ML Learning Support
Learning Support personnel provide direct and indirect support to students who exhibit difficulty with academic learning and/or performance. We collaborate with parents, teachers, and students to develop appropriate instructional strategies as well as to offer referrals for additional support which might include: private tutoring, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychoeducational testing. Additionally, we help to identify students who are at risk for developing difficulties and provide recommendations and ongoing monitoring. For students with an outside psycho-educational evaluation, an Action Plan is developed based on the evaluation and is used to provide faculty with information on a student's learning and recommended accommodations. Students with a diagnosed learning disability should have a psychological evaluation on file at school, current within the last five years.
Learning Support in Middle Learning
In Middle Learning, direct and indirect academic support to students, faculty, and parents is provided through our Galloway Organization and Academic Learning Lab (GOAL Lab), overseen by our Coordinator of Learning Services Dr. Sue Feig. Learning support in Middle Learning is provided by our learning support teachers and focuses on writing, math, and executive functioning. The form and focus of our direct academic support tends to vary based on the demonstrated need of our students; however, support typically is provided in a small group format. Our Executive Functioning specialist works with students throughout Middle Learning in a variety of ways including: daily group check outs to help students keep track of their assignments and manage their time on projects as well as periodic meetings to help students stay organized, develop a homework plan, improve their note-taking, and/or develop more effective study strategies. Close communication and coordination with parents is also a key component in developing a plan for success. Behind the scenes, our learning support personnel also consult with teachers; act as a resource for information regarding accommodations, instruction, and red flags for learning; and coordinate communication with outside professionals.
For students with an outside psycho-educational evaluation, an Action Plan is developed based on the evaluation and is used to provide faculty with information on a student's learning and recommended accommodations. Students with a diagnosed learning disability should have a current psychological evaluation on file at school, current within the last five years.
While The Galloway School does not modify our academic curriculum, we can provide the following accommodations, as recommended by a current psychoeducational evaluation.
- Extended time
- Strategic seating
- Ability to take tests/quizzes in a quieter location
- Use of a laptop
- Assistance with note taking
- Use of assistive technology and by-pass strategies such as calculator, laptop, audiobooks, etc.
- No penalty for spelling errors