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All Kinds of Minds

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Nonprofit Overview

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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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.



Rating: 4

While at an CHADD training one of the attendees recommended that we visit All Kinds Of Minds. Since the day I went to the web site, I find articles that have helped me. I collect information so that I am well versed with my son's situation. If I need more information, I go looking for it. If I need help, I go looking for it. The summer blog was fantastic. There was so much useful information. I sent copies to the school Principal. Our children need help and understanding. The more educated people are with respect to our children, their issues and possible solutions the more they can help and be a positive asset in the children's lives. I am thankful for knowing about ALL Kinds Of Minds.



Rating: 5

For 7 years before retiring in 2008 at age 74, I frequently sent my children AKOM tapes about learning issues to help their 6 kids. Now as a volunteer I spread the AKOM message via the teacher with whom I work, and find the focus on one child at a time, and on the strengths of that child does work. Using AKOM approaches, many of the scholars with whom I worked last year went up 2 steps in the California STAR testing, and most at least one.