All Kinds of Minds

Rating: 4.75 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Education, Health

Location: 2800 Meridian Pkwy Suite 100 Durham NC 27713 USA

Mission: All Kinds of Minds is a nonprofit organization that translates groundbreaking research from neuroscience on how children learn – and vary in their learning – into a powerful framework and set of strategies that help teachers help more students learn and thrive. Our work is grounded in three core components: A learning framework – All Kinds of Minds has synthesized a framework of science-based learning “constructs” that form the mind’s ingredients for learning. This framework provides educators with a foundation of expertise about learning. Classroom applications – We promote a problem-solving model that encourages educators to use observations and other types of data – gathered from multiple sources – to help them identify students’ learning assets, passions and affinities, as well as their weaknesses. We have developed a variety of tools and processes designed to help educators apply the problem-solving model to their practice. A philosophy – We advocate a set of core beliefs about how all students should be treated, stemming from our conviction that learning differences represent variation, not deviation.
Results: Understanding how students learn is our specialty. Giving educators the knowledge to assure that students learn is our mission. Our Impact: • More than 48,000 educators trained • More than 5,000 schools • More than 1,000,000 students reached
Target demographics: Educators including teachers and administrators, education policy makers and thought leaders
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 56-1941783
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a school psychologist for a public school district, one responsibility is to assist with interventions in the classroom and at home for children who struggle. I frequently turn to the published materials and the web page information provided by All Kinds of Minds to help me provide research-based and effective ideas for interventions. I use Schools Attuned books when I write assessment reports as I write recommendations. And recently, I added an Intervention component to my professional web page with information provided by the All Kinds of Minds Summer Blog series.

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

understanding all kinds of children's minds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Other assessments done with my child seemed to focus on the "problems" with few recommendations on what to do. She didn't "qualify" for support services but we knew she struggled and wasn't learning all she could. The All Kinds of Minds approach was helpful in helping us understand what may be going on and ways to approach the learning with the approach of that's just how it is. Not right or wrong, good or bad, just is.

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

As a school counselor and in goig through the process of having my child be evaluated andreading the books, I've found the thinking on taget.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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All Kinds of Minds is a fantastic organization run by wonderful and caring people. My School, Wasatch Academy partnered with AKOM nearly ten years ago and has never looked back. We saw positive impact on our students' achievement and overall happiness in school. Based on these early successes, Wasatch Academy committed to training all of its teachers, dorm parents and administrators. We have used the AKOM framework to inspire programs and services at the individual student, Whole class, and school-wide levels. Teachers are trained and expected to intervene within their own fields of expertise as well as support the interventions of colleagues teaching other classes. In an age where many private schools are struggling, Wasatch Academy is thriving and expanding. With students from 33 countries and 22 states, representing a wide variety of learning styles and strengths, we are proud to say that when it comes to walking the walk, Wasatch Academy really does... We teach all kinds of minds. And we reach them too! Thanks to AKOM for their dedication to developing quality programming for educators!

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

1.Understanding neaurodevelopment and its impact on learning 2.Understanding Neurodevelopmental variation and its implications for teachers and school administrators 3. Developing programs and services based on the AKOM framework and philosophy

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

Move their headquarters to Utah. ;-)

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

Great programs, wonderful people and commitment to supporting advancement in educational theory and practice

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

wonderful, patient, and supportive

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

1. Reach more teachers, help more students, offer services at no charge to those who can not afford their programs. 2. Begin to offer consultation services and professional development at little or no cost

Ways to make it better...

Tough to say. I have ALWAYS been beyond satisfied and supported by AKOM.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am a Special Education teacher, thus. I am very used to focusing on the modalities through which my students learn best. All Kinds of Minds offers excellent training and materials in this area. They FOCUS the teacher's directions on the STRENGTHS of the students. The materials are so well developed that the process works for all teachers; not just those with training in that area. That is obviously the strong suit - and it is MARVELOUS! What I found equally compelling and of considerable use is that the process allows me to look at my instruction, the different concepts, etc -- and helps me to figure out what is needed to learn this concept. For instance - if this concept requires strength in a certain modality to master the content; then I can adjust my activities so that I focus on the activities that will not only support the learning styles of the students; but will target those areas necessary for mastery of that content. This training is marvelous - and in Oklahoma is available through a state funded grant! What a marvelous tool for us as educators!!

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

Seeing improvement in the learning of my students; and a better understanding of student learning modalities in my colleagues

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

want this training to be available to all teachers!

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

getting absolutely excellent training AND useful materials.

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

Wonderful! Knowledgeable and professional.

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

Train a lot of teachers and be able to pay them for the extra days of work.

Ways to make it better...

I could have attended more training

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

they have a very large audience to reach - and there is never enough time designated for teacher inservice/training.

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

If you are an educator and you have not heard of All Kinds of Minds.....do yourself a favor. Go to their wwebsite and check it out!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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One of the strongest lessons from All Kinds of Minds is to focus of strengths. In my career as a teacher, weaknesses often become the target of extra effort. Effort is much more effective when the focus is on what the student CAN do and understand. All Kinds of Minds books, tapes, and materials can totally change your perspective on helping students achieve and will make you a much better teacher.

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

my teaching practice. I have witnessed others use techniques drawn from All Kinds of Minds with great results.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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