Wasatch Academy Background Info.

Kim CarterPrivate School

A theme that has emerged in my work with teachers, administrators, and various institutions is that integrating Schools Attuned comprehensively at various levels can be challenging. As the SA program is designed specifically to include tools for integration at the student, classroom, and school levels, many participants leave their core course feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of immediate integration… Let … Read More

Student Assistance Team

Kim CarterSA

Our school utilized the Schools Attuned management binder resource to help us in coming up with strategies for students who were sent to the Student Assistance Team. As our school switches over to more research based interventions that must be documented and graphed to show growth or not, we are using the interventions in the binder as Tier I strategies … Read More

Schools Attuned Fair

Kim CarterSchools Attuned Fair

During our last week of school the third graders put on the Schools Attuned Fair for the upcoming second graders. Although this is usually supposed to be presented to parents, we decided to try something new. We learned about the constructs throughout the year and then spent the last three weeks reveiwing and learning the specific lessons for the fair. … Read More

Understanding and Accepting

Kim CarterDemystification, Exams

Last week I completed the exam accommodation schedule for our students at Forman School. It was enlightening to see that students who were once resistant to taking an exam in the library for a distraction free environment or in the computer lab where they would have access to a word processor to compose essays were now readily signing up for … Read More

What’s next?

Kim CarterCollege Prep

As our school year closes and the seniors graduate I ask the question “What’s next for them”. Having been taught to advocate for themselves, and with the majority of them being demystified, I ask if the college world will understand that students with learning disorders still require support. Fortunately the majority of the senior class members have chosen colleges and … Read More

Teacher Buy In

Kim CarterTeachers

I’ve been talking to folks outside of the Forman community about how we get teachers to buy in to Schools Attuned. I find this a fascinating topic. So often, those who are closest to the point of impact for students who learning differently serve as advocates who champion the cause. Some classroom teachers respond by explaining that they are not … Read More

“The Language”

Kim CarterLanguage, Learning Specialists

Since our intensive training in the Schools Attuned Program, Subject Specialist Path, which earned faculty a certificate two summers ago, all Learning Specialists at Forman School now use the neurodevelopmental terms in the Learning Profile write-ups which they compose for each of their students before classes begin. This one page Learning Profile provides a “snapshot” of the student that includes … Read More

AKOM Private v Public

Kim CarterPrivate School, Testing

My role at Forman School, a private school for bright college bound learning disabled students centers on bringing two different playing fields together. A percentage of our students are funded by their local school districts. I have to deal with the districts, attorneys, advocates and parents. One issue that surfaced with regard to public schools deals with classification. I was … Read More