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September 25, 2010
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September 25, 2010
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The website for All Kinds of Minds offers me as a parent and instuctor valuable information to support my students and my sons.I benefited most from the workshops that was offered to the community. These informational opportunities are no longer offered.

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Attending workshops offered several years ago.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 25, 2010
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September 25, 2010
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I began with a 3 day training that I took some staff and all of our districts school psychologists. I then brought the program to my district to help reduce the need for labeling children and putting them on IEP's. Over 100 staff were trained and the district saw a 10% reduction in identification. I then was trained to be a trainer. It was amazing to see the changes in thinking and processing that teachers gain from in depth knowledge of how the child learns and reacts in the classroom. If all teaching professionals had training and support the reality that no child would be left behind would have meaning.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the changes that resulted in fewer children having labels.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Network the trainers more

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of the trainig and the materials

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly skilled and easy to approach

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of the educational system in the US

Ways to make it better...

I had invested more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping the delivery models current and affordable

One thing I'd also say is that...

keep up the great work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

Trying to understand how all children learn is an extremely valuable way of helping educators to attend to the specific needs of all students. However, I think one of the most valuable things I see in this initiative is their focus on helping the students themselves as well as their teachers and parents, understand how they learn, how to capitalize on their strengths, and overcome their difficulties. Paraphrasing the proverb: "Give a child a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a child to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This gives children ownership and control over their learning which will serve them all through their lives and help them become independent learners.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My staff and I have benefitted from their training activities through their newsletter and online courses.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Greater diffusion of such a valuable initiative.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The usefullness of its research for teachers, parents and students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help many more children and educators.

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I had easier access to the organization as I do not live in the US:

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Helping people understand the importance of their work and research.

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GREAT JOB!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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After 10 years of teaching, I chose to be a stay-at-home mother to our sons. Our youngest son showed signs of difficulties in learning and relating to others at a very early age. This inspired me to research causes of learning challenges in young children and to experiment with what worked for our son's learning style. I made progress, but there were areas I could not understand and had trouble finding specific information about concerning some of our son's most challenging deficits. It was not until I discovered Dr. Levine's research and books that I finally gleaned a full picture of our son in areas of Temporal-Sequential and Spatial Ordering. I purchased all of Dr. Levine's publications and used his information as a model to tutor our son throughout his schooling. With that specific information used in one-to-one tutoring, our son was able to obtain an Associate's Degree from Miami University of Ohio. I am so grateful for Dr. Levine's wealth of knowledge of how children learn and what to do when something is not working for them. Not only have I used his knowledge with our own son, I also share with other parents I teach in NAMI's Hand to Hand classes.

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I have been rewarded in my personal walk of being an educator. I feel grounded in Dr. Levine's philosophy of educating individual students according to their own neurodevelopmental framework. I share his concepts with others who care about children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the education and personal fulfillment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more school districts throughout the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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The heart of understanding is explicit in the organization of All Kinds of Minds. The name alone celebrates the differences in learning and boosts the spirits of parents and teachers who desire to uncover the secrets of learning for everyone. The learning of students seems to teach teachers what is new and exciting for each child, and the teachers are awakened to a realistic HOPE that all children can learn and that teachers are a very vital part of that experience. Having experienced only one conference address by Dr. Levine, his educational tapes and his writings, I became hooked on the practical strategies and techniques for different minds. I fought for the “demystification” for children and their parents, and the glorious energy found in liberating the learning of others. To think that a philosophical and pragmatic approach could give so many students the freedom to learn is amazing! Thank you for all that you do to remain current in the neurodevelopmental world, so that those, working with children in their own families and in educational settings, can create positive outlooks to the future. I was in public education for 37 years using this organization as a resource, and now as an adjunct professor it remains a recommended resource for my post-graduate students. Thank you for remaining fixed on your goal to bring dignity to learning for all!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the use of resources and ideas to support the development of differentiation in classrooms, in developing educational plans for students and in counseling parents.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The research and the resources.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support more students, parents and educational settings with resources

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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I was working at The Forman School and The Dublin School, respectfully, for the past twenty-four years as the Head Librarian and also tutoring "special-ed." students, and then as a learning specialist in small classes. At Forman School which is a secondary school completely devoted to LD students, the faculty at that time (many years ago) went through the training for Mel Levine's School's Attuned Training. Professionally trained teachers giving that program really know their "stuff"-I have a particular passion for LD students, anyway, with different learning patterns so I was never bored! I have kept up with All Kinds Of Minds info. even though I do not have students now because it stays current with its information. All Kinds Of Minds is always an excellent resource for everyone interested in education and educating, and gives valuable knowledge to gain and learn from for EVERYONE! I will have your information when I teach again, hopefully. Thank-you.

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About every week

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2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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I worked for many years using the All Kinds of Minds training I received and prior to that, used the ideas from Dr. Levine's books. All in all , I probably spent over ten years studying and using the work. I received a disc that I could use to talk to families at schools and churches and began doing that in workshops and for organizations. When I did consulting work at schools, I always shared the basic information about the program which I was told when trained I was encouraged to do. Then, one day , I unexpectedly was told I was having my password revoked and the organization cut me off with only an explanation that a school that I had worked with in Michigan reported me to them. Despite the evidence I provided to the contrary , AKOM cut me off without even so much as a phone call where I could discuss this with them. I would have to say that this organization, though using Dr Levine's wonderful ideas, was beyond a disappointment in not "walking their talk" and dealing with things in a human manner. There is not doubt that the way of working with students is one of the best out there and it remains my stance that every teacher deserves this type of helpful training. However, I think it is apalling that I was treated in this manner. The individuals who reported me were angry with me because, as a consultant, I had interveiwed their teachers, at their request, and unfortunately had to tell them some things that would hard to hear for anyone. But that was what they had hired me to do. Currently , at the school in question, NOT ONE teacher remains there , only two years later. And in the process , the employees of the company that hired me are all gone but the owners also. And yet, AKOM chose to believe them and hang me out to dry BEFORE even contacting me to talk and hear from my point of view what had happened. The irony was that I had actually told the company they should contact AKOM, as I had the teachers, to get the training. I had been sending teachers to them for years. Infact, an entire school of teachers in my hometown are now trained in it at my advice years ago. So, I think one should consider these things carefully. Do the organizations we support have more than good things to offer in theory or do they offer them in practice? Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

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About every week

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2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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I have recently been supervising a student in School Psychology and found the website and courses very helpful in schooling her into the neurobiological way of thinking. Thanks for creating the course free for that period.

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My day to day work as a school psychologist

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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All Kinds of Minds provides cutting edge information which is invaluable when working with students K-12 who have a variety of learning abilities and skills. The AKM email newsletter is shared with 27 teachers who teach over 300 children. By providing fresh ideas that work, and educating parents and teachers on how to be more effective with their "problem" student(s) our charter school receives comments from kids about how much more they like school! Why? Because we listen and apply the constructive ideas introduced through All Kinds of Minds. Thank you so much!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

utilitizing suggestions and recommended readings offered in their email brochure and seminars for Special Education students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010
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September 24, 2010
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The school psychologist recommended All Kinds of Minds for a book study group she would run with our staff. Every month a group of us read a new chapter and meet during our lunch hour to discuss the chapter. Our psychologist meets with us and helps explain anything we might find confusing. We talk about the students and give each other suggestions. She also recommended the summer blog, so I signed up and have enjoyed the ongoing postings. They are very concise and informative.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally have benefitted from the great info provided in the blog and the All Kinds of Minds book (which I purchased for myself).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful info they share

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could provide training to more educators and parents to help children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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