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Many educators hold beliefs about educating gifted students that research has long proven wrong.

This report provides the facts to counter the following myths:

  • Ability grouping is unnecessary for high-ability students and harmful to other students
  • Gifted students are needed in the classroom as role models for other students
  • Mixed-ability "cooperative learning" benefits gifted students
  • Advanced students benefit by teaching less-advanced students
  • Acceleration should be used sparingly, as few gifted students need it and it causes academic and social/emotional problems
  • Simply "clustering" gifted students in a classroom is enough to meet their needs.
  • Gifted students will be fine, regardless of how they are educated

We explain what the research really says about these issues, and help you advocate for the educational options your child needs. 

$9.95

This report is packed with information to help keep your high-ability student challenged and interested in math. The report covers resources and options to supplement, enrich and advance your child's math education.

In -class options including:

  • distance-learning programs
  • computer programs
  • websites
  • challenge books
  • leading and/or providing resources for high-ability math groups
  • creating math teams
  • arranging math competitions

At- home options including:

  • math games
  • problem-solving challenges 
  • distance-learning opportunities
  • summer math camps
  • math clubs
  • DVD programs
  • math mentors

Also included:

  • Advice on how to negotiate with teachers to implement alternative learning programs for your child
  • Responses to the myths and misinformation educators believe about teaching advanced math students
$9.95

Over 86,000 middle schoolers take the SAT each year in order to participate in regional or national talent search programs. This guide helps these young students through the daunting task of preparing for the SAT.

The report covers:

  • test structure
  • test content
  • learning strategies to help students reach the correct answer quickly and accurately
  • practice strategies so that students can study efficiently and effectively
  • crucial tips for test day

The guide was written by national test preparation expert Ben Paris, former Curriculum Director for Kaplan Test Prep. Mr. Paris created the award-winning Peterson's Test Prep SAT Online course, as well as personally tutoring thousands of students in how to do their best on standardized tests.

$9.95

    “If you have a gifted student, you must read the ‘Myths’ Parent Guide.”
    Rachel H., California

    “Your math Parent Guide is EXTREMELY helpful.  You have wonderful ideas and so
    many sources
    ."
    Tammy Nagel, Kansas


    Consulting Services



    Tell us about your childís interests and strengths, and weíll provide step-by-step guidance to help you get your high-ability math or science student, talented writer, or advanced reader a great education.

    We suggest a host of innovative approaches to help keep your child challenged and interested in learning, both in the classroom and at home;

    We help you negotiate with your school to better meet your childís needs through approaches such as acceleration, distance learning, independent study, etc.;

    We suggest resources, including on-line programs, websites, DVDís, computer programs, and intriguing workbooks to replace and supplement less-challenging work at school and at home.

    We help you get your child involved in math competitions, and advise about organizing math clubs and math teams;

    We help you find -- or organize -- book clubs and young writerís communities;

    We help you find publication opportunities and writing competitions for your child; We help you find mentors for your child; and more

    $125/hour Ė we happily pro-rate for shorter consultations.

    Our consultants, including Rhodes Scholars and Harvard graduates, help your child (and you!) through the college planning process:

    • We help students understand what selective colleges are looking for;
    • We help students build a resume that will help them get into selective colleges;
    • We help students find the colleges that are right for them;
    • We advise about testing, curriculum, and teacher recommendations;
    • Our professional writers advise students about their college essays;
    • We help students prepare for college and scholarship interviews.

    $150 per hour

    Our primary consultant is Susan Goodkin, who heads our consulting team. Susan is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Susan is currently the Executive Director of the California Learning Strategies Center. In addition to college consulting, Susan writes and speaks nationally on education issues, including college admissions. She has been published in newspapers including The Washington Post,The Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Houston Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee.

    "Because of the letters you drafted and your negotiation advice as we struggled with teachers and administrators, my daughter is finally getting the academic challenge she desperately wanted."
    Dorothy Austin, California 

    "Great suggestions for keeping my children challenged!  I’ll definitely be consulting with you throughout their schooling."
    Cheryl Abbot, Georgia

     



    DVD’s

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    These DVD programs, featuring interactive exercises and hands-on participation, provide students of all abilities with information and learning strategies that will help them throughout their academic careers -- into college and beyond. 

