A Community of Learners

Parker’s Learning Resources Department supports JK–12 students with learning differences throughout the school. This support changes as the student progresses through different grade levels. We provide instructional support inside and outside the classroom; conduct informal assessments when necessary and implement appropriate recommendations; and, as necessary, monitor students inside and outside the classroom. We encourage students to become active, independent learners by helping them understand and communicate their learning styles, as well as by teaching them strategies that will work best for them. In these ways, we strive to help students become effective self-advocates.

We consult with teachers and advisors about students in their classrooms. Prior to making a recommendation for a formal evaluation, we talk with teachers and parents about the student’s learning style. Once a formal evaluation has been completed, we share information and support teachers in implementing classroom recommendations. We further assist teachers in understanding diagnostic evaluations. We also offer instructional support in classroom settings and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities.

Serving as liaisons between home and school, we aim to help parents understand and address their children’s challenges, providing outside referrals for testing, tutoring, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy or in-house counseling. We guide families through the assessment process and help them interpret diagnostic data. In addition, we assist parents in setting realistic expectations for themselves and their children by making recommendations regarding schedules, home routines, summer programs and other educational opportunities.
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.