Academics

The Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center provides resources for strategic learning for all students. As students move from the middle school to the high school years, the demands of a rigorous curriculum shift from merely knowing information to synthesizing, analyzing, and manipulating information in increasingly new and complex ways. Strong students recognize the need to develop a strategic approach to their academic life in high school and beyond, and the faculty in the Teaching and Learning Center possess a range of skills geared towards helping students optimize their academic experience at Porter's.

Students generally choose to consult a faculty member in the Teaching and Learning Center for guidance in developing effective and efficient strategies for time management and planning, writing and pre-writing, quantitative skill development, organization, studying, and test-taking. Faculty are available for a quick drop-in meeting, a series of appointments around a particular assignment or subject, or a standing appointment for students seeking ongoing coaching or instruction in a specific strategy.

In addition to the faculty working in the Teaching and Learning Center, we offer evening drop-in support through our TLC Fellows program. We have a number of carefully selected student Fellows who are trained to offer support and guidance in writing, math and science, and foreign language.

The Teaching and Learning Center manages the academic accommodations process for students with a diagnosed disability. The School maintains a policy on determining eligibility for academic accommodations at Miss Porter's School, and a policy on applications for accommodations on standardized testing. Families interested in pursuing academic accommodations either at school or for college entrance exams should follow the guidelines laid out in the curriculum guide.


What we're reading:

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter C. Brown (Author), Henry L. Roediger III (Author), Mark A. McDaniel

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser 

Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits
by Peg Dawson (Author), Richard Guare (Author)

List of 2 members.

  • Rebecca Plona 

    Miss Porter's School
    Director of the Teaching and Learning Center
    860-409-3669
    Middlebury College - B.A.
    Boston University - M.Ed
    Vermont College/The Union Institute and University - M.A.
    2013
  • Claudia Lampert 

    Miss Porter's School
    Mathematics Teacher & TLC Instructor
    860-409-3781
    Vanderbilt University - B.A.
    University of Michigan - M.A.
    1985
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A BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS GRADES NINE THROUGH 12