The Elephant is Still in the Room

Our executive director, Carole Richards, is determined to make an impact on literacy in her lifetime.  She has already taught in the classroom, created Northeast Ohio’s largest in-home tutoring company, and authored a multi-sensory systematic phonics program — Richards Learning Systems®. But she is far from finished. In her latest article, Carole encourages politicians, educators, and families to step back …

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Community Effort Improves Richards Learning Systems

Recently, we announced that changes were coming to our award-winning, multi-sensory reading curriculum — Richards Learning Systems®.  With the help of the non-profit Creative Education Institute (CEI), Richards Learning Systems ® will be reformatted into a series of five-minute videos that will teach fundamental reading skills.  These videos will be shown in a classroom setting, allowing teachers to be trained as students …

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“Learning vs. ‘Stuff’ “

Our executive director and founder, Carole Richards, is highly passionate about education — especially reading.  Carole taught in the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools for 10 years before starting North Coast Tutoring Services. As a classroom teacher, Carole tailored her teaching to fit the individual goals of each of her students.  Today, nothing has changed.  We understand that no two students learn …

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Reaching the “Unmotivated” Learner

Since 1985, North Coast Education Services has been providing academic support to students of all ages.  We frequently hear from parents and teachers that their students are “unmotivated” and simply “do not want to learn”. As “The Education Problem Solvers”, it is our job to motivate these supposedly “unmotivated” learners.  By engaging them in discussions and aligning their learning to their …

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“A Touch of Wonder”

“But I recall walking through the treetops, chasing dragonflies, and endless days that seem so long ago.” — “before there was time” by Beau Bristow   Beau Bristow came and performed at my college when I was still in school. This song touched me so much I purchased his CD so I could listen to it over and over again.  Years …

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The Elephant in the Room

In Carole’s latest article, she discusses the “elephant in the room” — how many students are graduating from high school with limited basic skills in English and math.   When is Your Child Work-Ready or College Ready?  A Missing Link in Education Planning by Carole Richards It is laudable that our city, county, state and nation all have a goal …

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Finding the Gifts of Children with Disabilities

As we close another week here at North Coast Education Services, I am readily preparing our display for the 17th Annual Summer and Beyond Fair, hosted by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.  The fair, which will take place on Saturday, February 21st, is for families with children or youth with disabilities and offers them direct access to vendors …

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“Hey Mom, how do I write an essay?”

Our founder and executive director, Carole Richards, has been working in the education field for over 30 years.  A former teacher, she wrote the award-winning Richards Learning Systems ®, which is the reading program used by North Coast Education Services.  She has received multiple awards and is a guest speaker on radio and TV.  In addition, her articles are often …

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Critical thinking – Can children learn to THINK?

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   When my children were much younger, there were times when the answer would be unequivocally, “NO.”  But as they sloooowly matured and grew older, I changed my answer to a definite, “MAYBE.” In today’s world, it is often very difficult for parents and teachers to teach children how to think …

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