Silver Oak Montessori High School: Quickly Responding to New Student Needs as They Arise

A school built to foster independent learning adapts its Response to Intervention approach to ensure it meets all students’ needs during remote learning.

Key Lessons:

  • Attempting to re-create a traditional, seven-hour school day during remote learning is overwhelming to both students and teachers. A schedule with more flexible time periods is more amenable.
  • When the special education director holds a leadership role with meaningful sway over schoolwide decision-making, schools are more likely to prioritize the needs of students with disabilities—and, in so doing, adopt practices that help them meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Finding other adults who can pitch in to help make contact with students and identify their needs helps schools communicate with as many families as possible to understand their needs during remote learning.