John Miller, Principal of Nantucket Elementary School in Nantucket, Massachusetts
March 20, 2000
To Whom It May Concern:
I worked with the Weaver Clinic for ten years in my role as Principal of Nantucket Elementary School in Nantucket, Massachusetts. It is an honor, indeed, to be able to provide a reference for the clinic.
My concern as a school administrator was to provide the highest caliber of evaluation, support, and actualization of services to those children who were not thriving for one reason or another in our school. Through the services of the Weaver Clinic we were able to:
Provide superb multi-dimensional evaluations of a child’s learning strengths and needs.
Review, adjust, or change classroom teaching practices and strategies, including using new materials, improving the pacing of instruction, and revising classroom support designs.
Link parents, school staff, and the clinic in a collaborative non-threatening manner to provide new learning about children’s development and best practices.
Offer continuous and direct follow-up modeling with and consultation to the child’s program.
The Weaver Clinic made a deep and significant difference not only in our professional practices, but also in our connections with families. Staff confidence grew as they implemented new strategies and parents had a chance to see their children become capable learners imbued with untapped strengths. A new atmosphere of “all children as learners” emerged. Parents became eager supporters of our efforts, not critics!
Allow me to highlight one additional factor in our use of the Weaver Clinic that I have not found in other “clinic type” services. Weaver staff has a profound respect for children which led to such positive and constructive child and staff interactions. Children sensed that the clinic staff understood them and were their advocates. This had never happened before!
I urge your serious consideration of the Weaver Clinic. They made a difference in the life of our school and in the lives of Nantucket’s children. No one could ask for more. If I may provide any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.