Redwood Day is an independent, diverse K-8 coed school | 510.534.0800
The Learning Services program at Redwood Day recognizes that students have diverse learning profiles. The K-5 and 6-8 Learning Specialists partner with students, teachers, and families to support learners’ growth and development.
Learning Services may include the following:
Providing direct instruction in small groups in core classrooms, targeting specific academic skills
Collaboration with teachers around differentiation and assessment
Leading team meetings for individual students
Screening students for skills progress
Consulting with parents about learning concerns
Providing referrals for outside professionals as appropriate, including but not limited to: educational therapists, evaluators, speech therapists, mental health providers, social skills groups, and occupational therapists
Parent education about neurodiversity and learning differences
Facilitating Student Support Meetings with core teachers and specialists
Creating and tracking Learning Plans and accommodations for students with diagnosed learning differences
Acting as a liaison between the school and outside support professionals
Ensuring that information about students’ learning profiles is passed from teacher to teacher
Alyson Kaneshiro is the 6-8 Middle School Learning Specialist and a middle school advisor at Redwood Day. Prior to this position, she was an adjunct professor in the Master of Arts Special Education program at the University of San Francisco, a middle school learning specialist at the San Francisco Day School, and served in the Hawai‘i Department of Education for twelve years where she coordinated support services for students with and without disabilities.
Alyson holds an EdD in education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and an MA from National University.
Amy Leach is our K-5 Reading Specialist. She has been a Reading Specialist for over twenty years with experience supporting kindergarteners up through adult learners. She has served as the Head of Literacy at Alta Vista School in San Francisco, as a teacher and Reading Specialist in both Petaluma School District and Evergreen Schools in Washington state.
Amy holds a B.A. in History from UCLA and an M.A. in Reading Education from CSU, Chico.
Sarah joined the Redwood Day staff after serving as the Interim Special Education Director at Francophone Charter School of Oakland. Prior to this role, Sarah served in numerous capacities in Learning Specialist type roles at the Academy of Alameda Middle School and at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Massachusetts.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Rhode Island, an M.Ed. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University, and an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Phoenix.