Dear TPS Families,
Greetings from the learning resources team, and welcome back to a new school year. We are excited to delve into a year filled with rich themes, community activities, and collaboration with unit teams across the school.
At The Philadelphia School, we understand that children learn in unique and varied ways. Our primary role as the learning resources team is to support our school-wide approach to differentiated instruction and to help teachers meet all learners where they are. Generally, we support teachers by assisting with instructional planning for whole-class group dynamics, assessing students, and providing small-group instruction to those who need additional differentiated support.
The first six weeks of school are important in the life of a child. Classroom teachers are acclimating their students to routines, establishing classroom contracts, and generating their learning goals for the year. During this time, learning specialists are making observations, meeting with teachers, and assessing students who were in our program last year.
Recommendations for additional differentiated support will be made by our staff, in collaboration with classroom teachers, by mid-October. If your child was in our program last year, you will receive correspondence from learning resources staff; new recommendations for support will be communicated to parents/guardians by a classroom teacher.
Members of the learning resources team will be present at various school functions throughout the year. We have forged a partnership with the parent-led BUILDS committee (Building Understanding about Intelligences, Learning Differences, and Styles), and we host parent talks through that forum. We look forward to working with TPS families this year.
Aminah S. Finney, Learning Resources Coordinator/ Language arts support (3-8)
Abbie Segal-Andrews, School Psychologist
Emily Weiss, School Psychologist
Lauren Aebischer, Math specialist (K-3)
Abby Gordon, Math Specialist (4-8)
Becca Robinson, Reading Specialist (K-2)