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Browse our entire collection of Professional Learning offerings. Find a course for yourself or design a customized remedial program for your school/district.

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BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.

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The Story of Sara

Sara
PK-12 Student
Stern Services Provided
  • Instruction

Sara, with help from the Stern Center, has the confidence and tools she needs to excel in her schoolwork—today and into the future

As an eleven-year old, Sara loved the clarinet and lacrosse, and she felt great about learning and school.  This was a big change from Sara’s start in school. In first grade, Sara had difficulty pronouncing words correctly. She also had difficulty learning handwriting. At first, Sara was embarrassed and felt insecure in school. She thought it was her fault she could not learn at the same pace and in the same way as her classmates.


Sara’s parents, teacher, and Stern Center staff worked out a plan to help her succeed. Sara’s parents explained that the Stern Center was a place she could go to identify her learning style and to help her learn. “Because my brother went to the Stern Center for some of the same reasons, I felt a little more comfortable... I knew there were lots of people out there like me.”
Sara became proud of how much her handwriting and reading  improved. She came to love reading and writing. Her oral language skills also improved significantly. More importantly, she became much less frustrated, developed a better outlook, and was able to focus on her schoolwork.  She said at the time, “I can do things now that I only dreamed of doing in first and second grade.”


Sara, with help from the Stern Center, has the confidence and tools she needs to excel in her schoolwork—today and far into the future. In 2016, Sara graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has plans to apply to medical school. “I am not ashamed that I learn differently. Just as long as I learn it and that my learning path suits me, it's really okay.”

If you have ever doubted yourself in what you are capable of, you are not alone. There are tools available that can help you learn. These tools, no matter your age, can change your life.

- Katie Halsey // Professional Trainer and former Stern Center Student