I wrote a happy ending to this piece and filed it to my editor. Julia Lurie, author, in the July/August 2017 Issue of Mother Jones. When I read that, I knew what was coming. The article, Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye, focused on one mother […]
This is the second in a series of blogs on some significant issues in education in the US. It is about the “teacher shortage” in the US. Why did I put that in quotes? Well, because if you look at the literature and follow the media, and if you talk to teachers and to politicians, […]
Today I am starting a series of blogs on some significant issues in the US. Education of our youth as this has been a topic of conversation across the board and the newly released Federal Budget promises to add more fuel to what has become a fiery issue. Since colonial times, Americans have had some […]
Somewhere, back in the deep, dark reaches of our memories, lies that most scary of monsters. It causes nightmares, even when we’re grown up. It triggers waves of fright and anxiety. It is our most terrible memory of our school years. The MATH problem! Boo! OK, I hope I didn’t cause any heart attacks out there. […]
In this discussion of Executive Skills, we’ll take a look at just what these skills are, what ES weaknesses look like and some strategies for managing and teaching them. Peg Dawson, Ed.D, with whom we are working to develop this new program, gives examples of what they are exactly and how they help us move […]
In last month’s blog, Part 2 of our Executive Skills series, I promised some more definitions. Here they are. But don’t skip this Part 3 just because I used the word “definition”…it contains important information. The first important bit of material I want to get into is Barkley’s Theory of ADHD. (Here’s a bio of this distinguished psychologist: […]
This is the second in a series on Executive Skills, a new program that New England Tutors is offering. Peg Dawson, Ed.D is working with us on the program. First of all, what are Executive Skills? I’ll let Peg give the definition, since it is so “right on the money.” “What are executive skills? Executive skills […]
“Teach them to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime.” This phrase came to mind as we were making preparations for our new offering at New England Tutors – Executive Skills Coaching. “Teach them how to learn” was one of the first concepts we had in mind as we started. Yes, we have been very […]
If you live near a high school, you’ve probably already heard the marching bands practicing, the skirmishes in football, and maybe even the activities on the soccer and lacrosse fields. School is open, the teams are working and the spirit is soaring.
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Starting the day we are all born, our lives seemingly resolve around tests. From the Apgar test that is performed within minutes of birth, to our health, school work, and obtaining our driver’s license, taking tests is we measure our ability.
My guess is that the most common answer to the question “What’s your favorite subject in school?” is RECESS. Well, maybe not the most common, but certainly at the top-of-mind for kids in primary school.
For families and their children with disabilities or special needs, all they want is for people to see them as individuals. Not as the child with Cerebral Palsy, or the child with Down Syndrome, or whatever the disability or special need maybe. Whatever challenges they must face. It is only part of who they are.
As spring was coming on (at least I hoped it was…never sure in New England…), I was reflecting on the growth of New England Tutors and how we have cultivated and nurtured our organization, while we cultivate and nurture the skills and talents of our students.
Don’t get me wrong, public schools are exactly the right place for many students. I know from experience, and from the work we at NE Tutors do all over the region. But sometimes, and for a lot of reasons, a private school environment might suit your child better. But…the COST (in capital letters!). Way out […]
Today, parents have more choices than ever before with regards to their student’s education. At New England Tutors we have been able to closely observe the variety of different educational environments and the advantages/disadvantages they all bring across a range of situations.
Did you know that the average child in the United States spends roughly 8 1/2 hours a day watching TV, listening to music, and playing video games, but less than 4 minutes a day reading nonfiction? Nonfiction texts prepare students to think logically, analyze data, and discuss complex and controversial issues. In particular, students need to read and comprehend informational texts as often—and as fluently—as they do narrative texts.
New England Tutors, under the professional guidance of our special education program director, Cindy Ziobrowski, has created a new class for parents of ASD children and those with social skills deficits. To be started in October of this year, this class is designed with the particular needs of this population and their parents in mind. If you are the parent of a special needs child, you know the need for directed help in certain areas, health education being one of the most important.