    This program teaches students how to:

    • Identify their learning style (visual, audio, kinesthetic) and learning disposition (creator, performer, producer, relator, inventor)
    • Work with their learning style and disposition to make classwork and homework easier
    • Use brain-based techniques to learn new information so that it is incorporated into their long-term memory most effectively
    • Apply the most effective and up-to-date (as well as fun and creative) study techniques, including
      • acrostic mnemonics
      • acronym mnemonics
      • visual mnemonics
      • point of loci memorization
      • idea-mapping
    • Use the newest research-based techniques for improving test performance

    $25.95, includes S&H

    These DVD programs, featuring interactive exercises and hands-on participation, provide students of all abilities with information and learning strategies that will help them throughout their academic careers -- into college and beyond. 

    This program teaches students how to:

    • Identify their learning style (visual, audio, kinesthetic) and learning disposition (creator, performer, producer, relator, inventor)
    • Work with their learning style and disposition to make classwork and homework easier
    • Use brain-based techniques to learn new information so that it is incorporated into their long-term memory most effectively
    • Apply the most effective and up-to-date (as well as fun and creative) study techniques, including
      • acrostic mnemonics
      • acronym mnemonics
      • visual mnemonics
      • point of loci memorization
      • idea-mapping
    • Use the newest research-based techniques for improving test performance

    $25.95, includes S&H

     

    These DVD programs, featuring interactive exercises and hands-on participation, provide students of all abilities with information and learning strategies that will help them throughout their academic careers -- into college and beyond. 

    This program teaches students how to:

    • Identify their learning style (visual, audio, kinesthetic) and learning disposition (creator, performer, producer, relator, inventor)
    • Work with their learning style and disposition to make classwork and homework easier
    • Use brain-based techniques to learn new information so that it is incorporated into their long-term memory most effectively
    • Apply the most effective and up-to-date (as well as fun and creative) study techniques, including
      • acrostic mnemonics
      • acronym mnemonics
      • visual mnemonics
      • point of loci memorization
    • Use the newest research-based techniques for improving test performance

    $25.95, includes S&H

     

     


    “Information every child should have, presented in a fun and engaging way.”
    Rose Hayden-Smith, California 

    “This is a program that should be presented at the schools for all students and families.”
    Patty, California



RECORDED AUDIO SEMINARS
Listen to these recordings on your computer, or download to your Ipod or Mp3 player

 

"Excellent talk and the resource list is great!"
Dr. Judy Benson-Clarke

 "I found your program so informative and helpful."
Christine Dokko

"Great seminar!  I got lots of valuable information (and hand cramps from jotting down so many notes)."
N.G.

 

We provide a step-by-step discussion of everything parents need to know to get their gifted math students the challenge and enrichment they need, at school and at home.

We discuss how to:

Assess your children's math ability through simple approaches;

Negotiate with teachers for classroom changes to provide more challenge for your child;

Replace or supplement less challenging in-class work and homework with resources that will ignite your child's interest, including:

 

Innovative workbooks
Websites
Games
DVD's
Distance learning programs;

Work with teachers to provide parent-led programs for advanced math students;
Involve your children in math competitions (it's easier -- and more important -- than you think!)
Introduce your children to critical problem-solving skills in fun and easy ways;
Introduce children to "real world" math at home;
Set up math clubs, find -- or start -- math circles, and find math mentors;
Provide fun math challenges in the car.

We'll also share advice from mathematicians to help you encourage your children's interest in math, and dicuss innovative approaches school districts throughout the country have taken for advanced math students.

You'll leave this program with a wealth of exciting ideas and approaches for improving and enriching your children's math education, and nurturing their love of math.

Presenter: Susan Goodkin, Executive Director of the California Learning Strategies Center. Susan is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate (and mom!) who writes and lectures nationally on meeting the needs of gifted students. She is also the author of the CLSC Parent Guide, "Getting Your High-Ability Math Student the Education He or She Deserves."

