Learning Support

At Marvelwood, we are committed to the belief that every student learns differently, and that these differences are to be appreciated and accommodated through a combination of intensively targeted efforts on the part of the faculty to make even the most challenging college preparatory curricula accessible to students of all abilities, talents, interests and learning styles. Our unique Learning Support programs provide the tools that help students with learning challenges experience academic success, increase self-confidence, and acquire strong learning and self-advocacy skills needed in college and beyond. Students at every level of ability are encouraged to participate actively in their studies, practice self-advocacy, and accept guidance from the professionals with whom they interact every day.

We offer optional Learning Support programs for a wide range of academic challenges including those related to:

  • Executive function skills
  • Language-based skills (reading, writing, verbal expression)
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Processing speed
  • Working memory

The newly-refurbished Clark Center for Learning Support houses our Learning Support program. 

Learning Support Programs

Strategies I

One-on-one tutorial support for students with documented learning differences and academic weaknesses in multiple areas. Students in Strategies I meet individually with their teacher on a daily basis, focusing on academic support for content classes, preview and review of homework, use of assistive technology, and instruction/strengthening of reading, writing, organizational and study skills.  Individualized support is also available for students with documented math differences.  

Stategies II

Small-group support designed to improve and support students' overall achievement as they move toward increased academic independence. Students meet daily with a teacher in groups of no more than four, and focus on organizational and time management, metacognition and self-awareness, language and math skills, learning theories, and stress and anxiety management.

Orton-Gillingham Intensive

A program of daily intensive language remediation, incorporating one period of Orton-Gillingham instruction and a separate period of appropriate supplemental academic support.  (see below for more information about Orton-Gillingham)

Connections Program

In the Connections Program, students work collaboratively with a coach to strengthen social-emotional competency skills. In a one-on-one setting, the coach and student explore topics including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Each student has an individualized program that is designed around the student’s strengths and challenges. The coach works with the faculty and staff to maximize the level of support that the student is provided. Our goal is for all of our students to develop skills that will enable them to feel connected to and a valued part of the Marvelwood community as well as the social world in which we live.



EmPOWER Writing® and Brain Frames®

EmPOWER, a highly visual, research-based system for supporting students' development as writers, is an intrinsic part of our academic program. All Marvelwood teachers use EmPOWER to support students on many levels, including organizing and visualizing new information, taking notes, and planning writing assignments. Following the EmPOWER process, students produce graphic organizers, called Brain Frames, to help them capture and organize their knowledge and thinking. Brain Frames can be easily applied to many aspects of learning, from writing to test preparation, across all subject areas. Developing and utilizing EmPOWER strategies helps to increase student independence and ownership of their writing and learning.

Architects for Learning, the creators of EmPOWER, describe it as "an instructional routine for teaching expository writing in all grades and school subjects. It incorporates a set of strategies for navigating the writing process within six steps that build on one another in a flexible and dynamic way...Teachers weave its steps and strategies through their own curriculum to meet their own unique writing instruction goals. With EmPOWER in the classroom, writing takes its rightful place as a vehicle for inquiry, higher-level thinking, and learning, and empowers teachers to take their students where they want them to go as writers."

For more information about any of our Learning Support programs, please contact Learning Support Department Chair Sandy Singco

860-927-0047 ext 1040

There is an additional fee for enrollment in our Learning Support programs.

Fee Schedule

Marvelwood has expanded its support for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences through a partnership with the Kildonan organization.

Kildonan School, which closed its Amenia, NY campus in 2019, made its reputation through programming specifically designed for students with dyslexia.  In 2020, Marvelwood announced an advantageous partnership with the Kildonan organization to strengthen our programming and support of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. 

Instructors trained through the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute are now part of the Clark Center for Learning Support staff, employing Orton-Gillingham (OG) -- a structured, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and writing -- to support students with language-based learning challenges.

Learn more about Kildonan programs and support for students with dyslexia at Marvelwood.

Imagine a place of possibility...

The mission of The Marvelwood School’s Learning Support Department is to provide the support and tools that students with learning differences need in order to experience academic success, increase self-confidence, and acquire strong learning and self-advocacy skills needed in college and beyond. Students at every level of ability are encouraged to participate actively in their studies, practice self-advocacy, and accept guidance from the professionals with whom they interact every day. Our faculty collaborate closely with all other departments at Marvelwood to ensure that the skills students adopt in Learning Support class support the mainstream class curricula in a timely, informed and seamless manner. We aim to identify and remediate weaknesses in basic skills, to support a student's efforts in content classes through the use of specific learning strategies or assistive technology, and to fill in the gaps which may present an impediment to success in college preparatory coursework. Ultimately, the goal of the Learning Support Department is to use a scaffolded program model to gradually move students toward full independence, where they use all the skills and resources at their disposal without teacher prompting to achieve and maintain academic success.



The Marvelwood Learning Support Department

Amanda DeMaria

Amanda DeMaria

Associate College Counselor
Wendi Love

Wendi Love

Director of Student Activities, Freshman Academy Coordinator
Liza Maizel

Liza Maizel

Associate Dean of Students, Wellness Coordinator, Summit Dorm Head, Assistant Director of Athletics
Erin Powers-Stockl M.S. Ed.

Erin Powers-Stockl M.S. Ed.

Associate Level Orton-Gillingham Certification
Sandra Singco

Sandra Singco

Chair, Learning Support Department, Connections Program Coordinator, Orton-Gillingham, Classroom Educator
Kathleen Stewart

Kathleen Stewart

Kildonan Executive Director, Orton Gillingham Fellow
Joanna Tucker P'19

Joanna Tucker P'19

Star Dorm Head, Co-Community Service Director
Joanie Yahn

Joanie Yahn

Orton-Gillingham, Associate Level

Virtual Info Session: Academics & Learning Support

Learn more about our customized curriculum and support for all types of learners, including students with dyslexia and other language based learning difference. 

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