The Eton Approach®

With over 30 years of serving the community of students who learn differently in the Greater Detroit region, Eton has developed and systematized methodologies used through multi-sensory instruction based on the neurodevelopmental constructs of learning into the Eton Approach®.

This approach to serving students who learn differently delivers high-quality, individualized instruction that anchors students in their strengths and works with each student's unique learning profile to move them forward in their education, teach them to self-advocate, and give them skills to cultivate success for life.

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  • 1. Personalized Educational Program

    Educating students with reading, attention and other learning challenges requires something different ... personalization.
    • Eton's Personalized Educational Program provides students with an unparalleled level of individualization.
    • Eton's curriculum, teaching methodologies, along with the specific assessments used throughout the Personalized Educational Program, result in curriculum and instruction designed specifically for each Eton student.
    • Personalization is not only what we do at Eton, it's how we do it, too.

  • 2. Student Learning Portfolio

    By knowing and understanding a student fully, we can provide the personalized education that the Eton Approach® demands; this begins with the Student Learning Portfolio, which functions as a repository of information about each student, and includes: 

    - Eton's Brain-based, Whole-Child Approach:
    • Applying the science of the brain to learning
    • Using a neurodevelopmental lens
    • Essential psycho-educational testing results
    • Social-Emotional needs assessments
    • Sensory sensitivity needs
    - Individualized learning goals
    - Keys to their success
    - Reading and math assessments

    The Student Learning Portfolio serves as the basis for Student Learning Goals, developed for each student by teachers and directors.
  • 3. Student Learning Goals & Reports

    Seeing the big-picture allows for greater focus.To this end, the Eton Approach® incorporates the use of Student Learning Goals -- three to six broad-reaching goals, specific to each student.

    • Student Learning Goals, when achieved, will lead to greater academic success.
    • Student Learning Goals are based on the Student Learning Portfolio and the Personalized Educational Program.
    • Student Learning Goals meetings (held weekly) allow directors, teachers and advisors to discuss students' progress -- ensuring that short-term progress points towards long-term Learning Goals achievement.
    • Comprehensive assessments of each student as it relates to his or her Learning Goals are provided to parents through Learning Goals Reports.
  • 4. Student Progress & Reports

    Breaking down larger goals into daily progress is an effective way to measure success. This is why Eton provides parents with Student Progress Reports.

    • Student Progress is assessed on a weekly basis, reflecting daily activities.
    • Student Progress Reports are provided to parents on a regular basis and include opportunities to partner for parent input.
    • Student Progress Reports provide a brief summary of the student's general performance.
  • 5. Annual Student Portfolio Review

    Personalization hinges upon a continuous understanding of each student and his or her subsequent plan for learning. To ensure we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about each student's learning needs, the Eton Approach® incorporates an Annual Student Portfolio Review.

    • The Annual Student Portfolio Review is a multi-day review process conducted in the spring each year.
    • Directors, teachers and advisors perform a thorough review of each Student Portfolio, including the student's classroom work, Student Learning Goals and progress in school.
    • The resulting information is the basis for Student Learning Goals for the following school year.
  • 6. Specialized Teacher Training

    With many scientific developments, the field of educating students with learning challenges is ever-changing.

    • Our teachers must keep up with the latest research and trends to determine if any changes or modifications need to be made to the Eton Approach®.
    • Eton provides robust teacher training and professional development for faculty and staff on an ongoing basis.
    • In addition, Eton offers numerous parent education opportunities such as LD training, guest speakers, informal group conversation and a Community Resource Room filled with materials for parent check-out.
  • 7. Teacher Advisor / Student Advisee

    The key to achieving success often lies in having strong support and sage advice. Eton Academy's Teacher Advisors serve this crucial role.

    • Teacher Advisors build positive relationships with their Student Advisees and pave the way for progress in student learning, self-awareness and self-confidence.
    • Eton teachers serve as advisors to approximately seven to 10 students throughout the school year.
    • Advisors also serve as a point of contact for parents and deliver formal assessments of each Student Advisee's progress and achievement towards reaching their goals.
  • 8. Parent Partnership

    You know your child better than anyone. That's why, at Eton, the parent partnership is a critical part of the Eton Approach®.

    • Teachers, directors and administrators seek parent perspectives as they develop and refine the Eton educational experience for students.
    • Teachers engage in proactive communication with parents frequently.
    • One form of communication is through parent-teacher conferences.
      • Four parent-teacher conferences occur throughout the year -- early and late fall, winter and spring.
      • During these meetings, a thorough discussion of the Student Learning Portfolio and Student Learning Goals takes place.