Dyslexia News & Blog

Welcome to the Dyslexia News & Blog by Carroll School. Here you will find the latest news and resources from Carroll and beyond about education, dyslexia, and data-informed instruction for educating the whole child.

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Carroll Connection 2019-2020 - The Journey
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Carroll Connection 2019-2020

Carroll’s vibrant community collaboratively pens the school’s journey story. Each student, alumnus, parent, and teacher brings a unique perspective to this shared journey and the mile markers along the way. In this edition of Carroll Connection, we hear from our community about their journey before, during, and after Carroll School.

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Distance Learning: Creating a New Normal during COVID-19 Social Distancing
Amy Dempster

For over 50 years, Carroll School has been a place of hope and commitment to student progress. When faced with the COVID-19 outbreak and the move to social distancing, we've had to move quickly to create a new normal for our community (faculty, staff, students, families). There was no doubt that each decision carefully weighed and considered would focus on our core value to give each child exactly what they need. Here are a few examples of the steps we've taken to get distance learning going.

Larry Brown Receives Prestigious Alice H. Garside Award
Amy Dempster

On February 29, 2020, Larry Brown was honored by the International Dyslexia Association Massachusetts Branch and presented with the prestigious Alice H. Garside Award for his steadfast efforts to support the social and emotional resilience of students with dyslexia. The award was established in 1985 by Dr. Edwin Cole to honor individuals who make outstanding contributions in dyslexia.

Dyslexia Education: Strengths-Based or Remedial
Steve Wilkins, Head of School Blog

Educational philosophies about children with dyslexia can seem in conflict at times. Is dyslexia a curse or a gift? In this blog, I will attempt to reconcile two seemingly opposed views of dyslexia. One supports the notion that dyslexics have special talents that are simply better than those of typical learners. The other view pursues the notion of neuroplasticity and a more complete remediation of that which underlies the challenges of dyslexia.

Teaching Kids about the Brain and Neuroscience
Steve Wilkins, Head of School Blog

The fourth grade at Carroll has made a deep commitment to learning about how the human brain functions. Yes, you heard it right. Fourth grade. Nine and Ten year olds. Teacher Jamie Matthews and her fourth grade colleagues are dedicated to this work. Why is it important to teach young kids about neuroscience and how their brain works? Read on.

Heather Ahern - Upper School Teacher at Carroll School
Amy Dempster

At Carroll, our faculty think differently ... so they can give each child what they most need, ensuring every child has a clear path to unlocking their potential. This year, we are chatting with various teachers to uncover how they approach teaching and are making a difference in the lives of Carroll students. Today, we chat with Heather Ahern, Upper School language arts teacher and alumni parent.

Carroll Alumni - Greg O'Brien and Erin McNulty
Celebration of Philanthropy, Sep 2019

Carroll alumni are many and varied. We appreciate Erin McNulty ’09 and Greg O’Brien ’99 sharing where they are in their lives now, how Carroll shaped them, and what they believe are their dyslexic strengths.

Stand-up Comedy Class at Carroll School
Adam Brooks, Performing Arts Teacher

This fall, eleven 8th graders spent a month exploring the world of comedy: not only what makes things funny, but how to bring the funny themselves. Half the term (2 weeks) is devoted to sketch comedy, and the other half is devoted to stand-up. While both halves are immense amount of fun, the real magic happens during the stand-up. Read about their experience.

Faculty Who Think Differently - Kelly Sampar
Amy Dempster

At Carroll, our faculty think differently ... so they can give each child what they most need, ensuring every child has a clear path to unlocking their potential. This year, we are chatting with various teachers to uncover how they approach teaching and are making a difference in the lives of Carroll students. Today, we chat with Kelly Sampar, 5th grade science teacher.

Michael Kmetz, Carroll's Athletic Director, at Fall Festival
Amy Dempster

Carroll School's athletics program is an integral part of the student experience at our Middle and Upper schools. Just walk around campus and you'll see evidence of Hawk pride - sports shirts being worn, equipment propped against lockers waiting to be used, fields being mowed for the day's game. None of this would be possible without the dedication of Carroll's Athletic Director - Mike Kmetz.




Steve Wilkins, Head of School Blog


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