Dr. Mannis’ model of a Road Map
for Learning incorporates an understanding of intellectual
and reasoning ability, language skills, visual-spatial and visual-motor
abilities, gross motor development, attention, memory and executive
functions, current academic achievement level, and emotional development
as these factors impacts on a student’s experience in a particular
school or professional environment.
We use the information about an individual’s
learning style and specific goals to develop a Road Map
for Learning. This road map incorporates specific materials,
instructional methods and strategies the student can practice between
sessions to optimize learning and workplace goals. Ivy Prep’s
faculty is devoted to strengthening skills and strategies while
also helping students better understand how they learn. Teacher
and student discussion of strategies that were successful facilitates
development of metacognitive awareness, or a greater understanding
of what helps or hinders achievement.
Dr. Mannis directly consults with each student
and family in using the Road Map for Learning to develop a personalized
Education Action Plan. She and
her faculty then use that information as the basis for developing
lesson plans at Ivy Prep Learning Center.
While the Road Map for Learning helps define
how a student learns and what methods or materials optimize a given
style, other considerations are factored into the Education Action
Plan. A student may be a candidate for extended time on academic
tests or other testing and classroom accommodations. Further consultation
with related specialists may be recommended as part of further refining
an understanding of how to attain specific goals. Similarly, the
Education Action Plan can include further consultation to schools
or investigation of other schools or professional goals that may
better suit a student’s specific learning style.