At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan Learning offers kids a leg up through personalized programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
Each era has its own distinct style, whether it's the flapper fashions of the Roaring Twenties or the bell-bottomed disco inferno of the 1970s. Yet, as colorful, irreverent, and chest-hair friendly as certain fashions have been over time, they all originated from a humble needle and thread. "Sewing," as co-owner and co-founder of Esaie Couture Design School Wanda Bruno says, "is totally creative, but practical. It's one of those skills that you have for a lifetime."
Wanda's first foray into the fashion world was as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied tailoring and menswear. The specificity and accuracy tailoring required established a firm foundation for her skills, which she used to land roles on design teams at Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren, where she worked during the launch of Polo Sport in the early 1990s. No matter her place of employment, her style philosophy remained timeless: "Ill-fitting clothes throughout the ages will never look good. A good fit is tremendously important."
Wanda now shares her tailoring talents with the homemakers, hobbyists, and aspiring designers who populate her school. There, instructors reveal sewing basics during intensive single-day workshops and teach new skills. During long-term workshops ranging from four or six weeks to three or six months, students build skills that help them construct career paths in the fashion industry or to start their own businesses.
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You won't find a single screen in most of Brainy Academy's classrooms—no smart boards, no computer monitors, no TVs. In fact, students spend very little time passively taking in information at all. In nursery-school sessions, enrichment classes, and private tutoring meetings alike, instructors are guided by the principles of Montessori learning, which help develop problem-solving skills and creative thinking through hands-on activities.
That doesn't mean that the programs lack structure. Kids prepare to compete on a global level with the Singapore Math system, and an analytic approach to English swiftly lays the foundation for advanced reading and writing skills. The school's methods are suited equally to expanding learning capacity in kids with learning difficulties and in those ready to move beyond their peers. (Several programs are designed to prepare kids for the citywide gifted and talented test.) Summer Russian, lego science, and English programs keep children in touch with academic concepts and away from roving gangs of philosophers trying to teach them arguments against math's existence.
In 1977, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their mission to give every child the best education possible is still going strong. They use an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student?s particular needs.
Due to their success in helping K?12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills, there are currently 260 Huntington franchises open nationwide.
The certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child?s skills, academic needs and potential for growth. Tutors note student response to different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child?s learning style. Teachers adhere to the company?s code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging students to improve grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Since the company?s inception in 1987, more than 100,000 students have earned certification or bolstered their earning power at NYREI. Graduates including Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump have made their way through the flexible schedule of courses for aspiring Realtors, small-business owners, and freelancers of all stripes. Besides licensing courses for real-estate brokers and salespeople, the school offers more than 50 programs. The sessions include investor training, workshops on LEED accreditation, and one-on-one tutoring. Those stuck at home, in the office, or waiting at a glacier crossing can still take steps to further their careers with a large selection of online classes.