Lee Pesky Learning Center through their research based training programs called "Building Blocks for Literacy" and "Building Blocks for Math" have been very critical in developing our instructional/curriculum maps for our three year olds and four year olds. Cristianne Lane and Mary Jo Sturges-Prokop assisted our team in increasing our knowledge base in these areas with on site training, follow-up and wonderful resources to use with our kiddos. The best part was it did not cost us anything because it was paid for by grants LPLC wrote and received from the Federal Department of Education. Nampa School District early childhood special education appreciates the leadership in early literacy and early math LPLC has taken to move our community's capacity to provide quality early childhood education for all preschoolers in our state of Idaho.
As the Education Coordinator for our program I have had the opportunity to both attend trainings and send teachers to trainings offered through Lee Pesky. We have been privelged to go through the Building Blocks for Literacy and the Math for All workshops over the past three years. These trainings have been comprehensive in planning, materials and subject matter. The cost has either been scholarshiped or quite nominal, remoing the financial consideration fromthe decision to attend. The hands-on resources included in the trainings have made implementing the strategies and follow through more likely. The staff representing Lee Pesky have always been experts of subject matter and knowledgable regarding the training details (registration, technology support, etc...). If there were any questions, they responded in a helpful and timely manner. Overall, every interaction with an event under the Lee Pesky umbrella has been a rewarding experience for all involved; administration, staff and ultimately- children receiving the benefit of the teachers' trainings.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
As a veteran teacher in special education, it is a delight to see the successes of Lee Pesky Learning Center students. Due to thorough evaluations, prescriptive intervention using research-based materials and strategies, the young people serve by LPLC emerge more confident and successful Not only are academics addressed, but social thinking is taught to those who are in need of appropriate responses to their environment socially, whether in the classroom, with peers in leisure interactions, at home, or in the community.
The new Executive Director, Evelyn Johnson, is a powerhouse! She and her staff have been able to partner with us this year to provide exceptional professional development opportunities relating to implementing the Specific Learning Disabilities policies in Idaho. We are so happy to have access to such high level of expertise and such a willingness to work with us!
As a licensed clinical social worker who has been working at the Center for the past 7 years, I can attest to the committment of all of the staff to helping our clients learn. From the initial assessment to receiving direct services (academic intervention, counseling, coaching for academic success), the support the student and their family receive are top notch. I love that we are able to meet the individual needs of our clients using research-based methods. Seeing our students succeed academically, emotionally, and socially is so rewarding - my only wish is that we could serve even more learners.
I am a teacher-administrator at a private school in Boise, Idaho. Our school has a very demanding curriculum, but we accept children from all walks of life. We have multiple students who have visited the Lee Pesky Learning Center and walked away understanding more completely how they learn best. This information has been invaluable to the faculty at my school. We've learned almost as much from Lee Pesky as our students have. Lee Pesky Learning Center is a phenomenal community resource.