certified learning

2017 – 2018 Certified Learning Report


Individual Instruction — personified by the image of a tutor working one-on-one with a student — is the gold standard in education. Tutoring is superior instruction because it allows students to work at their own pace while the tutor is constantly monitoring progress and is available whenever a student needs help or guidance.

This type of teaching is especially important in the formative years (kindergarten to grade three) when children first encounter the world of formal education, and are most susceptible to learning difficulties. Early failures, if unobserved or otherwise unaddressed, become fissures in the students’ foundations for learning. They are very difficult to repair and almost always compromise further educational development.

Unfortunately, individual instruction is not the Continue reading “2017 – 2018 Certified Learning Report”

learning skills, Testing, training

This Child Just Can’t Remember!

When I hear this statement from a parent or educator, my mind switches into a questioning mode.

What kinds of things don’t they remember?  Can you give me an example of what they can’t remember?  Is it just one thing? Is it multiple things?  Is it situational?  What’s happening when they can’t remember?  Is the information they don’t remember visual or auditory?  Is the difficulty in remembering information or numbers?

No, I don’t badger the witness; I just wonder.  The good news is that I don’t have to wonder long.

Fortunately, with the SOI assessment, we have the answers to many of these questions. Even better, Continue reading “This Child Just Can’t Remember!”

Classrooms, inspiration

SOI Success In My Classroom

I’ve had the pleasure of being the SOI/IPP teacher at Southcrest Christian School in Lubbock, Texas for four years. In those four years I’ve learned more about people and education than I ever did in college, and I know there is so much more to learn!

I think the thing that gives me the most pleasure in working my students is the self-confidence and happiness I see develop in them. I have so many success stories to share, but I will just give some snapshots of a few of them.

One particular student began to ride his scooter and bike all over the block after working in the IPP lab; he couldn’t do that before! Another student went to Disneyland with his family and was so much more confident; he skipped and danced with the Chipmunks in front of a room full of people. His mom sent me a picture of this proud moment!

My own son Continue reading “SOI Success In My Classroom”

Classrooms, learning skills, The Basics

If Teaching Was the Problem

If teaching was the problem, tutoring would be the answer.

When school starts, it is a positive thing for many children. With new shoes, colorful backpacks, high hopes and aspirations, they climb onto buses, exit automobiles, and walk expectantly into schools to begin learning!

For other students, it is a dreaded event. For them, little positivity is associated with this yearly ritual. The above expectation seems to not be available to them. Year after year they are held in, held over, and held back because they are not successful, despite the best and most extensive efforts and expenditures of teacher training, curriculum, and tutoring.

If teaching (and all the efforts that surround it) was the problem, tutoring would have worked a long time ago.Globe

A principal well-versed and trained in all tutoring methods says it best, “I was a reading specialist under ‘No Child Left Behind,’ and for six years, learned and implemented ‘best practices’ for students, principals, and teachers. We learned how to identify student weaknesses and skills through the Texas Primary Reading Inventory. The TPRI was diagnostic and gave us some good information on basic skills of our students. We re-taught, re-did, re-thought, and used every kind of targeted intervention we could think of, but still managed to ‘leave some students behind.’ When I saw SOI, I knew I was seeing the missing link to the education of students who struggled and students who were not achieving to their highest potential. I can’t put into words the joy and sense of peace I had knowing that we were going to meet those needs.”

Enough said.

Welcome back to school, students, teachers, and administrators.

May this be your best year ever!

written by: Renee Anderson, Senior SOI Consultant

certified learning, Classrooms

Eliminating the Gap in Elementary Education

“In my opinion, the Certified Learning program is fantastic at filling in the gaps that kids have. This is my 20th year as an educator, and I have seen nothing that does it better.”

– Jennifer Maldonado, Lubbock-Cooper North Elementary

Many students enter their first year of school unprepared to learn. They are unable to sit still. They struggle to understand what the teacher says. They are expected to keep up with everyone else in the classroom. It is a tough place to be sometimes.

At SOI Systems, our goal is students’ success. We want them to learn and thrive academically! With this in mind, we designed Certified Learning, a classroom program that teaches primary learning skills to kindergarten, first, and second graders. Continue reading “Eliminating the Gap in Elementary Education”