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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Health, Literacy, Specifically Named Diseases

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

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This site is very valuable to me as a resource in my job as special needs coordinator. Their pages help me clarify my thoughts and come up with professional language when drafting education plans for students in grades K-8. I have referred parents to this web site and directed colleagues to it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Resource Coordinator, I often refer to the All Kinds of Minds web site. It helps me clarify my thinking especially when I am struggling to come up with new classroom strategies. I often refer parents to the All Kinds of Minds site and some have told me that it helps them better understand their student.

1 Michael M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"All Kinds of Minds" diligently strives to humanize education for all learners by focusing on developing the cognitive/academic strengths of each and every unique individual learner whilst managing those areas of weakness. To this end, "All Kinds of Minds" promotes, wholistic, multiple-sensory/sturctured, self-paced, individualized , leveled by areas of academic/cognitive strengths and areas of weakness, differentiated by sensorial learning modalities, thematic, place/project-based facilitation tied to real-life authentic assessments. The point is, "All Kinds of Minds"promotes the concept of unique individuality in learning vis-a-vis the common good of human-kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When All Kinds of Minda offered individual assessments of children with learning differences, we brought our son for an evaluation. The insights we gained from this experience were vastly superior to what we had received from our own school district -- which is usually ranked #1 or #2 in our state. Our son's academic performance improved dramatically (e.g. he went from failing every spelling test to getting 100% on each for the rest of the year). Now that he is older, he is able to effectively self-advocate, based on what he learned. The emails, etc. we continue receive have been doses of reinforcement in these years since we visited. Thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

All Kinds of Minds systematically dismantles the disease model we currently have for our schools and our students. All Kinds of Minds training confirms the role of teachers as facilitators of learning, not rigid gatekeepers of answers. A healthier future is on the rise as All Kinds of Minds continues this work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The experience of the All Kinds of Minds training was life changing for our school community. Our teachers are becoming practitioners in the classroom, guided by the analytical information provided by All Kinds of Minds. This organization supports teachers in their understanding of the many facets of learning as well as the many facets of their learners. It places great importance on the strengths and affinities of students, which has resulted in an expansion of our list of extracurricular activities. All Kinds of Minds plays a key role in what we do every day as a school community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy to find the All Kinds of Minds website. It has helped me understand how to tailor my teaching to my childrens unique learning styles. I have also been able to use the information by applying it in my workplace when I needed to train employees. The most surprising thing was that I finally able to pinpoint issues with my own learning hurdles. All Kinds of Minds is a great resource!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I love everything that All Kinds of Minds has to offer -their website, e-newsletters, and books! Helping people understand how the brain works and how that effects how people learn is so important for everyone to understand -teacher or not.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All Kinds of Minds is a professional resource for both educators and parents. The feedback that I was given about my own child was invaluable. The information that is presented concerning identifying learning styles can make all the difference in educating a child.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

All Kinds of Minds is a wonderful resource. In supporting children with learning differences, I find that All Kinds of Minds, provides me with stimulating resources to use throughout the school year. In addition facts on research in all areas of academic and social development assist with policy making and curriculum planning.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am mother of three exceptional children and I read everything that I can in order to be helpful to my kids. This Organization's website has been a Beacon to me since most if not all the Symposiums on any of these subjets are very costly and we can not afford them. This organization posts most recent information about how to help our kids succeed and achieve in the system they are getting an education. I have gain valuable and indispensable information from their website. I am forever thankfull that there are Organizations like such that can help guide a parent thru such difficult task.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.