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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

28 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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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.

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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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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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This training helped me view my students in an entirely new way. I learned strategies for struggling learners that I had never been introduced to before. It completely changed my paradigm on education and teaching. I realized students all have the potential for greatness, educators just have to find their strengths and start from there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Now that I live in Paris, France, where resources in my fIeld are very limited it's essential to receive newsletters and consult the website. I know that I can always count on that website and freely recommend it to parents, teachers, administrators for any learning challenge that arises!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teachers meet with so many different types of learners and have difficulty knowing how to best help kids with all kinds of minds. THe Schools Attuned course for teachers makes a huge difference in how the teacher understands different learning styles and even better, it helps teachers develop strategies that will help students learn. I have facilitated at least 8 courses and probably nearly 200 teachers and every single teacher has been very impressed by the course and how it has changed their practice. It is nothing less than wonderful and makes a huge difference to kids!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I provide resource information and support to hundreds of families with children/youth with disabilities, mental health or chronic health needs. On many occasions, I have forwarded information from All Kinds of Minds, to my email distribution lists (including parents and school administrators/staff). The feedback I have received has been very positive. Many parents use this information as an important resource to take into school meetings. Teachers and Educational Assistants have also reported that the tips and help sheets were extremely helpful in the classroom. Keep up the great work! Your expertise and knowledge goes a long way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I had the opportunity, through my school district, to attend the All Kinds Of Mind week training (and follow-up sessions) during the Summer of 2008. Being a new professional to my field and working in a very challenging, Title I school, I was searching for the tools and language to use with many of my parents, teachers and students. Not only did All Kinds Of Minds help me come up with valuable intervention tools to use as a case manager for at-risk students, but it also allowed me a way to engage and start a dialogue with a student who quite possibly didn't know how to "leverage their strengths with their weaknesses." I see the power and usefulness in this program with all grade levels and learning styles.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an adjunct professor on the graduate level in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. I also am a facilitator for the All kInds of Minds Program. My graduate students are all teachers - My classes are all based on the All Kinds of Minds/Schools Attuned principals and philosophy. I facilitate the "Schools Attuned" courses for The New York City Department of Education. This past summer (August 2010) we "trained" over 90 graduate teachers in the All Kinds of Minds/Schools Attuned program. The typical reaction from these students when asked for feedback about their learning experience ------ "why wasn't this my first educational course, when I decided to go into teaching?" or "Now I really feel prepared to face any challenge I might face in the classroom with a struggling student".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The All Kinds of Minds trainers were outstanding. They stimulated teachers, administrators, school counselors and psychologists to re-think about how students learn. As a school psychologist, I learned a great deal more about assessing students' processing skills. The trainers elicited active participation from all attendees and provoked much thought and discussion. Schools who adopt this program will be much better prepared to meet the needs of all learners.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr Mel Levine and the All Kinds of Minds philosophy has changed the way in which I approach children, identifying and strengthening their individual strengths and addressing areas of weakness in a positive and problem solving way. Children are without labels, feel confident and able to work together on their areas of difficulty and through understanding their minds, they understand how to learn, can achieve and enjoy school and all it involves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have subscribed to the AKOM newsletter for several years. Each edition has relevant links, specific examples of how I can help students and also heart-warming success stories that inspire me to keep on serving others. I appreciate all the research-based methods shared by this organization to truly make teachers know there is always a better way for them to teach those who learn differently.