Helping parents navigate the new normal for kids with learning differences
Anne Glass, Head of School


With most families sheltered in place these last few months, working from home, and managing their children's new online learning demands, everyone involved has felt overwhelming stress and dislocation. This may be the first time parents observed their child "doing" school in real-time. Teachers have heroically stepped up to accommodate to this new model of curriculum delivery and reconstruction of classroom culture. The pivot is perhaps even more challenging for those educating students with learning differences.

Purnell School, a college preparatory boarding school for girls who learn differently, where I am Head of School, has just completed our semester of distance learning. We successfully transitioned our interdisciplinary Learning and Wellness® approach and all academics and student life programs to virtual platforms.

As the semester comes to a close, many parents are wondering how to keep their children engaged over the summer and what the fall will bring. Sharing our top lessons as parents figure out what's next for their family.


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