LAMDEINU: The Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment @ TA is Talmudical Academy’s division for special education services.
TA takes great pride in our commitment to an educational model that addresses the individual needs of every student. Our goal has always been to provide tools for each student to grow and thrive in his learning and Yiddishkeit.
Our longstanding partnership with SHEMESH, which provides LAMDEINU with consultation, training, special education resources, and funding, empowers us to offer its extensive services and places us at the forefront of the movement to provide special education programming in the private school setting. We strive to provide as many services as we can for as many students as possible, encompassing a range of ages, grade levels and divisions.
LAMDEINU is led by Mrs. Rivky Danziger in our Lower School, and Rabbi Zev Schwartz in our Middle School. LAMDEINU provides two full-time, and three part-time Special Education Teachers, along with one Instructional Assistant, who service dozens of TA students on a daily basis. Additionally, SHEMESH employed support staff include an Instructional Coach, Executive Functioning Coach, an Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, and a Reading Specialist.
LAMDEINU provides a self-contained classroom, in both Lower School and Middle School, servicing students who benefit from instruction tailored to their individual needs, with a low student to teacher ratio. The students have access to modified grade-level programs as well as intervention programs in Reading and Math as necessary. Students in the program are fully included in the General Education classroom for all social opportunities and are integrated for learning opportunities as it becomes appropriate. A number of students who were part of this program in previous years have already been fully integrated into mainstream classrooms.
Based on curriculum development provided by Shemesh, LAMDEINU uses the FastForward Program, a software-based program developed to improve memory, attention, language processing and sequencing skills.
Hidden Sparks is another wonderful program that Shemesh has brought to LAMDEINU in the Lower School. Hidden Sparks uses a coaching model to help teachers learn to observe, reflect, assess, and plan for all students in their classrooms. Using multiple lenses — developmental, behavioral, temperamental, and ecological — as well as utilizing real-life case studies, teachers develop strategies for all learners, including those who struggle academically and present challenging social-emotional issues.
Students in the LAMDEINU program are assessed using formal and informal educational testing and a personalized learning program in the General Education curriculum. Special educators also work closely with classroom teachers and parents to ensure carryover into the classroom.
LAMDEINU also supports parents with a referral and identification process through the public school system and with private psychologists.