League School Receives Grant from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Will Be Used to Purchase Smartboards for the School

(Walpole – July 19, 2016) – League School of Greater Boston’s Head of Development, Tim McCabe, is pleased to announce that the school has recently been awarded a $15,000.00 grant from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. The monies will be used to purchase two Smartboards for the school’s students. The interactive technology offered by the Smartboards greatly enhances the learning experience for students on the autism spectrum. League School’s Executive Director, Dr. Frank Gagliardi, proudly acknowledged the value of the grant – “it is through awards from organizations like Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation that League School is able to optimize learning opportunities for our students. These interactive learning boards make a measurable difference in our students’ abilities to both express themselves and understand challenging concepts. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity in considering the school for this grant.” About League School of Greater Boston League School of Greater Boston is a leading private day and residential school for students ages 3 to 22 on the autism spectrum. As one of the first schools to specialize in teaching children with autism, League’s approach is built on innovation as well as established programs that provide each child with the skill sets they need to enjoy success both while at school as well as later in their community. To learn more about our programs and facilities, go to...

League School of Greater Boston Appoints Patrick Fuller as Its New principal

League School of Greater Boston Appoints Patrick Fuller as Its New principal Educator Has Worked at the School for Over 15 Years   Dr. Frank Gagliardi, Executive Director at League School of Greater Boston in Walpole, MA, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Fuller as the school’s new Principal. He will start in his new position on December 1st of this year. Patrick Fuller has spent the past fifteen years working in a variety of capacities at League School. He began his career there as a childcare worker in one of the school’s residences. Next, he became a teacher in the school’s Pathfinder program. After that, he became the school’s IEP Coordinator and then its Director of Admissions. Finally, two years ago, he became the school’s Assistant Principal. Dr. Gagliardi commented on the appointment by saying “the experience that Patrick has garnered in his various positions here at League School makes him an ideal candidate for the Principal’s job. His understanding of what is required in each of these roles will provide him with an excellent foundation for working with the individuals beneath him at all levels. He has demonstrated exceptional administrative skills in each position he has held here at the school, and I look forward to him effectively advancing the school’s mission in the years ahead in his role as Principal.” Patrick stated “I am thrilled and honored by this appointment. It represents a culmination of my professional growth for the past decade and a half. I have loved working with the students and staff at League School in my many capacities during that time...

League School of Greater Boston Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

League School of Greater Boston Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Introduces Its New Building as Part of Its $10M Enhancement Program Officials from League School of Greater Boston welcomed over 120 guests to its Ribbon-Cutting ceremony this past Sunday as it officially opened the doors to its updated facilities. The brief program that preceded the official ribbon-cutting featured comments from League School Executive Director, Dr. Frank Gagliardi, the school’s Chairman of its Board of Directors, Roger Lockwood, and a parent of a student at the school, Laura Davis. Dr. Gagliardi explained “this addition provides us with much-needed additional classroom and office space including tutorial rooms, a computer center, a library along with expanded space for music and art. These improved facilities will measurably enhance our educational environment, enabling our faculty and staff to provide an even better learning experience to our students.” Mr. Lockwood followed with some startling facts that underscored the need for the school’s enhancements: “It is unfortunate and astonishing that autism now affects one in 68 children. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. To illustrate the pace at which autism diagnosis is growing, just two years ago when we had the groundbreaking for this building, the ratio that is now one in 68 was then one in 88! That statistic alone underscores the need for a facility such as this. We are now so much better able to meet our goal of having the very best place autistic children can live and learn, whether as day students or as residents.” Mrs. Davis closed the talks with a heartfelt revelation about how much...

Private schools in region honored for expertise

  Ten New England private special education schools have been named Schools of Excellence for the 2015-2016 academic year by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). Six Massachusetts schools, three in Connecticut and one from Vermont made the list, considered the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through the association. Schools serving students between three to 21 years of age must be open a minimum of 10 months per year, have been operating for at least 10 years, among other eligibility criteria. Students served include those diagnosed with autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delays, emotional disturbance, health impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic, hearing, visual or speech and language impairments or traumatic brain injury. Named in Massachusetts were The Home for Little Wanderers at Longview Farm in Walpole and its Southeast Campus in Plymouth. The League School of Greater Boston in Walpole, The Crossroads School in Natick, The Riverview School in East Sandwich and the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Inc. in Longmeadow also were selected. Connecticut schools selected are the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Arch Bridge School in Bethlehem and Eagle Hill School in Greenwich. The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont also made the list (see related story). “New England does extremely well based on the value that it places on education,” said George Giuliani, Psy.D., who is co-executive director of NASET. He is a New York State licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and has an extensive private practice focusing on children with special needs. Giuliani is an associate professor at Hofstra University’s School of Education and Allied Human Services...

League School of Greater Boston to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

League School of Greater Boston to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, October 4th From 1-4 PM School Will Celebrate the Opening of Its Building Addition   (WALPOLE, MA – September 15, 2015) – League School of Greater Boston is pleased to announce that it will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the school’s new addition on Sunday, October 4th from 1-4 P.M at the school at 300 Boston Providence Highway in Walpole.   At 2:00 that afternoon, school, state and local officials will officially “cut the ribbon” – this ceremony will include brief comments from invited guests to celebrate the opening of our new teaching and administrative areas. Both before and after the ceremony, an Open House will be held at the school, providing guests with the opportunity to tour the new school facilities, speak with teachers, and learn more about the programs offered by the school to students with autism spectrum disorder. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us in celebrating this important milestone for the school.   About League School League School of Greater Boston is a leading private day and residential school for students ages 3 to 22 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As one of the first schools to specialize in teaching children with autism, League’s approach is built on innovation as well as established programs that provide each child with the skill sets they need to enjoy success both while at school as well as later in their community. To learn more about our programs and facilities, go to leagueschool.com.   To see the Boston Globe...

League School to Host Special Presentation: “The New Massachusetts Autism Teacher Endorsement: An Overview” – First in a Series of Presentations in Partnership Between League School of Greater Boston and Lesley University

League School of Greater Boston would like to invite educational professionals as well as anyone else interested to attend a special professional development opportunity it is hosting at its campus at 300 Boston Providence Highway (Route 1) on Tuesday, May 26th from 4:00-6:00 P.M. That afternoon, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe of Lesley University will be making a presentation entitled “The New Massachusetts Autism Teacher Endorsement: An Overview.” Ms. Keefe will explain the origin of the new Massachusetts Autism Teacher Endorsement, the background, requirements, and what this state credential can do to bring autism knowledge to schools. Elizabeth Stringer Keefe is on the faculty in Lesley’s Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on the preparation and education of teachers who work with students with autism. She was involved in the advocacy to bring the autism teacher endorsement to Massachusetts and has worked on its implementation. A question and answer period will follow the talk. Special Education Directors are encouraged to bring their special education teachers and other interested parties as attendees will receive 2 PDPs for participating. This will be the first in what we hope will be a series of informative presentations as League School of Greater Boston is partnering with Lesley University to bring Lesley’s 15-credit Graduate Autism Intervention Specialization to its Walpole location as an off-campus satellite program, beginning in June 2015. To reserve your spot, please RSVP by calling League School at 508-850-3900 or by e-mailing League School’s Executive Director, Dr. Frank Gagliardi, directly at fgagliardi@leagueschool.com. We hope you can join us for this engaging...