November 2-4, 2018
Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 

Sunday, November 4 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fixing the Foundation: Focusing on Basic Skills in Rigorous College-Prep Courses

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As a college degree becomes increasingly essential, high schools must ensure that students develop the advanced skills necessary to flourish in a collegiate environment. For students with learning disabilities, the acquisition of higher-level analytical skills must be bolstered by robust work with the foundational building blocks of reading, writing, and math. This presentation will focus on approaches developed at the Wolcott School that address teaching advanced content and critical thinking skills while also remediating gaps in basic skills. Collaborative approaches used by learning specialists in the English and math departments will be shared.

Participants will be able to: explain the importance of basic skills in developing higher-level skills; use strategies to explicitly teach advanced content and skill remediation simultaneously; and develop procedures for increasing collaboration between content-area departments and learning support services.


Ravi Shah, MA

Ravi Shah is head of the mathematics department at the Wolcott School, an independent college-preparatory high school for students with learning disabilities in Chicago. He received his MA in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Southern California and is pursuing an EdD at... Read More →

Claire Walter, MA

Claire Walter obtained a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is head of the English department at Wolcott School.

Daphne Sajous-Brady, PhD

Daphne Sajous-Brady received a doctorate from Northwestern University and is head of Learning Strategies and Director of Student Services at Wolcott School.

Sunday November 4, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm

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