The Manus Curriculums Story
Our mission at Manus Curriculums (housed under Manus Academy) is to help teachers improve their students’ ability to learn both basic skills and content courses, particularly students with learning barriers.
Since 1983, the staff at Manus Academy has worked with students with various needs and abilities, including students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other neurological, emotional and behavioral problems. Our teaching approaches are in a continuous state of improvement during which we research, analyze and adjust our instruction and curriculums to facilitate student learning.
What Makes Our Products Unique
The outgrowth of this disciplined process is an instructional delivery system and set of teaching materials that yield the best results and with the most effective use of a teacher’s and school’s time and money.
The Manus Curriculums methods and materials are based on educational research and practical experience that tells us the best way to teach. They are goal-directed and multi-sensory. They are sequential and cumulative, with each skill an extension of the ones preceding it.
Teachers introduce new skills using such time-honored techniques as guided instruction, shaping, prompting and frequent feedback. They gradually diminish the intensity of their involvement as students learn to perform the skills accurately, fluently and independently. They also record and evaluate student output then adjust their teaching as needed. This fluid process ensures that students truly master what they practice.
What sets Manus Curriculums products apart from others is that the principles of effective teaching are integrated within and across all skills and subjects and built into every training manual and practice page. Teachers needn’t spend valuable time changing the materials to fit the needs of individual students. They simply increase or decrease the intensity of their instruction in specific areas, add accommodations, as needed, change the learning environment in which they deliver the instruction and/or change the goals to ones that are more achievable.
The teacher-training manuals for each skill contain exercises that show teachers, teaching assistants and other interested people how to teach the targeted skill, such as reading, spelling, comprehension or math. Each manual explains what it takes to learn the skill well, why some students have trouble learning it and how to teach the skill effectively, particularly to students with learning barriers.
Like you, we want students to feel good about their ability to learn. For this reason, we wish to share our teaching approaches and materials with people in similar teaching situations – people who work individually and in small groups with students with specific needs. Your work is vitally important and we’d like to help you in any way we can.
About the Author and Publisher
Rosanne Manus, M.A.: Rosanne is the founder of Manus Academy. She and her staff work with students from kindergarten through college who experience learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and other neurological and emotional difficulties. Their services include a middle and high school accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, after-school tutoring services for K-12 students who attend other schools, testing, consultation and parent and teacher training.
In 1979, Rosanne received her master’s degree in special education at Columbia University and has been working in the field of special education since then. She has developed, tested and published training programs and curriculums for almost every subject and skill from preschool through grade twelve. In addition, she has developed a proprietary business operations model and staff training program that ensure the consistent delivery of high quality services.