The Structure of the Bridge Program
The Bridge Program is based upon an approach to teaching and learning that relies upon a coordinated services model. The services are delivered in what is called a “gradual release model,” meaning that as students progress through the program, they are expected to become stronger self-advocates and better independent learners. Students meet with their Bridge teachers outside the typical learning environment for re-teaching, skill-based learning opportunities, and work on executive functioning -- all related to the specific learning goals of their academic disciplines. Bridge teachers also push in to Humanities and STEM learning environments to support Bridge students.
Bridge teachers also collaborate with core academic teachers to ensure that they are aligning the focus of their work with what is most important in the context of each individual class. Finally, Bridge teachers help to manage testing protocols, if appropriate, and are key supporters of the college planning process. At the root of the Bridge approach is the building of metacognition and the nurturing of student independence and agency; Bridge students learn how to understand what they need to improve their learning, how to seek out what they need, and how to manage their time.