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In This Issue:
Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?
Study Tip: Becoming A Part Of The Whole
Coach of the Month: Ericka Baer
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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

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Why Are Boys Falling Behind In Our Schools?


This is a question that is beginning to reverberate at all levels of education in our country today.
A new study released last month, detailing the increasing achievement gap between girls and boys, inspired a startling op-ed in the New York Times by scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, author of the book "The War Against Boys".
While on the one hand we should view the success of girls in our education system as one of our great triumphs as a country, the failure of boys to keep up is of major concern. Even taking into account the now-accepted fact that girls tend to mature at an earlier age, the struggle of boys in our schools has become too widespread to be ignored.
This month we'll examine the different aspects of this issue, examining its causes and hopefully shedding more light on the problem as some of our best minds in education attempt to solve it.

At Academic Success, we know that our greatest success is dependent on the continued growth and achievement of all our students. 

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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

                                  - William Butler Yeats

Education News 

Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?
With educators trying to figure out the most effective strategies to redress the growing inequality between girls and boys, this article raises more fundamental questions: is there a difference in how young boys and girls begin to learn at an early age and should our approach to childhood education take that into account?
Losing the Sprint But Winning the Marathon 


One area of education in which boys have traditionally performed better is Math and Science. However, a new study by researchers at Brigham Young University may show that it's not a question of why but of how long. While boys tended to do better in the first of a five-round math competition, rounds two through five produced fascinating results.


Latino Boys Falling Behind 


At a recent educational briefing to discuss affirmative action, federal and state Hispanic elected officials brought up a new issue not previously addressed: the huge disparity in performance between Latino boys and their Latina counterparts. The crisis is best summed by an astonishing statistic: 
62 percent of all annual degrees earned by the Hispanic community are earned by young women. This piece attempts to figure out why.


 The New Segregation Battle


Speaking of statistics: in 2002 only about a dozen public schools offered gender-segregated classrooms. By 2012, that number rose to 540. While schools are clearly trying to address the differences in learning traits between the sexes, this in-depth Forbes article makes the argument for why gender segregation in our schools may not be the answer.


US Boys Bucking the Trend In Science


This month, the New York Times showed a graphic highlighting the science results from the PISA test, the Programme for International Student Assessment. The results showed that US girls still lag, though only slightly, behind their male peers in science. This insightful International Business Times article suggests the answer might lie in how science is being taught, which may be the key to solving other inequalities. 

Study Tips 

 Becoming A Part Of The Whole


One of the most common factors found in male students' recent struggles to keep up with the girls is a reluctance to fully take part in the learning process. 
Whether by nature or nurture (or a combination of the two), it is girls' willingness to connect, work with and support each other that is one factor behind their increasing success at all levels of academia. 
With this in mind, one way for a struggling male or female student to improve may be to find ways to become more engaged with teachers and fellow students, instead of playing it 'cool' and going it alone.
Don't be afraid to respectfully speak up if your teacher is moving too quickly; check in with them before or after class for advice or clarification on a particular question.
Participate as fully as possible in group activities - remember that they're there to help you learn and can create a sense of purpose and belonging.
Seek out fellow students for group review of notes, classes and study assignments. Don't be afraid to ask for advice or share your experiences; all those involved usually gain from these interactions.
Finally, always seek opportunities to be around those who may be a little ahead of you on their academic path. Those not afraid to learn from others and make new connections tend to find greater success later in life.

Coach Profile 

  Meet Ericka Baer,
  Coach Profile of The Month
In addition to being one of those high-achieving female students who are becoming ubiquitous in our schools, Ericka Baer has also devoted much of her time to helping women of all ages, both here and abroad.
The focus of this month's Coach Profile, Ericka was born and raised right here in Thousand Oaks, California. She went on to graduate Cum Laude from Colorado College , majoring in Biology. Ericka started a non-profit organization called CoverOne International, dedicated to empowering underprivileged women both here and abroad. That led to Ericka joining Teach For America in Los Angeles, where she taught Physiology/Anatomy at a low-performing school in the San Fernando Valley, even creating her entire curriculum from scratch.
Ericka takes great pleasure in sparking her students' interest in a subject and watching them improve, grow and succeed.
In addition to her academic and career accomplishments, Ericks is also a Division I soccer player. When not kicking goals with her students or on the soccer field, she likes to hike, snowboard and travel. 

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.