Great Things Happening at Cleveland Metropolitan Schools

BY CAROLE RICHARDS Usually when I talk with people about the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD),   I hear how “bad” things are.  Before CEO Eric Gordon drafted the Transformation Plan and became CEO, things were really bad!  CMSD has seen twelve superintendents in twenty years! I am a graduate of the Cleveland Schools, I taught in the Cleveland Schools and …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Even Doctors Need to Read

BY CAROLE RICHARDS About fifteen years ago, I got a call from a doctor who was dyslexic.  He was obviously bright.  He had graduated from college and medical school.  But, he had not passed his written medical licensing board exam. The Magic Pill I met with the doctor and his wife and to discuss the structure of words…the sounds, syllables …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Smartphones and Our Children’s Brains

BY CAROLE RICHARDS   I grew up in an era where everyone had one landline in their home without even voicemail.  We all survived and communicated often in person or by phone. Today we communicate by text, voicemail, email, Twitter, Facetime and much more.  However, social interaction is missing.  These handy gadgets eliminate the need to talk in person and …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Are You an Encourager or an Enabler?

  By Carole Richards   Our company works with many students with disabilities.  (Click here to learn about our special education services.)  It is fascinating to see how some of our students are very independent and others extremely dependent on their parents or others. Our Encourager Families For example, we had a camper who weighed just 1 pound 2 ounces …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

“Mis-Education” in Our Schools

By Carole Richards   For decades I’ve talked about the literacy crisis in the United States.  Despite spending $92,000 per year on education, literacy rates have remained stagnant since the 1970’s. Let me explain the problem.  If students cannot effortlessly read the big words in a passage, they will not comprehend what they read.  If they cannot effortlessly spell the …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Want to Become a Teacher? Do Your Homework First. Here’s Why.

By Carole Richards   I began teaching in December 1970 before I received my degree.  There was a real teacher shortage and the State of Ohio allowed me to teach without a degree or certification.  I completed both by June.  By June 1971, the teacher shortage began to dwindle.  Some of my classmates and friends couldn’t find teaching jobs.  While …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Everyone…yes, everyone…can learn how to read.

Reading Now Available for Everyone! By Carole Richards   Meredith and Paige believe there are students in our schools that are unable to ever learn to read! This troubling statement says there are most likely some teachers and administrators with the same belief. Bruce Meredith (former general counsel to the Wisconsin Education Association Council) and Mark Paige (assistant professor of …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

“Behind the Smiling Faces” — Understanding Your Child

Behind the Smiling Faces by Carole Richards   As parents, we see our children as beautiful and growing creatures.  Behind their smiling faces, we can look at them as learners, with three developmental “faces”: Emotional Physiological Intelligence   The Emotional Face: A Combination of Factors A child’s personality is a combination of genetics, environment and experience. Your child’s genetic personality is …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

Start Tutoring for Exams Today!

Happy Halloween, readers!  October is almost over and exams are right around the corner.  Are you ready? It may seem too early to start cracking the books and studying for your final exams.  After all, you are probably 4 – 6 weeks away.  So, why start now? Because research has shown time and again that cramming is NOT an effective way to study.  And …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.

What do IQ Numbers Really Mean?

My Child Is Really Smart – What Do IQ Numbers Really Mean? by Carole Richards   I see more and more children whose parents see a different child than their school sees. For example, today I met with a “brilliant” ten-year-old that is miserable in school. Having read thousands of school psychologist and neuropsychologist testing reports, I have developed a …

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Nikki is the Director of Student Services for North Coast Education Services. She coordinates the tutoring for all private students, assists with in-school programs, and is responsible for the NCES blog. Nikki is also the Assistant Camp Director of the Academic Fun & Fitness Camp, a summer program for students with learning disabilities in Kirtland, OH.