Learning and Enrichment Center (LEC)
Empowering Lifelong Learners
The Learning and Enrichment Center recognizes that children learn differently due to differences in background knowledge, learning styles, ability to focus, and processing speed. The importance of addressing the learning differences of independent school children has become increasingly recognized in recent years. Rosary Academy’s Learning and Enrichment Center supports the child whose full potential is not being realized. Instructional support in all disciplines, as well as enrichment opportunities in Mathematics and English Language Arts are offered in the center. Additionally, school psychologists offer behavioral interventions to enhance the student’s academic experience and ensure that intervening factors do not undermine students’ ongoing success.
Rosary Academy’s Learning and Enrichment Center offers expertise in a variety of areas: assessment, diagnostics, remediation, progress monitoring, gifted and enrichment education, teacher education, and curriculum development. In addition LEC provides support for appropriate classroom accommodations for students (i.e. extended time for tests), helps to secure college board accommodations, and appropriates the importance of social/emotional functioning. These various roles are at the heart of our Learning and Enrichment Center.
To identify students in need of support or enrichment, a key vehicle used to promote teamwork and good communication is the Student Study Team (SST). The SST meeting provides a roadmap for the process by which students are identified for support or enrichment. Many times, classroom observations are scheduled before a meeting in order to glean relevant information about the student’s learning style. The SST meeting participants are typically parents, teachers, school administrators and staff from the Learning and Enrichment Center. Concerns and previously implemented strategies or approaches are discussed. The team then decides upon an action plan for addressing the concerns expressed in the meeting. An “action plan” may include extra support, assessments, etc. Responsibility for implementing the plan is assigned and future SST meetings are scheduled. The SST process promotes accountability, documents efforts to support/enrich the student, tracks progress, and determines when, and if, it is appropriate to change course.
For students with more involved needs, an assessment may be recommended. The assessment typically takes place outside of the school and is performed by the public school (at no cost), or by a private clinician with the family being responsible for the cost. This type of psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment serves a valuable function in identifying a student’s strengths and weaknesses.. The assessment results answer the questions of both how much the student is struggling and why the student is struggling. With this information, a plan can be created to help the student.
The Learning and Enrichment Center utilizes evidenced- based approaches that have stood up to the scrutiny of controlled research. When we discuss remediation interventions, we typically refer to the approach as "educational therapy," as opposed to "tutoring." These designations can sometimes seem like semantic manipulations, but in this case there is a substantively different approach. The Learning and Enrichment staff includes Educational Therapists who implement these interventions. Tutoring, on the other hand, is conceptualized as a type of support in the form of homework assistance (helping to study for a test, etc). It's not uncommon that a student may need both forms of intervention: the root cause of the learning difference is remediated (a long term solution) through educational therapy, while the student is supported in meeting the day-to-day demands of school (a short term solution) through tutoring. For students in need of enrichment, strategies from the research literature on gifted education inform our solutions and practices.
Regardless of the form of remediation, enrichment or support offered, Rosary’s Learning and Enrichment Center is committed to providing ongoing communication and collaboration with teachers and parents, as well as an ongoing, data-driven means of measuring student response to intervention. Our experience has been that communicating frequently with parents and having ongoing interactions with teachers, is an effective way of making sure the communication loop is maintained.
The Learning and Enrichment Center is multi-disciplinary at its core: school psychology, educational therapy, teaching, psycho-educational assessment, and neuropsychological assessment. These disciplines, along with a passion for children, empowers us to help students realize their potential.