“Every block of stone has a statue in it and it is the task of the sculptor is to discover it.” - Michelangelo
Every child is a unique learner and develops at his or her own pace. The goal of our “seamless support” model is to understand each student’s needs and help him or her thrive. Whether the need is enrichment or remediation, we use continuous assessment of a student’s progress in the learning goals of the classroom so that we can address needs as soon as they arise.
The Dean of Student Learning oversees the coordination of support services across the academic and social-emotional domains. We are fortunate to have learning specialists in each community who consult with teachers on differentiation, remediation, and enrichment, and who also provide direct service to students. At Hillel, we use a variety of support strategies, including helping students both in and out of the classroom depending on the individual student’s need. We also have a school-wide support program where teachers are scheduled to assist in other teachers’ classrooms. Many times, you can find three teachers supporting one classroom! A similar model is used in our Judaic studies classes, with a learning specialist responsible for Hebrew language (Ivrit) support.
We are also fortunate to have two social workers on staff to address the social-emotional needs of our students. We work hard to be proactive, and positive behavior support is accomplished through school-wide and individualized interventions. Our social workers are also able to provide support in and out of the classroom. Direct support through skill-building groups and individual support is also available when the need arises. Through all of these services, along with our tremendous curriculum and teaching staff, our students learn to become mensches who are passionate, responsible, engaged, and innovative Jewish youngsters.