Best of the Best
We have witnessed firsthand the incredible experience provided by our staff, teachers, and students at HTS, but now the positive impact of our school has spread beyond our families into the community around us.
Bay Area Parent, a renowned parent website and magazine, has a segment called “Best of the Best”. The magazine annually decides and declares the best children’s programs in the Bay Area. This year, Hope Technology School proudly wears the Silver title of Best Private Elementary School and the Bronze title of Best Private Middle School in all of Silicon Valley. In addition to our excellent educational programs, we have also been deemed the Silver title of Best Special Needs Services and Support in Silicon Valley.
Check out an article here on the Top 5 Reasons we were awarded the Best of the Best!
HTS Honors Jefferson Award Winner
One of Hope Technology School’s parents, Russ Ewell, was honored with the Jefferson Award for founding E-Soccer. The Jefferson Award is a program of the American Institute of Public Service. It was started by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft Jr. in 1972 to recognize outstanding public service at the local and national level.
CBS channel 5 news, KCBS radio, and The San Francisco Chronicle have joined together to highlight the Jefferson award’s “Unsung Hero”, Russ Ewell. Recognized for his initiative to create and build a program where typical and special needs children of all ages come together on a soccer field to develop their skills, confidence, and self esteem, while developing life long friendships in the process. E-Soccer serves over 250 children Saturday mornings in San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties. E-Soccer is free and has an all volunteer coaching staff. Teams of nine E-Soccer coaches went to Nairobi, Kenya in 2007 and Bangalore, India in 2008 to help train a group of volunteers to begin their own E-Soccer programs in these countries.
We opened the doors of Hope Technology School to NBC 11 because we wanted to inspire people around the world about the importance of inclusion and innovation in education.
Inclusion is the primary mission of Hope Technology School. Students with special needs work side-by-side with their typical peers (learn more about our inclusive method).
In the news piece, the boy records his own voice on the computer. We applied HP’s Voice Notes program to help students develop verbal skills.
The story also highlights the use of assistive technology (AT) to help students achieve both social and academic goals. Our methods are individualized according to students’ needs. The piece highlights technology rather than method. We hope others will develop their own approach to incorporate technology into the classroom as well (Check out our technology page here).
Chicken Soup Publication
“These powerful heart-rending stories are filled with honesty, humor, hope and offer inspiration to parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for children with special needs.”
Gerald G. Jompalsky, M.D.
Offering encouragement and insight to anyone whose child faces extraordinary challenges.
We are proud to highlight one of our students who has just been published! In August of 2007, Jordan wrote an original story that was published in the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs. As a sixth grader with autism in Mrs. Jones’ class, Jordan shares his story of finally discovering his voice for the first time in his life. Jordan is able to communicate through his story what it was like all those years and what it is like now being able to communicate with his family and friends. In his story, “Silent No More”, he tells about not only his needs but also his dreams. We proudly applaud Jordan for this amazing accomplishment!