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In This Issue:
Characteristics Of The 21st Century Learner
Study Tip: Being A 21st Century Studier
Coach of the Month: Stephanie Goodman
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Academic Success Partner of the Month

One of our most effective and experienced partners in helping students is Pattie Earlix, Educational Therapist and School Placement Consultant.
Pattie's clients range from grade 2 thru high school. She works closely
with parents, teachers, administrators, and psychiatric professionals 
in a team approach.
As an Educational Therapist, Pattie strengthens her student's foundation in written language, reading, math and organizational skills.
She has referred many students to Academic
Success for tutoring, coordinating with us to create an effective fusion of her foundation work into our day-to-day coaching. Pattie's collaboration with our staff allows us to focus on the most important needs of our clients.
As a School Placement Consultant, Pattie offers much more than a
description of schools that might be of interest. She begins with an understanding of how her
client learns, then draws on her frequent contacts with teachers and
administrators to understand the teaching profile of each school. She knows that matching a student's learning profile with a school's teaching style greatly increases the probability of future academic and personal success.
Pattie has many years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and
coordinator of both gifted and special needs programs. She has been an
Educational Therapist in private practice in Santa Monica for over fifteen
years and can be reached via email or 310.488.7888.

Looking for a Student Community Service Opportunity?

Meet Rickey Smith, social entrepreneur and owner of the sustainable food business Urban Green. He's started a community education venture called the Urban Green Kids Row program, creating opportunities for kids from diverse backgrounds to participate in many activities related to food sustainability, from planting seeds  to learning about how organic food is grown and harvested. For more info on a terrific community service and volunteering opportunity for kids, email Rickey, visit the website at

or call (800) 200 3320. 

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What Is A 21st Century Learner? 


Our attention was caught this month by an article in the Huffington Post, written by the headmaster of a high school in Virginia.
A fashionable phrase in education today is "21st Century Learning." While that may conjure up images of classrooms filled with Ipads and digital interaction, veteran educator John Thomas decided to outline a more dynamic, comprehensive vision for education throughout this century. 
As the world becomes ever more competitive, the traditional ideas of how teachers teach and students learn are being redefined with each passing minute.
What should our classrooms look like? How should students be assimilating information and how should they be assessed? 
In this month's issue, we'll probe deeper into the changing educational landscape. We'll provide examples of innovation and new ways of thinking that may inspire and give you ideas to take back to your local school boards.

At Academic Success, we are vigilant in our quest to remain fluid and adaptable to the latest innovations that take our students to the next level and beyond.  

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"Education is the transmission of civilization."

                                               - Will Durant

Education News 

9 Characteristics Of The 21st Century Learner
Terry Heick, educator, father of three and a specialist in innovative learning forms, has written an insightful piece at the TeachThought website, detailing key elements involved in learning in the 21st century. His list focuses on adapting "classic" learning approaches for the present and future. 
 Staying Ahead Of The Curve


Portland, Maine Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk wrote a forthright, intelligent op-ed this month in response to a district-wide survey by her department. She offers several dynamic ideas for equipping her district's students for the future, with a focus on career experience programs, such as internships and "job shadowing."


Differing Perspectives On 21st Century Learning


Not all education experts have the same idea about what it means to have "21st century skills." This range of articulate, knowledgable responses to the question "how do you define 21st century learning?" provides much food for thought for those interested in how students learn, both now and in the years ahead. 



 The New Learners


with scholar, researcher and innovator John Seely Brown offers unique insight into the young learners of 2013. Mr.Brown goes beyond the standard definitions of the student in our digital age, offering hope and inspiration for those who worry about the prominence of technology in our kids' education. 



Creating A Model For Higher-Level Thinking


School districts in Madison County are undergoing an exciting transformation through a partnership with the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab. Kentucky was one of seven states chosen to participate in the Lab and educators, administrators and students are reaping the benefits of creating stimulating and effective new systems of learning that will benefit schools everywhere.

Study Tips 

 Being A 21st Century Studier 


As modes of education change and the way we learn in the classroom evolves, students are facing different challenges at home in order to keep up with the academic playing field. 
While some tests may demand simple memorization of facts and short-form answers, more and more testing now focuses on a student's ability to form a well-rounded, comprehensive grasp of a subject.
In response to this, students must now adopt a 21st century approach to study.
The first step is critical thinking: skimming through notes and memorizing bullet points is not enough. Students must ask rigorous questions and analyze the material to gain a deeper understanding of it. 
Testing one's understanding of that material is also crucial; students can ask their parents or peers for help in this, prompting them to ask searching questions from different angles. 
Learning how to do effective research is absolutely essential in the digital age; using the internet efficiently and being able to recognize valuable information is a skill that improves with time and effort. 
Finally, developing your own unique view of the world, through being curious and willing to learn and engage, will provide a firm foundation for academic and career endeavors that will stand the test of changing times. 

Coach Profile

  Meet Stephanie Goodman,
  Coach Profile of The Month
Having lived in Sevilla, Spain and in Ramallah, Palestine for prolonged periods over the last ten years, Stephanie Goodman is one of the most well-travelled coaches on the Academic Success team. 
The focus of our coach profile this month, Stephanie grew up in nearby Calabasas, California before attending the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies. 
Stephanie then obtained her teaching credentials from Loyola Marymount, including a Masters in secondary special education. She has since built an impressive and diverse teaching career through the Teach for America organization, including a three-year stint at Locke High School in Watts. 
Stephanie believes children must become critical thinkers in the world. Her tutoring is designed to foster independence in her students, maintaining a balance between quality and quantity.
In her spare time, Stephanie likes yoga, hiking and reading; her favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird,
by Harper Lee, because it was the first book that made her question the world around her. 

We consider it a privilege and an honor to support students and their families throughout the Los Angeles area.  Please call us at any time; we welcome your thoughts and input.  We are available at 310-823-4398.

Jamie Altshule
Academic Success, Inc.