Winston Preparatory School Goes the Distance with Online Learning Program

Like many schools throughout New Jersey and the country, Winston Preparatory School (WPS) in Whippany has moved from traditional in-person learning to their Distance Learning Program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through their Distance Learning Program, they aim to facilitate the independence and meaningful participation of students with specific learning disabilities through a continuous feedback process that develops skill acquisition and the qualities of sustainable and independent learners.

All WPS campuses have moved their full-time educational operation for students to a Distance Learning Model. This model remains evidence-based in its approach, focusing on skill-driven programming in the online environment. Students attend virtual classes with similar learners throughout the day. WPS teachers and leaders are prioritizing maintaining connections and engagement with the community of peers and instructors.

Students attend virtual classes with similar learners throughout the day, just as they would in Winston Prep's brick-and-mortar classrooms, including a full period of Focus where they receive 1:1 individualized skill remediation with their own learning expert. 

Key to every student’s success is family engagement. Examples of family communication include:

  • Consistent contact from student’s Focus Instructor via email or phone
  • Virtual Parent Conferences
  • Three narrative reports a year
  • Weekly newsletters from Campus Leadership

Facility Independence

WPS’s educational program centers around facilitating the independence of students with learning disabilities through assessment-driven individualized education. To achieve this mission, WPS’s educational programs focus on skill-based learning with an underlying emphasis on social emotional growth. As is inherent in their mission, all educational programs are developed around the needs of the students and are flexible and fluid.

Highlights include:

  • Developing a Deep Understanding of Each Student
  • Grouping students with similar Learning Profiles
  • One-to-One Daily Remediation (Focus Program)
  • Skills-Based Programming
  • Frequent Assessment of Progress and Adaptations to Programming

An Individualized Educational Process

The individualized educational process that accomplishes their mission is what the WPS community refers to as the WPS Continuous Feedback System. This system provides an instructional model for maximizing the educational experience for students with a learning disability, which requires educators and students to assess, understand, and design curriculum or actions based on understanding and evaluating responses. WPS teachers and leaders employ this model whether they are in one of their brick-and-mortar campuses or teaching online.

Winston Prep is hosting virtual one-on-one information sessions. Click here to get started with the application process and to learn more.

Winston Preparatory School

901 Route 10 East, Whippany


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