The “I Can” Kid

by Carole Richards   Recently I met with a delightful smart and insightful ten-year-old fifth-grade girl. She spoke lovingly about spending time with her family. She was a happy child. Her mother brought her to see me because the parents thought she had dyslexia. The girl described school as difficult and reading was hard. However, when I tested her, she …

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Helping with homework

BY CAROLE RICHARDS Helping with homework First, I think kids get too much homework.  They need to run, jump, play and be kids. Ask yourself these questions: Can my child do the assigned homework on their own? Is it a reasonable amount of homework for my child’s age and grade? TIPS TO MAKE IT LESS STRESSFUL If the child is …

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Richards Learning Systems

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There is a literacy crisis in our country.  Millions of Americans cannot read and it has an enormous economic impact on our community.  We have a simple solution that will solve this problem – a revolutionary video reading series that will teach students and train teachers at the same time.  But we need your help. An Award Winning Curriculum – …

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New Enrollment Update for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship

BY CAROLE RICHARDS The Ohio Department of Education has two exciting programs for children with disabilities: Autism Scholarship Program (since 2004) Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN) (since 2012-13 School Year) In this article, I will explain the Jon Peterson Scholarship Program. Who is eligible to apply for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship? Any child with a disability, …

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NCES Tutor

Vive Le Difference — The North Coast Tutor

For over 30 years, North Coast Education Services has been providing quality private in-home tutoring to the families of Northeast Ohio.  NCES Vice President John Kusik shares some of the key factors that have led to our success in his latest article. Vive Le Difference! with North Coast Education Services John Kusik, NCES Vice President Yes, there is a tremendous …

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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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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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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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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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“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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