Academics

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 ApproachTM.

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: 
      • A neurodevelopmental profile of each student.
      • Individualized learning goals.
      • Essential psycho-educational testing results.
      • 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 ApproachTM 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.