About Us

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to Blossomland Learning Center! You and your student are about to embark on a very special journey. One that includes the various supports for academic, social, behavioral, functional, physical, occupational, and communication skills.

Blossomland Learning Center is a center-based program that specializes in serving students with cognitive impairments. It is neither an institution nor a child-care facility. We are a public school that has the same requirements as a local school district. Our goal is to focus on academic and functional growth and striving to meet the highest level of independence capable for each student. Our program looks at the whole child. This includes teaching academic skills such as reading and math, working on communication through verbal skills or assistive technology, and receiving therapies such as occupational, physical, speech,orientation & mobility, or vision, as well as pre-vocational and vocational training.

Students who attend Blossomland Learning Center reach for the stars - surpassing many milestones along the way. We believe every student has many talents and abilities, regardless of their impairment. We are all excited to be part of your child’s journey – watching them develop their skills and challenge themselves by participating in a variety of experiences or activities. We are thrilled that your student and your family will be part of the BLC family. We welcome you to BLC and welcome your student to a world of possibilities.

Tina Lawson,
Principal

Statement of Beliefs

All staff members contribute to Blossomland Learning Center’s friendly, inviting environment. We set the tone through our actions and attitudes. We demonstrate our continuous support and encouragement of all students in five important ways.

  1. We teach students the expectations for responsible behavior in all school settings by relating student actions to our Guidelines for Success. We will encourage students to be safe, practice teamwork, have positive attitudes, and respect others in order to achieve success for all.
  2. We provide positive feedback to students when they are meeting expectations and following the Guidelines for Success.
  3. We maintain a cooperative environment involving home, school, and community in educating our students.
  4. We view minor misbehavior as teaching opportunities, responding calmly and consistently with corrections and consequences.
  5. We work collaboratively, utilizing meeting mechanics, to develop behaviors that are acceptable in the school setting, community, home, and work environments

What We Offer

Blossomland Learning Center is a program operated by Berrien Regional Education Service Agency. It services students with moderate to severe cognitive impairments from across the county, ages 3 to 25, who are referred by their local district. Transportation is a curb-to-curb service to the student’s home. State standards are utilized in addressing the academic and functional needs of the students. BLC utilizes Michigan’s Essential Elements and the Extended Grade Level Content Expectations (EGLCEs) and Addressing Unique Needs of Students with Disabilities (AUEN) for curriculum needs, as well as developing lesson plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for our students. Educators at BLC are all highly qualified and receive regular training on evidenced-based practices, therapeutic interventions, and medical certifications and training.

It is important to understand that BLC is a fully operational school where staff work to:

  • Develop weekly schedules and lesson plans that allow teachers to work with students to achieve their goals
  • Build and develop academic skills in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, functional living, and personal care
  • Teach functional skills to build independence to the highest level possible
  • Monitor progress on the skills identified for each student
  • Report quarterly the progress made on the IEP goals/objectives

Ancillary Support

In addition to academic & functional skills, students have access to various therapies to address individual student needs. Therapy is offered based on the student’s Individualized Education Plans, which could include:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Orientation & Mobility Therapy
  • Sensory Development Therapy
  • Vision Therapy

Independence

At BLC, students strive to become as independent as they can be. This includes teaching students how to use assistive technology, navigate in different environments, practice hygiene skills, exercise good decision making skills, and understanding consequences of actions (both positive and negative). Students may also participate in home economics and health education classes that teach them household and life skills. These experiences prepare students for life after school, which may include working in the general marketplace or volunteering for a neighborhood organization or agency.


Student Safety

Student safety and having qualified personnel is very important to everyone at BLC. Anyone interested in volunteering or working in our facility are fingerprinted. Both state and federal background checks are performed to ensure your child’s safety. Annually, staff are trained in the Cornell Therapeutic Crisis Intervention to address the behavioral needs of our students. All staff participate in continuous training throughout the school year and an annual evaluation of the skills is completed. BLC also utilizes a positive behavior support program called the S.T.A.R.S. program.


Meeting Medical Needs

Nursing services are in place to support all medical requirements, whether through the Nurse’s Office or by the classroom staff. Care plans are developed for every student that requires one due to the depth of the medical needs for the student. Training is provided by the School Nurse to all classroom staff and transportation personnel. She monitors this training throughout the course of the year. Trainings include use of a VNS magnet, Epi-pen, seizure identification & protocol, and tube-feeding services.


School Social Worker Needs

A School Social Worker is available to support students and their families in various areas. The areas covered include interpersonal, social, and community services. The school social worker is able to assist with guidance in areas such as adult living, adaptive behavior, transition, community connections, etc.


Parental Involvement

As a parent of a student with special needs, sending your student to school may be overwhelming. We encourage families to visit our program at any time. Your active participation in your student’s educational program is vital to their success. Just like any other school, BLC schedules two Parent/Teacher Conferences (Fall/Spring), Parent Nights are held providing different topics related to input from parent surveys, and every student has an annual Individualized Education Program meeting to go over student goals for the next year. Administration has an open-door policy and parents are welcome to call or stop in to discuss any questions/concerns you may have, or even what you feel is going great.

Contact Us

Blossomland Learning Center
711 St. Joseph Ave.
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Tel: 269-473-2600 ext. 1201
Fax: 269-471-9788

Principal: Tina Lawson
Tel: 269-473-2600 ext.1206
Fax: 269-471-9788
tina.lawson@berrienresa.org

Asst. Principal: Craig Kuhn
Tel: 269-473-2600 ext. 1205
Fax: 269-471-9788
craig.kuhn@berrienresa.org
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