Children are best equipped to develop analytical skills for current and future learning between the formative ages of 3.5 and 14. That's why Best Brains sets students off on the right foot by offering focused courses in subjects such as math, English, abacus, and general knowledge. Certified teachers help students develop skills in writing, grammar, critical thinking word problems, and basic computational math, using an abacus counting tool to help develop spatial memory.
Led by linguistic anthropologist Dr. Jill Bishop, Multilingual Connections’ international staff of instructors immerses students in one of more than a dozen foreign languages, including French, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin. The immersive classes are intended to incorporate fun as well as language. While parents stay with kids up to age 3, older pupils can learn on their own. This gives guardians a chance to run errands or sip complimentary coffee while browsing WiFi in the center's cafe.
The instructors at Multilingual Connections delve even further into each language’s respective culture by always making time to converse about specific foods, holidays, and folk traditions. Dr. Bishop's young son even attends the classes, showing his family's love of multilingualism early. The woman-owned business works to connect pupils, whether children, adults, or corporate clients, to the rest of the world with classes as well as translation and interpretation services in 75 languages.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
The squeegee-wielding band of artists and interns at Fugscreens Studios infuses shirts, posters, and wall prints with original artwork for clients including The Dead Weather, Corona Beer, and the Aragon Ballroom. Through screenprinting classes and workshops, founder Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and his team reveal essential skills for silk-screening. During intro classes, students receive individual attention as they transform their own designs into colorful prints. Textile-printing classes enable students to create repeated patterns on yards of fabric, and T-shirt-printing classes instill essential skills for crafting band or family-band-reunion-tour merchandise. During private lessons, students can pursue their own design visions and brush up on their software skills with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Since 2006 our goal is to bring Brazilian culture to the Windy City. We are the only Portuguese language school in Chicago and we take that responsibility very seriously. We're also the Brazilian Cultural Center of the Midwest, and offer Samba dance classes as well as monthly cultural events.