Both the Lower School and the Middle School have a learning specialist on staff to support students with diagnosed learning differences when we have the means to implement the accommodations necessary to ensure the success and well-being of the student. This is a process of discovery during which the School, the family, and an outside diagnostician work together to determine the best learning plan for a student.
Norwood’s learning specialists are active members of all classrooms and participate in all grade-level meetings, serving as a sounding board for how best to present information to reach all learners. If a teacher voices concern about a student, the appropriate learning specialist will conduct direct observations across curricular settings to gain insight into the student’s learning profile. A team approach is taken when making decisions for a student: parents, teachers, division heads, the head of school, and the learning specialist are all involved in determining the best learning plan, which may include classroom modifications, tutoring support, and/or diagnostic assessments.
Likewise, when a student demonstrates a need for enrichment in a specific academic area, the student’s team of teachers, including the learning specialist and division head, develop an action plan. While the enriched learner is most often incorporated into a teacher’s lesson plans, the School also encourages enrichment by participating in book clubs, math clubs, competitive math teams, competitive debate, science teams, and other extracurricular offerings.