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Faculty Instruction

Woodlynde's expert faculty are both seasoned professionals and more recent graduates, meaning they are well-versed in working with students who learn differently and are immersed in the latest evidence-based teaching methods. All are invaluable resources to their colleagues as well as to the classroom experience, and all are engaged in extensive professional development to continuously hone their knowledge, skills, and passion for working with Woodlynde students.


Teaching Methods

Woodlynde maintains a high standard of excellence in all that it does, with a commitment to providing the latest in PROVEN instructional methods listed below.

Multi-Sensory Instruction

Multi-sensory teaching in grades K-12 engages students in their own learning experiences by allowing them to learn through a combination of senses; students see, say, hear, write, and feel what they are learning.

Learning Profiles

Individual learning profiles are shared between teachers, learning specialists, school counselors, administrators, and parents and continually document the learning strategies proven to support student success.
“Woodlynde's multi-sensory approach to teaching enables students to learn in a way that suits their individual needs. The teachers create an environment where our children can thrive."
– Michelle Ventriglia P'19

Metacognition

Learning how one learns is a very empowering thing for students at Woodlynde School. It puts students' strengths and challenges into the appropriate context, and it clarifies that they are indeed intelligent, talented individuals who simply learn in their own unique way. The individual strategies they need to apply to turn their differences into positive learning outcomes are also a part of Metacognition, with each class led by one of Woodlynde's expert learning specialists.

Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based way of teaching that offers practical strategies for bringing together social-emotional and academic learning throughout the day. The approach is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Each morning, students in grades K-5 participate in morning meeting. During this time, students practice the skills of greeting, listening and responding, group problem-solving, and noticing and anticipating.

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction ensures that each student receives the academic and social guidance needed at each stage in their education.

Wilson Reading System®

Wilson Reading System® is a multi-sensory, research-based method for teaching reading. It follows a systematic and cumulative approach that addresses encoding and decoding for total word structure, oral reading fluency, and comprehension. Wilson Reading System®, including Wilson® Fundations, and Wilson Read Naturally® are used daily in FOUNDATIONS and Lower School and as needed in grades 6-12.

Featured Learning Strategy

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  • Keep Calm and Study On

    By Mrs. Wilson, 9th Grade Learning Specialist
    With final exams quickly approaching, it’s a good time to remind students that active study strategies are scientifically proven to be more effective and efficient in moving the information they are studying into their long term memory more quickly. Active learning strategies require the student to engage with, interact with, critically think about, manipulate, and elaborate on learned information. Passive learning strategies, such as rote learning with flash cards, while frequently used by students, do not lead to a better understanding of material.
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Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.