About Us

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to learning for all as we recognize that all great minds don't think alike.

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Success Stories

Read stories and testimonials about learners of all ages who found academic and social success at the Stern Center.

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Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff in learning research-proven strategies in the areas of literacy, social cognition, math, and more.

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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

We partner with districts and individual schools to help build strong systems of support for all learners.

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MODELS OF SUCCESS

Learn about the positive changes we have seen as a result of integrating our services throughout schools.

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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.”

As a result of the Professional Learning course I attended at the Stern Center, I have a better understanding of how children learn differently and how my interactions with them impact their daily learning.

- Social Cognition 1 Attendee and Educator