League School in Walpole breaks ground in $10 million expansion

From the Walpole Times WALPOLE — Congressman Stephen Lynch was the guest speaker at League School of Boston’s  Groundbreaking Ceremony that kicked off its $10 million building program, A Gift  for Our Children’s Future, on Monday morning on the school grounds in  Walpole. Lynch, Walpole town officials, both current and past members of League  School of Greater Boston’s Board of Directors, and honored guests (including the  school’s founders, Dr. & Mrs. Arnold Vetstein) joined the school’s Executive  Director Dr. Frank Gagliardi, and its current board chairman Roger Lockwood, in  celebrating the memorable occasion. The groundbreaking marked the beginning of a $10 million enhancement project  for the school which will include both a 20,000 square-foot addition to its main  building as well as the construction a new, 4,500 square foot residence hall  just up the hill. The addition will provide the school with additional classroom and office  space including tutorial rooms, a computer center, a library along with expanded  space for music and art while the new residence hall will enable League School  to consolidate all of its individual living/learning center activities into one  location. The improved facilities will measurably enhance the school’s educational  environment, enabling its faculty and staff to provide an even better learning  experience to students. Read more:...

League School-Greater Boston Receives 2013 Best of East Walpole Award

EAST WALPOLE June 7, 2013 — League School-Greater Boston has been selected for the 2013 Best of East Walpole Award in the K-12 Schools category by the East Walpole Award Program. Each year, the East Walpole Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the East Walpole area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 East Walpole Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the East Walpole Award Program and data provided by third parties. About East Walpole Award Program The East Walpole Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the East Walpole area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The East Walpole Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. SOURCE: East Walpole Award Program CONTACT: East Walpole Award Program Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org URL: http://www.awardprogram.org...
Plans for the Addition to League School of Greater Boston Are Moving Forward

Plans for the Addition to League School of Greater Boston Are Moving Forward

The League School of Greater Boston is pleased to be able to offer a look at its new campus in these renderings provided by the school’s architect, Albert O. Fine of Boston. (Mr. Fine was the architect for the current League School building which was built in 1999 as well). They show the school’s expanded new campus which includes an additional 20,000 square feet to its main building and another 5,000 square feet to the school’s residential independent living center. Rendering I shows the entire campus with both buildings beautifully anchoring each side of it. The second rendering focuses in on the main building, which will house new classrooms, tutorial rooms, a computer center, a library, a vocational center, larger music and art classrooms and individual offices for staff and administrators. Rendering 3 depicts the school’s new independent living center building which will have individual living areas for every student in its residences. “We are excited about this project,” said Dr. Frank Gagliardi, League School’s executive director. “After careful consideration and strong planning, we are now able to proceed with the next phase in our building program,” added Dr. Gagliardi. According to Paul Oricchio, League School’s director of development, the development and public relations committee of the school’s board of directors is hard at work getting fundraising efforts off the ground. A steering committee is being formed which will include members of the board but which will remain separate in order to more effectively oversee the day-to-day activities of the campaign. The first solicitation phase will begin in two weeks on April 22nd. It will include asking for three-year...
Ms. Elaine Hall, founder of The Miracle Project is scheduled to speak at The League School of Greater Boston in February.

Ms. Elaine Hall, founder of The Miracle Project is scheduled to speak at The League School of Greater Boston in February.

Ms. Elaine Hall, founder and President of The Miracle Project, will be speaking at League School of Greater Boston, located on 300 Providence Highway in Walpole, on February 13th at 4:15. Ms. Hall, also known as “Coach E!,” and referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer,” was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism.  When traditional therapies did not work for him, she sought the esteemed Dr. Stanley Greenspan who encouraged her to rally actors and other creative people to join his world – the result was Neal slowly emerging out of his isolation. Ms. Hall, whose appearance at League School is being sponsored by the Dedham Institution for Savings, is a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences around the globe. Her book, Now I See the Moon: a mother, a son, a miracle was chosen for World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations where she has spoken several times.  Ms. Hall’s latest book, co-authored with Diane Isaacs, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom is being used in universities across the United States. The methods presented by Ms. Hall in The Seven Keys to Unlock Autism are used to train staff and volunteers and to create The Miracle Project, a theatre and film program for children of all abilities that was profiled in the Emmy Award HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical.  Ms. Hall also directs the Vista Inspire Program: an arts enrichment and a bar/bat mitzvah program for children and teens with autism at...

The League School of Greater Boston Becomes First Private Massachusetts School to Adopt Innovative SCERTS® Model Enhances Team and Family-Oriented Approach to Further Positive Outcomes

The League School of Greater Boston, one of the first U.S. schools to serve students with autism, has become the first private school in Massachusetts to adopt the SCERTS® Model. Continuing its pioneering approach, the League School of Greater Boston, one of the first U.S. schools to serve students with autism, has become the first private school in Massachusetts to adopt the SCERTS® Model. This fall, the League School began integrating the SCERTS educational approach into its programs for students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to enrich its teaching practices through advanced development of social communications and emotional regulation, enhanced team integration, stronger family involvement and comprehensive outcome measurement. What Is SCERTS? The SCERTS Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent and Rydell, 2006) is a research-based multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges people with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities, and their families, face. It provides a comprehensive approach to effectively support students in different social environments by prioritizing goals in social communication, emotional regulation, and interpersonal and learning support, as well as support to families (“transactional support”). The model involves a carefully coordinated multidisciplinary approach to assessment and educational programming that includes educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. The SCERTS curriculum provides a systematic method that ensures that specific skills and appropriate supports, stated as educational objectives, are selected and applied in a consistent manner across a student’s day. This process allows families and educational teams to draw from a wide range of effective practices that build on the students’ existing knowledge and abilities to provide an effective program to address the core challenges...