Front Page News — Dr. Ali Benmerzouga, 2017 Tutor of the Year

On September 10, 2017, Dr. Ali Benmerzouga was presented with the NCES Tutor of the Year Award.  This annual award recognizes one of our tutors for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve their students.  Ali, who is legally blind in both eyes, has developed clever ways to tutoring his students in advanced subjects, including calculus. The …

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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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Why In-Home Tutoring Is Better Than Online Tutoring

When students need additional help with their classes and coursework, they seek help from other sources. While parents may be able to help initially, there generally comes a time when the family decides they need a third party involved. So, they decide to hire a tutor. Over the years, several types of tutoring options have become available. In recent years, …

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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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“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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3 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Over the Holidays (…and Away from Electronics)

Believe it or not, we are not that far away from every child’s second favorite part of the school year – winter break!  Two glorious weeks without school and all the time in the world to catch up on texting, TV, and Minecraft.  Right? It sounds like every kid’s dream come true.  Admit it – when you were young, you …

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How to Keep Your Middle School Student Safe Online

Welcome back to our series on internet safety!  As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your children are safe online.  You wouldn’t let them go outside and play alone without some rules…and the same should be true for letting them go online alone. We have already discussed elementary school tips and suggestions.  Even kindergarten students need to …

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Internet Safety Tips for Upper Elementary Students

  Today we are continuing our series on internet safety.  In our last post, we discussed the importance of introducing your children to safe internet procedures.  As the title of that post suggests, we recommended starting this discussion with your children at a young age.  It is important that they know how to keep themselves safe, especially online. This post …

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Take Time to Unplug

Summer vacation is in full swing.  Kids have more time on their hands to do the things that they enjoy – like playing Minecraft and video games, texting friends, or watching episodes of their latest TV show.  An infographic created from a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that students ages 11 – 14 nearly …

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Read Across America Day 2015 — Tips for Your Classroom

In 1997, the National Education Association proposed a new idea – a national day to celebrate reading.  On March 2, 1998, the nation celebrated its first “Read Across America Day,” appropriately celebrated on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (more commonly known as Dr. Seuss).  Schools, communities, libraries and local businesses are all invited to have parties and events to …

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