An educator in New York City said his own school would provide a more efficient education system for children with special needs.
Brendan Wolff was diagnosed with autism in the sixth grade.
Throughout his life Wolff spent time in schools in District 75 as a student and teacher.
Parents noticed his skills in the classroom and asked him to continue teaching their children, prompting the opening of Achievement Unlocked in 2016.
“Technically, I started a school, but they forced me more,” Wolff explains.
Wolff created his own method of training staff, called the Elements of an Effective Classroom, including Accessibility, Clear Expectations, Data Collection, Student-Centered, Feedback, Independence , community and a team effort.
The special system cultivates the perfect learning environment for students to thrive.
Achievement Unlocked has 19 students, the goal is to reach capacity of 25 students, then branch out to other sites and start parent and teacher trainings at those locations.