We believe every student deserves to reach their potential. The BCD Learning Center coordinates resources and supports the neurodiversity of our student population and teachers in all grades. The Learning Center meets with each grade twice a month to assess individual student needs and partners closely with teachers, students, and parents to clarify whether a child might need acceleration or remediation in any academic area. From there, learning opportunities are provided to enrich and grow high achieving students and provide intervention and academic monitoring to students needing remedial supports.
The Learning Center is staffed with five faculty members who have backgrounds in intervention strategies, literacy, special education (gifted and learning disabilities), as well as certifications in particular modalities such as multicultural and bilingual foundations, Orton-Gillingham, Fountas and Pinnell leveled literacy instruction, Lindamood-Bell, ADHD, among others. Our highly trained Learning Center staff also engage in meaningful coaching practices to aid teachers in effectively differentiating within the classroom. We remain current with appropriate instructional theory, practice, and research, continually seeking innovative and creative approaches to adjust, modify and enrich our curriculum.
The Learning Center supports a variety of pedagogies and grouping strategies, allowing teachers and specialists to individualize goals and tailor instruction for students so that each child may find their excellence at BCD.
In Preschool, the Learning Center assists teachers by collaborating closely to encourage early identification of students with exceptionalities and possible learning needs. The Learning Center also supports classrooms with multisensory early literacy support.
The Learning Center provides full grade literacy staffing in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. K-2nd flooding provides the framework for every student to have small group literacy instruction four days a week. The frame work for these flooding groups is Orton-Gillingham multisensory education. All K-2nd teachers and Learning Center staff have received extensive training in Orton-Gillingham. BCD believes that early intervention for students is the key to lifelong academic success.
In grades 3rd-5th the Learning Center assists teachers by pushing in support during key academic times. This allows for flexible grouping within the classroom depending on the content area being taught to ensure that each child gets the supports they need to achieve that specific task. These groupings are flexible and are designed to support all the learners. Our 5th Grade math program allows for an accelerated math section to meet the needs of our advanced learners.
In Middle School the Learning Center takes a lead role in ensuring a positive transition from 5th to 6th grade. This includes direct instruction on the specific executive functions needed to navigate different teachers, the 1:1 computer program, and increased complexity of academic tasks. The Learning Center also assists students by providing support and extension to those needing so in language arts, math, and managing classwork. These supports are slowly tapered off to provide a guided release of students into high school. The Learning Center also provides every teacher with directed coaching strategies to differentiate curriculum and provide reflective practice to ensure each child’s needs are being met.
BCD academics strive to stay in step with the latest educational research. Our comprehensive reading, writing and math programs help challenge students by spiraling topics, an approach that provides greater opportunity for concept mastery and deeper understanding. From lessons in goal setting to scholastic risk taking to executive processing skills, our highly skilled teachers tailor their instruction to meet each student's specific needs. Furthermore, our dynamic team of learning specialists focuses on the individual, so that all students can discover their own excellence and true academic potential.