Dr. Gordon F. Sherman, former Executive Director, coined the term cerebrodiversity, which explains the individual differences in the brain’s structure and its ability to process information. Dr. Sherman saw cerebrodiversity as “a vehicle for expanding thinking and discussion about dyslexia beyond the ‘disability model’ and as a step toward a more comprehensive model of the brain and learning variation. He believed that teachers, schools and communities should approach learning disabilities as the “glass is half full” rather than “glass half empty” paradigm.
Dr. Sherman was passionate about connecting neuroscience and education, and so began to put his vision into practice providing an outstanding education to cerebro-diverse learners at Newgrange. He expanded his vision to include the Laurel School, which he co-founded with current Head of School, Dee Rosenberg.
In addition, Dr. Sherman and Dee promoted their successful model through the Robinowitz Education Center, which became the thought leaders in the region, expertly educating teachers, administrators, and families about how to support and celebrate diverse learners.
This would no doubt, revolutionize the way schools are structured, curriculum is developed, and students learn. And, more importantly, students will see value in their differences and others. This conceptual view of the brain’s power ensures that The Robinowitz Education Center, Newgrange School, and Laurel School are leading the way for individuals who have learning differences to excel!
We Celebrate Cerebrodiversity and Empower Children and Students Who Learn Differently.
We provide individualized instruction that celebrates the strengths and learning styles of our students.
The Robinowitz Education Center (REC) provides high quality professional development and consulting services for educators and professionals. We offer educational evaluations to improve the educational outcomes for students who learn differently. The REC was founded in 1991, when the faculty and administrators at The Newgrange School recognized the tremendous need in the area to educate and empower educators, families, and especially students themselves to recognize, remediate, and celebrate cerebrodiversity*.
While the REC is known both locally and nationally for training educators, consulting with school districts, and guiding research to practice, it is also the hub of our campus. The Education Center team guides curriculum development, successful instructional strategies, clinical assessments, and teacher training, all of which make the Newgrange and Laurel Schools the best in the area for students who learn differently. The REC’s dedication to current research and best practices ensures that the teachers at our two schools provide the best education, using the most recent evidence-based programs and methodologies available, to ensure student success.
The Newgrange School was founded in 1977 and is a State of New Jersey Approved School for students ages 7 through 21 who have language-based and non-verbal learning differences. We provide a challenging academic program that includes structured literacy instruction through Orton–Gillingham and Wilson Language® instruction. Multisensory techniques are woven throughout the students’ academic program. Our team of professionals includes expert teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, school counselors, and learning disability consultants to support our students in and out of the classroom.
At Newgrange every student feels like they belong. They are provided with an individualized program, tailored to their learning needs. Students have varied interests and abilities, which are often realized during their time at Newgrange because they are in a safe environment, where they find academic and social success. Our students are well behaved, respectful, curious, motivated, and thrive in our supportive structure and small class sizes. Our nurturing, family environment and strong, robust transition program helps Newgrange students prepare for the real world and college with confidence.
Newgrange School Essential Employees:
Administration / Tim Viands / CEO
Elisa DiLolle / Principal
Technology / Tricia Weitz / Billing
The Laurel School of Princeton was founded in 2012 to expand the organization’s teaching and learning community. Laurel is a coeducational independent day school, serving students with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, dyscalculia, and co-existing conditions, such as ADHD and executive functioning skills deficits. Laurel fosters the exploration of students’ gifts and talents both in and out of the classroom. By providing experiences that validate their individuality, our students build their confidence and self-esteem. All instruction is evidence- based, multisensory, and delivered with fidelity by our certified and expert faculty, who care deeply about their students. Laurel integrates opportunities for students to shine throughout the school day in many ways; through visual and performing arts, engineering challenges, unstructured creative expression in our Makerspace, and through our Consensus Arts, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators NoticeAbility©️ courses.