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September 24, 2011

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September 24, 2011

I am a Parent Educator working in the Parents as Teachers program with the Madison School District 321. Recently I attended the Every Child Ready for Math training through the Lee Pesky Center. It was a marvelous, FREE, hands-on training that has benefitted me greatly. I learned tips for teaching the early math literacy skills needed for all young children such as: counting; creating math stories; gathering as well as leaving stories; incorporating manipulatives; subatizing; and cardinality. The class provided a superb syllabus, explaining every skill in an easily understood manner, and a bag overflowing with teaching aids to help us be able to add enriching math activities to our curriculum. This was a marvelous opportunity to expand my knowledge and be able to pass it on to the parents we work with in Madison County. There was a lot of knowledge that was totally new to me. I had never heard of some of the literacy skills like subatizing. Since mathematics is a progressive skill, in order for children to become proficient in higher mathematics, they must first understand and master these foundational early learning skills. This method for teaching the early math literacy skills is fun, easy and engaging for young children and their teachers. If America is ever going to increase our students’ scores in math testing, it has to start with the foundation. This is the program that will really help!

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Seeing how the research the Lee Pesky Center did resulted in the development of the Every Child Ready for Math curriculum, and how effective and fun it is!

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I would make sure it is funded.

September 24, 2011

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September 24, 2011

We have been donors to the Center for the past eight years. Our granddaughter was tested and received services from the center. We are impressed with the educational research they are doing and with the caring, empathetic way they deal with clients. We are impressed with their outreach in our state encouraging the importance of reading in early childhood and the value of attending college or other post-secondary education. Idaho is a rural state and these initiatives are critically important.

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Diagnostic and counseling services provided to a member of my family

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Like to see them more adequately funded for the long term.

September 24, 2011

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September 24, 2011

Community Impact: That's the hallmark of LPLC. Thru their programming, they are enriching the lives of young people, and broadening the professional skills of Schoolteachers. They create opportunity wherever they serve. Idaho just wouldn't be the same without LPLC. As a donor, we are happy to continue to support them, as the Leadership continues to work with a very high ethical standard. Communication, Transparency, repect for donor base, financial integrity, committment to community. These are all hallmarks of the LPLC organization, from top to bottom.

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Their spirited outreach to the Wood River Valley community

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I don't think any changes are apparent

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September 24, 2011

before we began Soical thinking with the pesky center and Jaime Rivetts our daughter wore black, liked being alone, had narrow thinking and did not look people in the eye, she was on her way to becoming forgotten and a loner... NOW a year later she laughs , smiles and NO BLACK! is more open to new things and looks everyone in the eye. THe work they do at the pesky center is amazing! They helped our whole family. I tell anyone who will listen about the great things you do. Thank you.
The Shiners doug,Tammy and Abby.

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It has helped me understand how my daughter thinks and why , this helps me be less angry parent, and more undterstanding

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not make changes its working

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September 24, 2011

The Lee Pesky Learning Center has made a difference in the Sun Valley Idaho area where I have a home. They are addressing the changing demographics and have a realistic approach to helping the growing community. The Board of the Center is focused and dedicated to first class operations of Center and know how to reach out to the people they help. As a donor, I enjoy their creative fundraising campaigns, newsletters and events.

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As a resident of area, I see the need for the Lee Pesky Learning Center.

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Suggest to them that they take their 'model' and share it with other communities.

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

Extraordinary teachers,trainers and educators are these women at LPLC!! They are passionate,so professional,dedicated and so well researched and knowlegeable. The quality of their work and presentations and what they bring to the education field is priceless.Their work should be 100% supported and constantly funded to allow continued access for ALL individuals!!!

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Training classes- Literacy and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education and used their literature and research with my families at my center for over 2 years now with much positive results.

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Give them ALL the money out there so they were supported always and never in need of financial backing !!

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

I have benefitted by the training that the Lee Pesky staff have offered to early childhood educators in Idaho. Through a partnership with the Head Start agency that I work for, I have been able to receive further training in literacy and math. I have been able to focus my teaching in a more intentional way because of this training, and the materials that I received in the training. The Lee Pesky Center have been leaders in the early childhood field in our state. Mary Jo and Cristianne were also great supporters of a series of family literacy events that we had at our center. Our student's parents were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn literacy skills through these events. I am looking forward to the ED series of lecturers that Lee Pesky is helping to sponsor.

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Support that Cristianne gave me in developing my Master's program project.

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I would make sure that their funding is continuous so they can continue their good work.

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September 23, 2011

I teach Early Childhood Special Education. I have attended 2 classes at the Lee Pesky Learning Center. These classes were to help educators teach mathematics in early childhood. I learned many new approaches to make math fun and attainable for my students. The center also provided materials and Ideas to create math games and activities.
After the class, the instructors asked us to report back about how the activities were working for us. We then had an opportunity to refine activities and materials with the instructors in order to improve them for ourselves, as well as for the next people who took the class.
The instructors were caring, patient, and concerned that everyone should be able to teach and understand mathematics. They have a real interest in furthering education, and are committed to their jobs. The Center also has so much information to give about learning and teaching - printed info as well as the ability to answer questions or refer people to the proper agencies for assistance.
I cannot recommend the Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough!

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I have seen many children feel more successful using the learning methods from the Lee Pesky Learning Center. After they begin to feel successful, they are more confident, and begin to enjoy school and plan their futures.

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Expand it so that they could serve more students and teachers, and make their materials available to everyone who needs them.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through the Boise School District

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

A different, more global approach to math - not just instruction, but using all moments to talk about math.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

I cannot recommend Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough. Dr. Anne Clohessy is fantastic. Respect is a big issue for our son and one that, because of his learning challenges (moderate attention deficit, processing speed, etc. issues) he has not always received from education providers. Knowing this, Dr. Clohessy went out of her way to make sure that he was respected and treated as an equal throughout evaluation and testing process--and even designed the report to be personally addressed to him. The entire process shed light on the unique ways that our son learns. It has helped us understand our son so much better--and has helped him understand himself. I wish all kids could have this type of caring evaluation--it would vastly help teachers, parents and children and make the educational experience a much more positive and fulfilling one for all concerned.

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improved understanding of my son.

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No changes--I thought they were great.

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

I have worked with professionals in the Pesky Center in collaborative training workshops. These professionals have been extremely dedicated, highly skilled, and possess cutting knowledge regarding meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities and other special needs.

One aspect
of the Pesky Center work that is especially meaningful is their efforts to engage families. The Pesky Center folks have a sensitivity and respect for parents/families that provides value added to their services.

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my work with families and other special education professionals in Idaho.

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see that the dedicated professionals earned more than they do and received more recognition for what they do!

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