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Department of Learning Services

The Department of Learning Services is committed to helping every girl at Hathaway Brown become an independent learner and meet her academic potential. Learning support is provided in each division by qualified specialists. The department is designed to serve a small number of students in need of academic assistance or with mild disabilities. When a student needs additional support or has a diagnosed disability, Learning Services team members work alongside parents, teachers, and administrators to develop and monitor interventions. In each division, members of the Learning Services Department work with teaching teams to certify eligibility for services, determine reasonable accommodations and supports, as well as develop and implement Accommodation or Action Plans.

The Team

 
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Kristen Leahy
Department of Learning Services
Primary School
Learning Specialist
216.320.8114 (School)
Kelly Stepnowski
Department of Learning Services
Primary School
Reading Specialist
216.320.8796 ext. 7195 (School)
 
 
Alexandra Franceschini
Department of Learning Services
Middle School
Learning Specialist
216.320.8106 (School)
afranceschini@hb.edu
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Eric Wonderly, Ph.D.
Deparment of Learning Services
Psychologist
216.320.8111 (School)

Primary School

Hathaway Brown Primary School - Department of Learning Services

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Information for Primary School Parents

The Primary School Student Support Team (SST) encourages academic growth in every Prime student to help them reach their academic potential. The team works in conjunction with classroom teachers to strategize and promote individual student progress. This team is composed of a Learning Specialist, Reading Specialist, Director of the Primary School, and classroom teachers. The Student Support team meets with parents to share academic information and develop the best plan of support for the student. After agreeing that additional academic support would benefit a student, an Action Plan is developed by the Learning Specialist. The Action plan is reviewed and possibly updated each time the SST meets with parents or at least every year while the student is receiving services. Our specialists offer a wide range of language arts instruction in their work with small groups of students including pull out or push in (in-class) support.

Services Provided - Primary School

  • Systematic multisensory language and reading instruction
  • Direct intervention and instruction for handwriting, written expression, and organization
  • Intervention and instruction from a Reading Specialist and Learning Specialist dedicated to the Primary School.
  • Support is given in small groups using a pull out or push in model.
  • Development and implementation of Action Plans for students receiving support. 
  • Coordination of ongoing consultation with the Student Support Team including faculty and parents.
  • Provide multi-year perspective of students as they move through the Primary School.
  • Admission screening for Prime

Resources/Links

Statement of Confidentiality and Release of Information

The Department of Learning Services is committed to ensuring that all information and communication pertaining to a student’s learning disorder is maintained in a secure and confidential manner.

  • No one will have immediate access to student files. Educational evaluations are considered confidential and will be shared only with others in the HB community who have a legitimate educational interest.
  • Action plans are shared with your child’s classroom teachers and updated as needed or at least every year while the student is receiving support from the Learning Services Team.
  • If a parent wishes to have information about his/her student shared with others outside of Hathaway Brown, parents must provide written authorization to a member of the Learning Services team in order to release the information.

Role of HB's K-12 Learning Specialist

  • Consult directly with parents, students, and faculty
  • Coordinate referrals to tutors and private evaluators
  • Develop and monitor HB Individual Accommodation Plans
  • Serve as a member of the Admissions team
  • Maintain data for overall progress of class cohorts

 

Middle School

Hathaway Brown Middle School - Department of Learning Services

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Information for Middle School Parents

How to qualify for an HB Accommodation Plan

To qualify for an HB plan, a student must have a disability or learning disorder which has been shown to adversely impact her educational performance. Written documentation that includes a diagnosis must be on file with the division Learning Specialist. If accommodations are being requested for a behavioral, learning, or language disorder, results from a comprehensive evaluation, including test scores and interpretation, must be submitted. Each child’s educational team will determine appropriate accommodations.


