Our Experienced FacultyOur qualified, experienced faculty take the time to discover and understand each student's strengths, challenges, learning styles and goals for the future.
At DVFS, we hire teachers not only for their educational knowledge but for their experience in teaching students with learning differences. Our teachers have spent a significant part of their careers educating students who learn differently. They understand students with learning differences and know how to help them thrive and succeed. This kind of experience and training can make all the difference to a student's success inside the classroom and beyond.
Experience AND Expertise
Our faculty's expertise and experience is unparalleled and unmatched. DVFS is accredited by both IMSLEC & IDA, which are the highest standards in multisensory language & literacy education. This is a strong signal to parents and professionals alike that our reading and writing remediation program has achieved the highest level of teaching and teacher training excellence. Read some faculty stories at the Experience Matters link below:
Adolescent Literacy Program
Our own Orton-Gillingham based program is designed specifically for the adolescent student with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing, working memory, ADHD and executive function challenges. It is diagnostic and prescriptive - constantly evaluating where the student is, what challenges and strengths they are developing, allowing teachers to adjust to changing circumstances. The DVFS program is more flexible than other popular scripted programs.
Our faculty are specialists
Special education teachers in mainstream public or independent schools work with a broad range of learning challenges, and therefore must be generalists. Our faculty are specialists.
At other schools, faculty also do not often have the time or the in-depth training to drill down into literacy skills. If they do, they are more likely to provide accommodations and modifications as opposed to remediation and compensation.
Delivering expertise across the curriculum
As most schools, reading, writing and other language remediation is typically delivered in a pull-out situation - where students are taken out of regularly scheduled classes for an occasional period working with a learning specialist. At DVFS, these skills are taught by every faculty member across the entire curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to apply and adapt their learning strategies to every subject with the support of a trained LD teacher in each class.
Experience really does matter when you are choosing a school to meet the needs of your child with learning differences.
“Other private schools have one learning specialist, whereas every teacher at DVFS is a learning specialist." - DV Parent
"We chose DVFS because our child needs highly trained O-G teachers who understand the learning needs of a child with dyslexia and would prepare our bright child for college." - DV Parent