As part of “Back to School Preparedness Week” New England Tutors hosted two workshops at the Portsmouth and Dover Chamber of Commerce. If you missed it, you can read up on the “Financial Planning for your Special Needs Child” by clicking the title or visiting our blog page. In addition, Cindy Ziobrowski presented “Advocating for […]
Some important information from Cindy Ziobrowski, MS Ed. Back to school time is a transition, and can be stressful for any child, particularly for some children with disabilities. In most circumstances, there are many things parents can do to make the transition less stressful. I’ve created a ‘to do’ list to help you begin the […]
A recent New York Times article drew attention to the fact that College admissions are getting exponentially harder and that despite exceptional standardized test scores and a decent admission essay, many still receive rejection letters from schools they SHOULD have gotten in to. The million dollar question is why?
Over the past several days New England Tutors has hosted four Chamber of Commerce workshops and a free Mock SAT as part of celebrating “Back to School Preparedness Week”. Held at both the Dover and the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, the “Financial Planning for your Special Needs Child: Planning to Meet a Lifetime of Needs” workshop went exceedingly well.
We believe that a “Back to School Preparedness Week” creates one more tool parents and students can use to ensure that education stays foremost in the minds of our citizenry and institutions. We have always maintained that education is not an event or a task or even a chore, but an ongoing process that strengthens us all, thus strengthening our families, communities, state, and country.
New England Tutors does not view ADD and ADHD as a disability, but as a unique ability that should be more openly embraced in the education community. In support of this belief we’ve just released our latest white paper, “Our Approach to ADD/ADHD.”
Earlier this year we posted about The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities New England (CARDNE) and include some great information regarding their Summer Camp Program – CAMP CARD NE, which offers experiences uniquely designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. Cindy, the Executive Director of CARDNE, recent posted a summary of their previous week and we wanted […]
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Good news hit the US media outlets on April 28th. A study showed that over 80% of high school students in the US graduated on time this year. For the first time in U.S. history the nation’s high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, according to the 2014 Building a GradNation: Progress and Challenge in […]
New England Tutors is proudly supporting “Indie Rising”, a wonderful new TV series being filmed right in our own backyard, and we hope you will too!
Summer Learning Loss is a topic so important to some parents and educators that it has its own article in Wikipedia. Research is also showing that Summer Learning Loss is strongly correlated to a student’s socio-economic status. Low-income children, generally in the primary grades, experience greater losses over the summer vacation than do their middle-income peers. That there is a problem is not under debate. How to fix the problem is another story.
Below is information from Cindy Ziobrowski MS Ed., Executive Director CARDNE. The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities New England (CARDNE) is a worthwhile program that anyone who has a child or friend with autism or a related disability should look into. And the camp that is described, along with their new work experience program, is high […]
“When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read with children, they give a gift that will nourish souls for a lifetime. Today, Americans young and old will take time to get lost in a story and do their part to cultivate the next generation of talent and intellect.” — President Barack Obama Today is Read Across […]
It always seems that whenever tutoring is discussed, the topic eventually turns to costs. From the smallest SAU in New Hampshire to the mega-systems of New York and Texas, the question is always raised: “Why do we need tutors when the teachers can do the job?” Of course, anyone who is seriously concerned with the […]
Dean Graziano and Allison Neal performed New England Tutors 3rd annual mock SAT exam at Oyster River High School this past Saturday February 8, 2014. Over 45 students participated in hopes of getting a good score. New England Tutors performs the mock SAT at several local high schools as a complimentary service for the communities […]
New England Tutors is happy to share with you that we’ve partnered with the State Street Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Portsmouth, NH to bring your student the opportunity to earn free FROYO as part of their “Ounces for A’s” program! Just share your student’s report card (scan it to us or snap a photo!) and we’ll send you a certificate to receive free yogurt! It’s that easy!
The subject of how smart someone is has been around for thousands of years, but it was not until Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon in the early 1900’s began developing a written test that…