How to document a disability

The documentation must include:
  • Qualification of the Evaluator
  • Functional limitations
  • Clearly stated specific diagnosis (test results in written report signed by qualified evaluator must be included for behavioral, language, or learning disorder)

Services Provided - Middle School

  • Option for Learning Strategies class in lieu of Foreign Language, taught by Learning Specialist
  • Direct intervention with students via instructional support provided both in and out of the classroom
  • Transition support for students rising out of Prime or into Upper School
  • Academic and behavioral observations and assessments

Resources/Links

Statement of Confidentiality and Release of Information

  • The Department of Learning Services is committed to ensuring that all information and communication pertaining to a student’s learning disorder is maintained in a secure and confidential manner.
  • No one will have immediate access to student files. Educational evaluations are considered confidential and will be shared only with others in the HB community who have a legitimate educational interest. Learning Services provides a written Summary of the evaluation within the Accommodation Plan. Accommodation plans are shared with your child’s classroom teachers. 
  • If a parent wishes to have information about his/her student shared with others outside of the institution, parents must provide written authorization to Learning Services to release the information
  • Electronic storage (password protected, secure server)
  • HB Accommodation Plans will be stored for 10 years.

Role of HB's K-12 Learning Specialist

  • Consult directly with parents, students, and faculty
  • Coordinate referrals to tutors and private evaluators
  • Develop and monitor HB Individual Accommodation Plans
  • Serve as a member of the Admissions team
  • Maintain data for overall progress of class cohorts

Upper School

Hathaway Brown Upper School - Department of Learning Services

INFORMATION | SERVICES | RESOURCES | CONFIDENTIALITY | K-12 LEARNING SPECIALIST

Information for Middle School Parents

How to qualify for an HB Accommodation Plan

To qualify for an HB plan, a student must have a disability or learning disorder which has been shown to adversely impact her educational performance. Written documentation that includes a diagnosis must be on file with the division Learning Specialist. If accommodations are being requested for a behavioral, learning, or language disorder, results from a comprehensive evaluation, including test scores and interpretation, must be submitted. Each child’s educational team will determine appropriate accommodations.


How to document a disability

The documentation must include:
  • Qualification of the Evaluator
  • Functional limitations
  • Clearly stated specific diagnosis (test results in written report signed by qualified evaluator must be included for behavioral, language, or learning disorder)

Services Provided - Upper School

  • Administration of classroom assessments accommodations, including Extended Time and Alternate Location Testing
  • Schoolwide Testing Coordination
    • PSAT
    • ACT Special Testing
    • AP Testing
    • Cambridge Admissions
    • College Board Services for Students with Disabilities

Resources/Links

Statement of Confidentiality and Release of Information

  • The Department of Learning Services is committed to ensuring that all information and communication pertaining to a student’s learning disorder is maintained in a secure and confidential manner.
  • No one will have immediate access to student files. Educational evaluations are considered confidential and will be shared only with others in the HB community who have a legitimate educational interest. Learning Services provides a written Summary of the evaluation within the Accommodation Plan. Accommodation plans are shared with your child’s classroom teachers. 
  • If a parent wishes to have information about his/her student shared with others outside of the institution, parents must provide written authorization to Learning Services to release the information
  • Electronic storage (password protected, secure server)
  • HB Accommodation Plans will be stored for 10 years.

Role of HB's K-12 Learning Specialist

  • Consult directly with parents, students, and faculty
  • Coordinate referrals to tutors and private evaluators
  • Develop and monitor HB Individual Accommodation Plans
  • Serve as a member of the Admissions team
  • Maintain data for overall progress of class cohorts

Student Disability Nondiscrimination Policy

  • Hathaway Brown does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, including against applicants or members of their families, students or members of their families.
  • Applicants and students with disabilities and members of their families have an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations provided by Hathaway Brown.
  • Hathaway Brown does not deny admission to or disenroll a child on the basis of the child's disability, or because Hathaway Brown regards the child as having a disability.
  • Hathaway Brown will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures when the modifications are reasonably necessary to afford goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
  • Requests for reasonable modifications should be directed to a member of the School’s professional staff so that they may be given prompt and appropriate consideration.

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19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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