In addition to highly proficient teachers who execute the primary responsibilities of curriculum and instruction, the rigorous academic programs offered by the Laboratory Schools require the support of skilled specialists in the psychologies of learning and counseling. Each division of the Schools has faculty dedicated to the academic and social-emotional dimensions of the Laboratory Schools’ experience, and the Director of Student Services coordinates activities of the Learning and Counseling departments across all school divisions.
The Learning and Counseling faculty provide services to the Schools in four ways:
- Working directly with students
- Participating in observation and teamed instruction within the classroom setting
- Engaging in mutual mentorship with classroom teachers
- Building strong bonds of mutual support with parents, families, and professionals who may work with our students outside of the school setting.
A special focus of the Learning and Counseling faculty are those students who exhibit learning differences, whether in academic, behavioral, or emotional domains. The goal is to facilitate access and full participation in school activities, both in classes and outside the classroom, while maintaining the scope, sequence, and intent of the curriculum and mission of the Laboratory Schools.
For further information, review the document “Guidelines for Accommodating Students with Learning Differences.” If you have questions, contact Ken James, Director of Student Services.