Why Choose Lear
Areas of Interest Included Below:
- Benefits of attending the Lear Educational Center…
- Teachers are highly trained …
- We use only research based programs…
- The Twelve Step Program we adhere to…
- Use of the SLANT program for Learning Consistency…
- Dedication to growth and independence…
- All instruction is one teacher to one student lending structure to each session.
- Your child is typically scheduled with the same teacher each session.
- All teachers are supervised by Ms. Lear.
- Teachers are assigned based on your child's needs and our goals to match personalities for building student self-esteem and establishing a rapport.
- Our programs are individualized for each student given their testing needs, goals and objectives.
- The appropriate programs are chosen by Ms. Lear in a team effort with the LEC lead teacher and the parents.
- All program instruction is based on a multi-sensory approach.
- Your child receives direct instruction during the entire session with the exception of assessment periods.
- We will work as a team with your school, if requested.
Our communication doors are always open and parents are welcome and requested to remain with their child during sessions. Parents who understand their child strengths and weaknesses are empowered to help at home.
The Lear Educational Center demonstrates consistent results. Our teachers are highly educated and are trained by this center. Each teacher must learn our primary programs; spend observational hours with our staff and frequently conference with our lead teacher. Training may involve certification and or supervised practicum. Teachers must pass a program of examination prior to beginning any instruction with the Center's students. Feedback is regularly collected from teachers and parents ensuring program goals are being met and any irregularities can be addressed immediately. It is with teacher dedication that our students experience success very early in their programs. Our program graduation rate is extremely high and individual program test, completion results are impressive.
Our success is based on thousands of hours of program instruction by teachers who spend 16to 30 hours a week teaching in the Lear Educational Center. Only researched programs, many of which are aligned with national educational standards, are selected for our students. Several of these programs have been specifically designed to enhance state testing scores.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada developed these guidelines for successful programming in an educational setting. At the Lear Educational Center we continually strive to stand up to these attributes of the successful educator.
Respect: “Demonstrating respect for clients at all times.”
Honesty: Taking the Responsibility for being honest with our clients in all situations. Knowledge is empowering. Our teachers are always honest with our clients about how the child is progressing. We ask that parents, in turn, be honest about their children, their needs and the parent's home observations.
Humor: “Humor is a powerful attribute in helping establish a supportive relationship with a client.”
Flexibility: “We need to be involved in diagnostic teaching in every lesson. When the goals of a lesson are not being met an excellent teacher is flexible in changing the course and finding new ways to meet with the client's objective.”
Self-Image: “Many clients bring with them a poor self-image and frustration. Sometimes we need to be the one the client leans on. This also establishes ourselves as good role models for how to accept criticism with a calm response.”
Perseverance: We maintain that with perseverance goals are attainable. We are committed to helping our clients meet with their goals. When we demonstrate that we are not discouraged our clients will continue with their efforts.
Patience: “Patience creates the emotional climate necessary for perseverance.”
Enthusiasm: Our teachers need to demonstrate their enthusiasm for teaching. In addition, our teachers need to support the smallest amount of progress with enthusiasm. The teachers at the Lear Educational Center motivate their clients and praise their accomplishments.
Sensitivity: “This involves sensing when to push and when to let up; when to offer help and when to encourage clients to try on their own. It means being nonjudgmental and respectful of their feelings.”
Knowledge: The teachers at the Lear Educational Center are well informed about the programming at the Center and have a firm foundation of the programs they teach. We work as a team and other expert knowledge is always available. Ms. Lear works closely with the lead teacher who, in turn, is always available to answer any of the teacher's questions. When requested, Ms. Lear will work with each teacher to address any questions that require research or additional expertise.
Concern for the Clients as well as for the Subject:
“Life goes beyond the classroom” Getting to know the client and their family gives teachers insight as to the best method of instruction, that the client will benefit from in their sessions.
Above all, we are successful at the Lear Educational Center because we truly understand and know our clients expectations and how to help them reach their goals.
The SLANT Method was developed due to the theory of “continuous partial attention” or CPA. The SLANT method was developed at the University of Kansas School of Education.
continuous partial attention n . A state in which most of one's attention is on a primary task, but where one is also monitoring several background tasks just in case something more important or interesting comes up. Also: CPA.
S Sit Up
L Learn Forward and Listen
A Activate your thinking through Attention
N Nod and Note Key Information
T Track the Teacher with your Eyes
The article below is from the New York Times and gives additional information to the platform.
“The problem of continuous partial attention (CPA) is growing. I'm particularly interested in how what might seem like productive -tasking could affect learning and comprehension in young people...a problem that Brian Holmes pointed out this am. There was a great NYT magazine article (Nov 26, 2006, link: http:// www.kipp.org/08/pressdetail.cfm?a=291) called "What it takes to make a student." In it, Paul Tough visits a highly successful charter school in inner city NYC where a new technique for eliminating CPA is working. Students at the KIPP charter schools follow a system for learning invented by the founders, David Levin and Michael Feinberg, called SLANT. The acronym sums up the appropriate classroom behavior: sit up, listen, ask questions, nod and track the speaker with their eyes. The following is quoted from Tough's article: "Levin's contention is that Americans of a certain background learn these methods for taking in information early on and employ them instinctively. KIPP students, he says, need to be taught the methods explicitly. And so it is a little unnerving to stand at the front of a KIPP class; every eye is on you. When a student speaks, every head swivels to watch her. To anyone raised in the principles of progressive education, the uniformity and discipline in KIPP classrooms can be off-putting. But the kids I spoke to said they use the Slant method not because they fear they will be punished otherwise but because it works: it helps them to learn. (They may also like the feeling of having their classmates' undivided attention when they ask or answer a question.) When Levin asked the music class to demonstrate the opposite of Slanting — “Give us the normal school look,” he said — the students, in unison, all started goofing off, staring into space and slouching. Middle-class Americans know intuitively that “good behavior” is mostly a game with established rules; the KIPP students seemed to be experiencing the pleasure of being let in on a joke." Levin and Feinberg's SLANT method works on inner-city elementary and middle school students but what about for college students and academics? Have we forgotten how to be polite--how to fully focus on a lecture? Or are standards of "politeness" changing based on the exploding market for peripheral mobile communication devices? Attend any academic conference with a wireless network and ask yourself how many people in the audience are following the discussion 100%. Closing the laptop lid and trying out the SLANT method might be educational for us older folk as well as the younger ones.”
The Lear Educational Center is dedicatedto our client's growth and independence. Our programs are instructed in a manner that does not just provide a band aid for a period of time but instructs using methods that ensure life long learning practices for a successful future.