Because every child learns at his or her own pace, we are constantly adjusting or lessons and activities to meet individual needs. We frequently work to keep up with a child advanced in some skills, reading for example. We spend extra time and patience with children who are learning a skill more slowly. We will consult the family and outside professionals when a child seems to need special help.
Teacher Training: The Learning Tree has a clearly defined staff training policy. All head teachers have Montessori training that includes one year of course work and one year of supervised internship. Other staff have college degrees, early childhood training or are enrolled in local college programs. Weekly staff meetings take place that include at least once / month formal training. All staff are required, (and compensated), for a minimum of 12 hours of additional training annually: which includes outside workshops, college coursework or reading and reporting on books and articles. Staff members participate in a multi-week Positive Discipline Training program. (The school discipline policy is based on Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, Prima; co-authored by Roslyn Duffy.) Finally, all staff are trained annually in CPR, First Aid, Earthquake preparedness, AIDS training, Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Anti-Bias Curriculum. (Excerpted from school website)