America Needs ‘Schools for All Kinds of Minds’

March 15, 2010

All Kinds of Minds’ groundbreaking new book merges the science of learning with the art of teaching

DURHAM, N.C., March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — All Kinds of Minds, a national nonprofit dedicated to translating the latest research on how students learn into training and tools that equip educators to better reach all learners, today announced the forthcoming release of their new book supporting that mission – Schools for All Kinds of Minds.

“There is a renewed sense of urgency to bring innovative solutions to meet the challenges in today’s schools,” said Mary-Dean Barringer, All Kinds of Minds CEO and co-author of Schools for All Kinds of Minds. “By building expertise around learning, school leaders can transform schools into places that prepare all kinds of learners for success in school and life.”

All Kinds of Minds has equipped more than 48,000 teachers worldwide to better understand, identify, and manage learning differences among students. More than 20 independent studies, along with a decade of program evaluation data, show that All Kinds of Minds’ programs help students improve on multiple measures of school success and academic achievement, and support greater instructional effectiveness for teachers.

Kinko’s Founder Paul Orfalea reflected on his learning journey in the foreword to Schools for All Kinds of Minds. His story reflects the type of student many educators give up on and parallels the experience of many CEOs today, who say they struggled with learning at a young age before going on to become successful business leaders.

“We know that a struggle with learning does not mean you’re disabled; it means you learn differently,” Orfalea shares in the book and adds, “Mary-Dean’s book describes an approach that will help school leaders transform our schools into learning centers for all kinds of students.”

Schools for All Kinds of Minds shows how schools can – and must - develop expertise in “learning variation” and apply this knowledge to classroom instruction. The authors show how using what we know about learning variation can help schools create plans for success. It also addresses how school leaders can incorporate this knowledge through professional development strategies.

Book is published by Jossey-Bass. In stores nationwide April 5.

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