October 7, 2020
This week we join our fellow New Jersey schools for the Week of Respect, a week dedicated to bringing awareness to the importance of cultivating a healthy, supportive, safe, and positive school climate through character development and social-emotional learning, all with the goal of sustaining a school void of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. At The Craig School, this work is done by creating a physically, emotionally, and socially safe learning environment that values each person as a contributor, is respectful of our community members, promotes collaboration and communication among families, students, and school staff, and most importantly is modeled by our adult community for students. Students with language-based learning disabilities may struggle with receptive language, which is the ability to understand and comprehend spoken language, as well as expressive language, one’s ability to use words to express themselves. These variables alone may impact a student’s risk of victimization. Additionally, students with learning disabilities who also have secondary or comorbid conditions, such as ADHD, may experience increased social skill challenges, creating a need for focused and intentional social-emotional learning opportunities. We recognize that a school’s work to this end is one of progress, rather than a finished, perfect endeavor. At The Craig School, we are committed to continuing this work. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I am hosting an interactive workshop to dive into the research on bullying, victimization, and students with learning disabilities with brief case studies for discussion, Bullying Behavior and Students with Learning Disabilities: Building Social Emotional Competencies Across School Settings. Join me on October 28th at 7:00 pm for this important topic.
Finally, over the past several months, schooling has looked different than in the past. We kindly ask you to take some time to let us know how we’re doing in our new learning environment and how COVID-19 has affected your experience as a part of our school community. Please complete a short survey NAIS Parent Survey: Learning During the Pandemic by October 31st to help us understand your experience right now. The survey, hosted on the website of the National Association of Independent Schools, takes about 5 minutes to complete and responses help us improve the way we deliver programming and communicate with our community. All responses are anonymous.
Thank you for your partnership and ongoing support of The Craig School community.
Dr. Kara A. Loftin
Head of School