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An important component of Delaware Valley Friends School’s stated mission is to share its expertise with professionals beyond the school community. 

This section of our website is dedicated to providing research-based resources, information, insight and training opportunities to our professional colleagues, including teachers, graduate students, psychologists, educational consultant, psycho-educational testers, school counselors, and others who work with young people with learning disabilities/differences and their families. You will also find information about our school and program to share with your clients and colleagues.

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  • DVFS English Department Chair, Bill Keeney, featured in an interview this week!

    Posted April 24, 2014

    DVFS English Department Chair Bill Keeney was featured in an April 22 interview by Camp Spring Creek, a summer camp in North Carolina for dyslexic children. In the interview Bill reflects on his journey as a reader and on how his love of literature developed.

    On being an educator and the importance of using proven methods to work with dyslexic students, Bill shares: "...if we all teach all students in explicit, multi-sensory, structured and systematic ways, everyone will learn to read as quickly and as well as they possibly could! My motto is, this isn’t special education, it’s education by specialists—It’s just good teaching.”

    Read the interview with Bill here: http://campspringcreek.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/interview-dr-keeney-hero-award-recipient-more/

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  • Former DVFS Teacher Wins Award for LD Research

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Dr. Alexandra Lauterbach was awarded the Division of Research 2014 Student Research Award on April 11th, 2014 at the Annual Conference for the Council for Exceptional Children in Philadelphia, PA. This award recognizes high-quality research conducted by students in the course of their undergraduate or graduate special education training program. Dr. Lauterbach received this award for her dissertation research entitled "How Expert Secondary Special Education Teachers Conceptualize Teaching Literacy in their Content Area to Students with Learning Disabilities." This study explored expert teacher's perceptions of teaching secondary students with learning differences literacy within their content areas.

    Dr. Lauterbach is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a former social studies and language arts teacher at Delaware Valley Friends School.

    Link to CEC's website for the award.

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  • The Executive Youth: The Critical Role of Strategies in Guiding Academic and Life Success

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Delaware Valley Friends School invites you to a special evening presentation with Dr. Sam Goldstein.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7-9:00 pm at Delaware Valley Friends School

    In his presentation, Dr. Goldstein, co-author of the Comprehensive Executive Functioning Inventory and Handbook of Executive Functioning, will provide an overview of historical and current theories and definitions of executive function. He will discuss the most current research reflecting the core issues that compromise these functions and review behaviors considered characteristic of EF. He will present an overview of an extremely large scale study he and colleagues have completed demonstrating the powerful role strategy plays in determining school performance and behavior. The presentation will conclude with an overview of current strategies and modalities to enhance all students' school success.

    Register here.

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  • Content area reading: Can audio books help LD students access the curriculum?

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Teachers often use audio to support students who struggle with decoding textbooks and reading materials in the content areas. The hope is that the use of audio will minimize the amount of mental energy spent on decoding thus freeing up resources needed to comprehend the content material. Research shows that many struggling students do benefit from the use of audio, but some benefit more than others. What accounts for these variations in outcomes? What other factors should teachers consider when students struggle with content area reading and comprehension? What can a teacher do to ensure that all students experience the full benefits of audio supported content area reading?

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  • Language Structure: A Key to Content Area Comprehension

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Do you have students who can read but struggle to comprehend their science and history textbooks? Why do so many adolescents struggle to comprehend this reading despite the fact that their word recognition skills are on grade level? How can content area teachers support students' reading development while not losing their focus on the curriculum?

    These are the challenges that most content area teachers face as they design their instruction to meet the needs of their students and the Common Core literacy standards. Science, history, and other subjects present major challenges to students, and a great part of the challenge is linguistic. Functional linguists believe that many of these challenges can be solved if students are explicitly taught the language structures that are characteristic of each content area.

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  • DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program Recognized by IMSLEC and IDA

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Teaching professionals at Delaware Valley Friends School developed the DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program to address the needs of students in the middle and high school years with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences for whom mainstream teaching methods have been ineffective.

    The dynamic work being done with teachers and students in the DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program sets Delaware Valley Friends apart as a center for teaching excellence where the best teachers in the LD field want to teach and learn, and where bright students are nurtured and challenged to reach their highest potential.

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  • Claire Wanamaker and Barbara Cahill at the NCTM Conference in Denver, Colorado this past April.

    DVFS Math Teachers Attend NCTM Conference

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Delaware Valley Friends School math teachers Claire Wanamaker, Barbara Cahill, and Caitlin Sullivan-Thompson attended the annual NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Conference this April in Denver, Colorado. The NCTM is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. While at the conference, the DVFS teachers heard several speakers and participated in workshops to learn about new and best practices in teaching secondary mathematics - including how to better use innovative technology in the classroom. Mayim Bialik, Amy on The Big Bang Theory, was the opening speaker.

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  • Rethinking our Definition of Fluency

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Highlighted as one of the five pillars of literacy by the National Reading Panel (2000), fluency instruction is an integral component of any researched based reading curriculum. Lessons that include fluency instruction and assessment are standard practice throughout schools yet “experts still disagree about the precise definition of reading fluency” (Morris & Gaffney, 2011, p. 331). How can it be that experts cannot agree upon this definition when fluency “is often responsible for driving major instructional decisions?” (as cited in Kuhn, Schwanenflugel, Meisinger, 2010, p. 230). If we do not have an agreed upon definition of fluency, how do we know we are assessing it correctly? Are there additional components to fluency that we are not currently assessing and using to inform our instruction? A discussion of recent research answers these questions and seeks to enhance our current instruction and assessment of fluency.

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  • Summer SAT/ACT Prep at DVFS:

    Posted March 14, 2013

    There will be a mandatory orientation for those students who are enrolled in the DVFS summer SAT/ACT prep course. The orientation will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm. Each student must have a parent or guardian attend this meeting as well. Questions: contact Hallie Ciarlone at hallie.ciarlone@dvfs.org

  • DVFS PRESENTS AT NAIS

    Posted March 7, 2013

    NAIS - On Friday, March 1, 2013, a contingent of teachers and students from DVFS presented “Students Teaching Teachers Tech: Cutting-Edge Technologies on Parade” at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

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