Private School Assistive Technology (AT) team kicked off the school year with a core word of the week program called: Gompers Rocks Core. Core words are the 50-400 words that make up most of what we say in typical conversation and writing. By giving emergent speakers and AAC learners quick access to these core words, Gompers is providing them with a powerful tool to communicate what they want to say rather than relying on others to infer what they want to say.

This is a site-wide, collaborative approach to increase exposure to each word across various settings and in natural contexts, which aligns with natural language development.