Serving a community of twice exceptional learners (2e) requires a highly adaptive approach and a flexible mind-set. Our staff has demonstrated their abilities to differentiate for a wide spectrum of learning differences for nearly a decade, continuously improving their practices based on factual evidence, the latest research, and the emergence of new tools. Our ten year know-how about differentiation for gifted students with learning differences meant that — as Lizzy Widdicombe pointed out in her New Yorker article — the Lang school was uniquely positioned for a world that desperately needed high quality distance learning.
Due to our success in rapidly translating our rigorous differentiated curriculum and learning to an online platform, the Lang School has decided to open up a permanent virtual branch so that we can extend our services to 2e learners across the United States and beyond.
A successful virtual learning environment is one where you can interact with teachers and peers live and the virtual aspect becomes not an obstacle but an enhancement. Our school day is structured similarly to our on-site learning. In the Lower School students learn in live sessions with their peers through the day, taking movement breaks as needed, joining breakout sessions to work on specific projects or skills, and attending weekly sessions with their therapists just as the would on-site.
For 6–12 graders, our Virtual Upper School follows a similar block-based schedule to our regular Upper School. Students are accelerated in subjects where they have shown aptitude and proficiency, working in live sessions along ability peers rather than age peers. At the end of their day during Basis, students work one-on-one or in small groups with teachers across all subjects to receive further academic acceleration or needed remediation.