(Only $12.00)

"How to Ace College" Teleclass

Everything you need to know for college success!

2 hours -- only $25.95


Led by a Rhodes Scholar with two Harvard degrees,
this class will teach you:

What You Need to Know About Lectures


What you should do before the lecture starts
Four approaches to help you remember key information
How to read your professors
Why the class syllabus is crucial
Why you should ask questions during lectures
How to take great notes
Simple techniques to help you stay alert
What you need to do with your notes after the lecture

What You Need to Know About Reading Texts

What you need to do before you read
What you need to do while you read
How to annotate for test preparation


What You Need to Know About Studying

How to study from your lecture notes and text annotations
Six techniques to make memorization easier and more fun
How to study for multiple-choice tests
How to study for true-false tests
How to study for essay tests
How to use study groups effectively
When and where it's best to study
Cramming tips (only for emergencies!)


What You Need to Know About Testing

Secrets for answering multiple-choice questions
Secrets for answering true-false questions
Secrets for scoring higher on essay questions
What to do when you're stumped
How to deal with test anxiety
What not to do before the test
What to do as soon as you're given the exam paper
What to do after the test to improve future grades

Plus . . .

How to talk to professors
What to consider when picking classes
Organization tips

and more!

Listen (and re-listen) to this two hour recording at your convenience, from your computer. You can also downloaded the program to your Ipod or Mp3player.

Instructor: Susan Goodkin is a Rhodes Scholar who received her undergraduate and law degree from Harvard, a master's degree from Oxford, and is currently Executive Director of the California Learning Strategies Center.

(2 hours, $35.95)

This program will teach you everything you need to know to be prepared and confident for your college interviews:

What you need to do to prepare for the interview
What you should bring to the interview
What factors interviewers are evaluating
What questions interviewers are likely to ask
What you should never do in the interview
What you don’t need to worry about doing in the interview
How to deal with “off the wall” interview questions
What questions you should ask in an interview
What you should do after the interview
How college admissions committees use the interview

And more. . . including mock questions to help you prepare

Listen (and re-listen) to this program on your computer,
or download to your Ipod or Mp3 player

Speaker: Susan Goodkin, Executive Director of the California Learning Strategies Center, is a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard graduate, and education consultant, K-12. She is a national writer and speaker on education issues, including college planning. Susan has been coaching students for college interviews for more than a decade.

(30 minutes, $25.00)


Everything parents (and students) need to know about getting in to selective colleges!

High school curriculum choices - How many AP, IB, or Honors classes does your child need to take? 

Grades - What are the top schools looking for?

Testing - How should your child prepare for the SAT's or ACT's? What can you do if your child                                                            doesn’t test well?

Extracurriculars - How can your child build an extracurricular resume that sets him or her apart from the pack?

Application essays - What are colleges looking for in application essays?  How can you help your child come up with great essay ideas?  What are the major mistakes students make when writing essays?  

Recommendations - What are colleges looking for in recommendations?  What teachers should write the recommendations?   Should your child also submit non-teacher recommendations? How can your child improve his or her chances of getting teachers to write the kind of recommendation colleges are looking for?

Interviews - How should your child prepare for college interviews? 

Plus . . .

How can you get your child interested in the college search process?

How can you afford to send your child to a private school?

What schools should you consider apart from the Ivy League?

And more!

(1 hour - $20)

About the speaker: Ben Paris is a national test preparation expert, with over 15 years experience in the field. He is the former Curriculum Director for Kaplan Test Prep, and creator of the award-winning Peterson's Test Prep SAT Online course. His recent publications include SparkNotes' SAT All-Nighter and ACT All-Nighter.

Ben covers all your questions, including:

How can students prepare for the SAT?

  • What are the most important strategies to improve test scores in
    Critical Reading, Math, and Writing?
  • How do you choose between books, software, courses, and tutors?
  • When is the best time for kids to take the SAT?
  • How many times should students take the SAT?
  • Why do colleges want to see standardized test scores?
  • What's the difference between the ACT and SAT?

The program also features a question and answer session.


$14.95

 


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