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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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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“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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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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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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“Do Laptops Help Students in Class?”

We live in a technological age. It seems like with every blink, there are new devices. I still remember when I was in college and had MapQuest directions in my glove box to get me back and forth to campus. When the GPS was introduced, I was terrified. What if the phone died? What if I lost signal? Many businesses …

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“Do IEP Goals Reflect What My Child Needs?”

We live in an ever-changing society.  Our educational system keeps changing, along with the way our children are learning.  Before you sit in on your child’s next IEP meeting (Individualized Education Plan), take a few minutes to read this insightful article from NCES founder, Carole Richards.  Remember, as a parent, it is your right to ensure your child receives the best …

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Build Academic Skills While Having Fun

There are endless opportunities for learning all around, if only we are wise enough to seize the moment. Take advantage of everyday learning activities — from shopping at the store to washing dishes and making dinner. Our executive director, Carole Richards, shares more ideas for creative ways to encourage learning while keeping it fun! Build Academic Skills While Having Fun …

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“The Road to College is Paved with Gold”

College.  For many families, it’s an attainable reality.  For others, it’s merely a dream.  In either case, society is proving time and again how difficult it can be to get a sustainable full-time job without some college experience, if not a four-year degree.  While there are several career paths that do not require a college education, it is still a highly …

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“Are Standardized Tests and the Joy of Reading Connected?”

North Coast Education Services has earned a strong reputation for teaching students how to read.  Our multi-sensory reading curriculum, Richards Learning Systems®, has won the NorTech Innovation Award and is highly recommended by professionals.  In fact, Richards Learning Systems® has been endorsed by Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Municipal School District.  (See the video here.) In her latest article, …

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