Welcome to the Learning and Reading Resources Department. We are committed to empowering students to maximize their academic potential and supporting their learning by working in partnership with the student, their parents and their teachers.
The main focus of our work is supporting students who have learning differences, and promoting their learning through curricular and organizational support. Most of our work is on an individualized basis in a one-to-one setting. Our lower school learning specialists also provide small group support, both in and out of the classroom. North Shore charges a fee for individualized support from the learning specialists, for which financial aid may be available.
Students may be referred for support by teachers, advisors, parents or therapists. Learning specialists focus on helping students understand their strengths and challenges, remediate their challenges and support their strengths, develop their executive function skills, and hone their self-advocacy skills.
The learning specialists can also help families navigate the evaluation process for the first time, assist with finding a qualified and reputable diagnostician, and apply to the College Board and ACT for testing accommodations.
Please know we are here to partner with you to best support your student’s educational experience at NSCD. We understand students have different academic skills and needs, and our goal is to provide support and guidance, while helping students develop skills and strategies to become confident and independent learners in a rigorous academic environment.
Lower school learning specialists assist with classroom instruction and provide executive functioning support. They engage students in reading and writing through special activities and programming, and help families navigate the evaluation process for the first time.
Middle school learning specialists also offer support in the classroom for students to develop executive function and academic skills. Learning Lab is an example of a seminar they designed for sixth graders providing instruction on executive functioning skills, brain development and the neuroscience of learning.
Upper school learning specialists also assist parents and students in applying to the College Board and ACT for testing accommodations.