Teachers, Students Expand Skill Sets

Professional Development Helps Educators Aid Learners With Disabilities

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Posted: May 1, 2013

Danielle Harris works with Mia Williams, a 7-year-old student with cerebral palsy, on April 24 at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg. Harris, along with other teachers who work with students with disabilities, has been using a new teaching model that is yielding positive results. (Photos by Jason Lehart / DN-R)
Danielle Harris, a teacher at Smithland Elementary School, works with students (left to right) Joy Esparza-Avila, 9, Mia Williams, 7, and Lance Showalter, 11, on April 24. Teachers say a program expanding in local schools is helping students with disabilities develop skills needed to be successful.

HARRISONBURG — For Danielle Harris, getting students in her multiple disabilities class at Smithland Elementary School to use such unfamiliar items as scissors, glue or markers can be…

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