Instructor Owen Biddle shares his passion for shutterbugging during small, personalized classes at his eponymous photography school. A photo artist himself, Owen doesn't separate composition from technical instruction; instead, he invites students to see the artistic possibilities in everything they do with their cameras. Besides photography classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, he also leads photo salons and field trips to help his pupils hone their skills.
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.
Helmed by state-certified teachers, KnowledgePoints learning centers mold the minds of those students who have fallen behind–or those students who need an extra challenge–in a comfortable and supportive environment. The organization's teachers take a personal approach to basic skills tutoring, relying on tried-and-true techniques to help students boost grades in math, reading, and writing, and to develop better study habits. Additionally, KnowledgePoints utilizes diagnostic skills assessments in order to identify every student's strengths and weaknesses.
John Morris made his fortune in iron and then, with the help of his sister Lydia, turned to a far more delicate medium: exotic plants. Starting in the 1880s, the duo traveled the world in search of specimens to bring back to their Philadelphia home. That formidable collection blossomed into the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania after the siblings donated their estate to the University of Pennsylvania in 1933.
Their carefully manicured English-style gardens, complete with swan pond and azalea meadow, now also belong to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors today stroll winding footpaths among 13,000 plants, hailing from 27 countries; there's a prominent Japanese influence in several areas, including the Japanese Hill and Water Garden. Stately trees dot the property, including trident maple, Engler beech, and Bender oak?the latter of which researchers believe may predate the Morris estate by more than 100 years. And some notable plants are kept inside: the Victorian-style fernery encases tropical fronds and trickling waterfalls in a balmy paradise of glass.
Children especially flock to the Garden Railway, where G-scale model trains chug through a miniature garden, passing buildings made entirely of natural materials by skilled chipmunk carpenters. The Garden Railway runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends through mid-October. They and their minders also tend to enjoy scrambling across wooden bridges suspended high above the forest floor to get a bird's-eye view of the arboretum at the Tree Adventure.
When working to improve the operations of their business clients, staffers at Paradigm Group Consultants refer to the three qualities that have aided in their own success: innovation, implementation, and improvement. With the aid of their optimization experts, businesses learn new ways to handle their operations, institute those methods, and continue to chip away at inefficiencies, such as accidentally buying chairs with three armrests. The group splits its focus into four specialities, including talent management, human-resource strategy, diversity and inclusion, and organizational development. The consultants also offer training courses to individual businesspeople on such topics as interviewing candidates and being effective leaders.
After working her way through college as a bartender, Denise Mitchell opened Bucks County School of Bartending in 1999. Her BA from Arcadia University led to a teaching certification, and she decided to mix all of her talents together with her bartending school. Eleven years later, the Casino Dealer School was added, and graduates from this multifaceted institution go on to place bets and mix drinks in casinos, bars, and warp zones around the state.
Courses often include a strategy handout for tips on betting and bluffing, and Mitchell's instructors draw on their experiences in casinos across the globe to give true-to-life advice. Alternatively, the standard curriculum of her bartending seminars builds professional bartenders from the ground up with lessons in bar equipment, pouring, and how to listen to patrons' life confessions without screaming.