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Katherine Schantz, EdM, CAS has served as the Head of school at The Lab School of Washington since 2009. Ms. Schantz has more than 35 years of experience in the field of learning differences and ADHD. She has taught at all educational levels — from public schools, to specialized independent schools for students who learn differently, to the university level. Her research and experience have focused on students with specific language based learning differences (dyslexia) and ADHD, including defining learning differences, evaluating assessments, and determining effective interventions for both the clinical and classroom settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Education and CAS in doctoral studies in the field of Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. Before coming to The Lab School, she was head of Delaware Valley Friends School in Pennsylvania and associate head of The Kildonan School in Amenia, New York. Both schools serve students with dyslexia and language based learning differences.


  • What is a learning disability (learning differences)
  • What are different types of learning disabilities and how can you figure out if you have one
  • Why getting tested for these disabilities is worth the investment
  • Where on a college campus to look for help coming up with strategies
  • Why it is important to get involved in extracurricular activities outside of academics in college
  • Why a gap year may be a good idea for someone in high school with learning differences
  • How labeling what you have can give you the power to overcome it
  • Why asking for help is normal and nothing to be ashamed of
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