In the Middle School, our learning specialists collaborate with students, parents, teachers and other professionals to promote and enhance student learning. As middle schoolers are often eager for increased autonomy, it is an ideal time for students to explore individualized learning strategies. Learning specialists work directly with students in classrooms and in small groups to develop self-advocacy skills and apply learning strategies across the curriculums. Students who may need support are identified through an ongoing screening process. Our department continually seeks to partner with families to brainstorm ideas and coordinate efforts; additionally, learning specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to deepen our collective understanding of students’ strengths and challenges and to provide resources. When needed, learning specialists connect with the guidance counselor and outside professionals to better understand and personalize support for students. Our goal throughout Middle School is for each learner to gain an awareness of their individual learning profiles, establish strategies to address academic demands and self-advocate to effectively communicate with others.