Learning Support Services
The Lower School learning specialist works closely with students, teachers, parents, and administration to support the development of students' skills. The specialist serves as a member of a child study team which is composed of the Head of School, Lower School Head, the psychologist, and the teachers. The team meets on a regular basis to discuss individual students as well as to review educational issues and current research.
The learning specialist assists with the implementation of curriculum and presents workshops to teachers and parents on topics such as child development, reading across the grades, brain research, and testing.
In addition to small group instruction, the specialist works with teachers to evaluate children and to determine appropriate educational strategies. She is the liaison between St. Luke's and outside educational consultants, and she serves as a resource for parents to answer questions about child development and learning.
The school psychologist meets weekly with both division heads and learning specialists to discuss the social-emotional needs of children. She consults with teachers, parents, and administration on a range of issues and does classroom observations. She runs small time-limited groups around social issues, and leads the weekly Banana Splits meetings, a group for students whose parents are separated or divorced, or where one parent is deceased. She is the liaison with outside therapists and evaluators.