Academics

Learning Center

The GPS Learning Center is a welcoming, safe, and student-centered space designed to support teacher instruction, while helping girls recognize their potential in the learning process.


Meet Our Learning Specialists

The GPS Learning Specialists are able and prepared to provide support for all GPS students, including those who have been diagnosed with learning differences. The Learning Specialists support both Middle and Upper School students and serve as a resource for faculty.

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Information is like water—it comes in a variety of forms; learning is about identifying the means by which you need the information to understand it. 

The Executive Functioning Skills Toolbox





Executive functioning skills are those that help students organize, plan, and prioritize. They are responsible for working memory, flexible thinking, and inhibitory control. With the help of the Learning Specialists, GPS students hone skills that will help them succeed in and out of the classroom including: 
  • Time management
  • Self-advocacy
  • Study strategies
  • Planning
  • Organization 
  • Processing 


A Multi-tiered Approach



The Learning Center follows a multi-tiered approach to help girls achieve independence in their learning journeys. In Middle School, in conjunction with the social-emotional skills taught by the GPS Counseling Specialists, Learning Specialists teach executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, and study strategies through various classroom and advisory activities. In addition, girls with learning profiles spend their study halls in the Learning Center so they can receive extra support. They can also take tests and quizzes in the Learning Center.

In Upper School, Learning Specialists serve as liaisons between students and teachers, facilitating conversations and working with students to become their own advocates. They also support students in the classroom, working with small groups to emphasize concepts, answer questions, and offer study strategies.

Understanding Learning Profiles

Defined as a complete picture of a student’s learning preferences, strengths, and challenges, a learning profile helps GPS Learning Specialists build an educational plan around a student who has been diagnosed with a learning disability. Whether she needs help prioritizing projects, scheduling her day, or requires additional testing time, learning plans at GPS focus on student strengths as they work toward their own chosen goals.

The All-Girls Difference

At the Learning Center, girls learn to:
  • Feel comfortable asking questions
  • Advocate for themselves
  • Take risks
  • Talk through questions or concerns
  • Study effectively
  • Plan their schedules
  • Manage their time
“We look at the whole girl. We review her information holistically and really try to meet her where she is and take into account her social-emotional wellbeing as well as her academic performance. Want to make sure she’s emotionally OK before moving forward.”
—Renee Romero, Learning Specialist
“The most satisfying aspect of my job is celebrating small victories with the girls during their journey towards their bigger goals and aspirations.”
—Sarah Clardy, Learning Specialist

Parent Resources

Books
Guare Dawson Guare 
 
Carol Dweck, PhD
 
Websites
Understanding Neurodiversity | Understood.org
 
A Guide to Executive Functioning | Harvard.edu