Philip is a high school learning support teacher with over thirteen years of experience helping students reach goals they once thought were impossible. Philip’s personal experiences with ADHD and his varied background in science, research, liberal arts, special education, motivation, mindfulness, and video games, have informed an empathetic and playful approach to learning support. His classes leverage the unique strengths of every individual while simultaneously building their sense of self-efficacy and agency.
Eight years ago, International School Bangkok hired Philip to help revamp their high school learning support program. Improvements began with providing effective in-class support, but it was immediately clear that many students with mild or moderate exceptionalities needed additional support outside of the core content areas. Building an effective and progressive learning support class, that maximizes student growth and independence, became a passion project for Philip that still continues today.
Soon after arriving in Asia, Philip was invited to co-found the Thailand chapter of the Special Education Network and Inclusion Association (SENIA). He has been working with learning support teachers across the world to identify and share promising learning support practices and strategies. After years of experimentation, the MARIO Framework incorporates the best of these resources, and more, into a free and flexible framework that allows any teacher to build their ideal learning support classroom.
Philip believes that collaboration is the key to taking learning support services to the next level. In addition to unpacking the MARIO Framework at several upcoming conferences and workshops this year, Philip is looking for a core group of innovators and early adopters that will focus on growing and improving the framework. Even if you aren’t an innovator or early adopter, you can make a difference by sharing resources that work.