Study Phase 3:
We are now in Phase 3 of The Foundation's Research Study. After identifying available cognitive training programs for children with learning and attention issues, we will now focus on two key areas:
1. Educate parents, teachers and others about cognitive training programs and new educational technologies and methodologies that will help children succeed with learning and in school.
2. Study the efficacy of SOI Certified Learning on K - 2nd grade children. While we examined many learning programs, Certified Learning is appealing because of its attempt to guarantee that all students will be prepared to learn in school.
SOI Certified Learning is based on Total Quality Management and its application to elementary school children. This aspect alone makes it attractive in a school setting. But it goes beyond this important element, and in addition, offers the following features:
- Each student learns at their own pace.
- It is a highly structured program that reduces administrative time and training to a bare minimum.
- It is effective with students of all groups, from income to race/ethnicity, of all competence levels so there is no need for add-on special programs; effectively, this contributes to diminishing the need for Special Education in a school. Help is instantaneous.
- It replicates and modifies easily because the centrally controlled standardized design can be implemented universally without extensive teacher training costs.
- It educates, trains intelligence and simultaneously improves attention spans.
- The design is suitable for any context: public schools, private schools, charter schools, and foreign language schools.
- It is especially suitable for young teachers because it is individualized teaching, not group teaching. The teachers gain an understanding about how each of their students learn.
- It is centrally-controlled, and standardized along common core thus insuring all implementations are always up to date with the current program.
- It makes a previously inefficient school system highly efficient; CL measures success by eliminating failure.
- The teacher can catch any learning problem or disability 3 years sooner than the current norm.
- Accountability is built into the program. It adds measurability and accountability to a school system. Evaluations can be made (based on TQM principles) regularly: Are problems being detected, documented, and corrected on a timely basis? Are objectives being met?
- The curriculum and progress of a student can be accessed by any parent to inspect at any time.
- It is a "continuous progress" model which assures that no child is bored waiting for the others; alternatively no student having difficulty will be left behind because the class is moving ahead - students progress as quickly or slowly as they are able.
- Mastery approach is used so that every module has an independent mastery test administered by the teacher; it certifies that the child has learned what is being taught, both in terms of abilities and in curricular knowledge.
- It levels the playing field for the teacher. No matter how different the students in the class are, the teacher will have done for each student everything that can be done for the student to learn to their best abilities.