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Academic Program Support

Our Lower School Literacy Specialist teams with our primary grade (K-2) teachers to follow each child’s reading and writing development across the K-2 developmental span. Research tells us that about twenty percent of children will struggle to take on the reading and writing process and that early intervention is key to ensuring that all children develop a strong foundation in reading and writing. The literacy specialist and teachers identify students who need support and ensure that they enter their third grade year with a solid foundation in reading and writing.

Our K-4 Director of Teaching and Learning meets regularly with grade-level teams to support instructional planning, emphasizing differentiation and the use of co-teaching strategies to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.

In addition, the Director of Teaching and Learning mentors and supports each teacher’s professional growth, providing non-evaluative feedback and coaching that improves teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Our Middle School Learning Support Teacher serves as a resource for 7th and 8th grade students who need extra support in writing or study skills. The learning support teacher collaborates with the 7th and 8th grade humanities teachers to develop writing assignments, organizers, and assessment tools, and also holds individual conferences with students during all major writing assignments.  In addition, the learning support teacher partners with core academic subject teachers to identify and support 7th and 8th graders who are struggling with organizational and study skills, and also to develop strategies and materials to support English language learners.

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Lindsay Hershenhorn
​Lower School Literacy Specialist
Ginny Spivey
​K-4 Director of Teaching and Learning
Laura Wolfram
​Middle School Learning Support Teacher