Quest for Learning Support

What is Quest?

Dwight’s Quest Program, which has been in existence at Dwight New York for over 40 years, evolved from Oxford University’s tutorial mentorship model. Today, Quest combines research-based special education pedagogy with the creativity of design thinking to provide students with strength-based and innovative one-on-one academic and organizational training. 

While the program is designed to help students with learning differences succeed in the rigorous Dwight curriculum, the integration of Quest support services into the School benefits all types of learners. 

Upper Quest teachers support students with Dwight’s curriculum across a wide range of subjects, and Quest teachers have backgrounds in all disciplines. Many teach a few classes in their specific area of expertise. All are required to participate in Dwight's special education professional development and have a strong working background in special education and learning differences. Students in Upper Quest are not required to have an educational evaluation or an IEP, though most do.

Students are paired with Quest teachers for the duration of the year. All Quest teachers help each student to better understand his/her learning style and challenges, which is useful in overcoming or compensating for learning differences. We believe this understanding is essential to empowering the student. Quest teachers also work with students to identify strategies that best suit their individual learning styles. 

In addition to direct one-on-one academic support, Quest teachers consult with students’ classroom teachers on an ongoing basis. Quest teachers and classroom teachers work together to implement simple adjustments to greatly improve the quality of instruction for learning differences and students with attention issues. Quest teachers are also in frequent communication with parents, delivering regular comprehensive updates on student progress.

Quest Teachers Are:

  • Connected with a student’s teachers and administrators on a daily basis 
  • Well-versed in the school curriculum 
  • Knowledgeable of Dwight-specific assignments and expectations 
  • Informed and caring mentors for students 
  • Experts in specific fields of study at Dwight 

Quest Teachers Will: 

  • Maintain active communication with families 
  • Initiate ongoing communication with classroom teachers 
  • Know the expectations of each student’s individual program of study 
  • Help students navigate specific situations that pose a challenge in school

A Quest Alumnus Shares His Experiences:

For an in-depth look at just one of Dwight’s successful Quest graduates, please click below.
 

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Leadership

Laurel Aquadro: Dean of Grade 11, Head of Learning Support

laquadro@dwight.global