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Why We Focus on Remediation, Not Just Accommodation

Dr. Susan Autry
Academic Supervisor

We are often asked about the difference between remediation and accommodation and why we focus on remediation at Oakwood.  The short answer is that we believe that our students have the ability to learn when their specific learning needs are addressed and the teaching targets their learning challenges and helps them understand who they are as learners.  The long answer involves much more!

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For over 50 years Oakwood School has been transforming the lives of students who learn differently.

Back in 1971 when Oakwood was created, founders Bob and Mary McIntyre had the desire and expertise to help children with learning differences.  However, they had no budget, and no space in which to teach. 

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Our mission at Oakwood is to provide a “multisensory educational program in which students with learning differences are guided to achieve their unique academic and social potential in a nurturing community environment.” (Oakwood Mission 2021)

But how do you stay true to this mission while navigating a myriad of COVID restrictions such as social distancing, wearing masks, adding air filtrations systems, and other measures?

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Participants at the groundbreaking with shovels and hard hats

Recently, Oakwood held the official groundbreaking for a major expansion and enhancement project.  The plans include a complete renovation of the current facility and the addition of a new gym, classrooms, breakout and multipurpose spaces, and a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) area. 

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The Foundation of Oakwood

Lane McIntyre, Head of School

Everything in life benefits from a solid foundation. Whether it is the homes we live in or the skills we use in our daily lives - they all are built upon a foundation set years ago.

50 years ago, Oakwood was built on the foundation of great people with great hearts who genuinely wanted to help others to grow and learn and succeed

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Holding Hope

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., Oakwood School Counselor

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. --- Desmond Tutu

This month at Oakwood School, we are reflecting on the idea of hope. Hope is the belief that things can get better in the future, that there are good things ahead, and that something you want to happen will or can happen. 

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Oakwood Does What it Takes

Lane McIntyre, Head of School

This year has been like no other in our 50-year history. Over the past year, we have been faced with more challenges than ever before.  From remote learning last spring -- where we had a crash course on ZOOM -- to the current school year where we have navigated the challenges of physical distancing and mask-wearing.

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Oakwood's Story

Lane McIntyre, Head of School

The Early Years...

I don’t really have any memories from before Oakwood was founded.  It has basically always existed in my mind. The year was 1971, and I was six years old when my parents, Bob and Mary McIntyre, founded what we now know as Oakwood School.

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Keep Doing What You’re Doing!

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., Oakwood School Counselor

Over the summer, I worried a lot about our students. I wasn’t sure what life had been like for them since we left school or how COVID had impacted their families. I could imagine, but didn’t know what kind of trauma, grief, or anxiety the children would be bringing back with them when they returned to school. I wondered if the kids would show up at Oakwood, manifesting COVID stress as visible angst or acting out.

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Importance of Early Identification of Learning and Reading Difficulties

Jeanine Cyrwus, M.Ed., CAGS
Academic Coordinator, Reading/Language Arts

What are learning disabilities? Learning disabilities are caused by differences in brain function that affect how a person’s brain processes information. They are not an indication of a person's intelligence; people with learning disabilities are just as bright as others.

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