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CENTER FOR

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING

       The Center is a non-profit corporation in the state of Pennsylvania which has 501c3 IRS status. The Center was founded by Dr. Cooper in 1987 to provide low cost and free educational services to individuals with learning differences, problems and disabilities. The activities at the center are funded by donations, grants and fees for teacher training courses. The mission of the Center for Alternative Learning is to provide educational and social services for individuals, both children and adults, who because of their learning problems are undereducated or have weak academic skills. Current programs include adult basic education classes and a literacy program for individuals who have reading problems.

      If you would like to make a donation to the Center, you can add it to your LDR order and it will be transferred to the Center and used to offer free assessments and specialized instruction to individuals with learning differences who are not eligible to receive such services elsewhere.

 

NOVEMBER 2000:

 

JUNE 2000:

 

 

JANUARY 2000:

Volunteer Tutors Anyone in our local community, Haverford or Lower Merion Townships, who would like to learn to be a tutor can attend the tutor orientation and training sessions which will be held monthly this winter and spring. For dates and times, please call 610-446-6126.

At the Center we offer English as Another Language, Adult Basic Education and a Writing Seminar. The Writing Seminar was added to the schedule to assist adults who find spelling and writing difficult. It is an individualized program offered on Monday evenings, from 6 to 8, when Dr. Cooper is not conducting training elsewhere. For more information about the Writing Seminar and other classes offered at the Center, contact our office at 610-446-6126.

 

OCTOBER 1999:

Writing Seminar The Center has added a Writing Seminar to the activities offered in the evenings. The seminar is offered on Monday evenings, from 6 to 8, when Dr. Cooper is not conducting training elsewhere. The seminar is designed for adults who would like to improve their written expression. Individuals participating in the seminar will learn how to improve their spelling and sentence structure through the various language development techniques which Dr. Cooper has developed over the 18 years he has been working with individuals who learn differently. For more information about the Writing Seminar, contact our office at 610-446-6126.

Volunteer Tutors We welcome volunteers to work with the students at the Center. Volunteer tutor orientation and training is offered monthly at the Center. Call for information.

JUNE 1999:

The Center continues to provide services to adults with learning differences and adults who have limited English skills. We are looking for individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania who have learning problems. Students who are willing to participate will be screened for learning problems and take part in instruction which will be measured to gather data on the effectiveness of the learning materials developed by Dr. Cooper. If you would like to participate or know someone you would like to refer to our program, contact our office at 610-446-6126.

MARCH 1999:

     The Center continues to provide services to adults with learning differences and adults who have limited English skills. We are looking for individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania who have learning problems. Students who are willing to participate will be screened for learning problems and take part in instruction which will be measured to gather data on the effectiveness of the learning materials developed by Dr. Cooper.

     The Center also invites volunteers to participate in the project. Volunteers who would like to be trained in the techniques used at the Center can participate in monthly tutor training sessions. Tutors will observe one or more tutoring sessions conducted by Dr. Cooper with students who have learning problems in reading, writing or math. The next tutor training at the Center will be held on Wednesday morning, April 14th from 10:00 to 12:00.

Center’s Drop in Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

1:00 to 3:00

  Adult Basic Skills
Monday and Wednesday Evenings

6:00 to 8:00

  Adult Basic Skills
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

10:00 to 12:00

  English as a Second Language

 

JANUARY 1999

OPEN HOUSE

January 30, 1999             10:00 to 2:00

        The staff of the Center for Alternative Learning will host an Open House on January 30th.  This event will provide the local community an opportunity to visit with Dr. Cooper and other staff members to learn about the mission and work of the Center.  This is an ideal time for individuals who are interested in becoming volunteer tutors to visit the Center and learn about volunteer opportunities.  Dr. Cooper will conduct two question and answer sessions during the day for parents of children who learn differently.  These sessions will take place at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.

        Two volunteer tutor training sessions are scheduled at the Center for our volunteers working with adults learning to speak English.   These training sessions (January 20th - 6:30 to 8:30 and repeated on February 10 - 10:00 to 12:00) will provide experienced and new tutors with practical, easy to use techniques for helping students to improve reading, spelling and conversation skills.

The Center Drop-In Times

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

1:00 to 3:00

         Adult Basic Skills
Monday and Wednesday Evenings

6:00 to 8:00

         Adult Basic Skills
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

10:00 to 11:30

        English as a Second Language

 

OCTOBER 1998

     Volunteer tutors are encouraged to attend the series of training sessions sponsored by the Southeast Professional Development Center at the Center on November 24th, December 7th and 15th. These training sessions will provide tutors with practical, easy to use techniques for helping students with learning problems to improve reading, spelling and math skills.

 

July 1998

     Because of the popularity of operating the adult education classes through the summer months last year, we plan to do so again this summer. We have found that many adult students want to continue to work on their basic academic skills and do not like to take the summer off from practicing their skills. Volunteer tutors and the teachers will be available at the Center during the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 
1:00 to 3:00  Adult Basic Skills
Monday and Wednesday Evenings
6:00 to 8:00  Adult Basic Skills
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings
10:00 to 11:30    English as a Second Language

              As was announced in the last Newsletter, the Center has a web site. The address is www.learningdifferences.com. The web site already contains the July newsletter and past newsletters. To download the newsletter, go to the newsletter section of the website and either print it or save it into a file. Dr. Cooper’s training catalog and Learning disAbilities Resources catalog are also available on our web site.

      The number of hits on our web site continues to increase. As of July 1st the number of hits exceeded 500. We plan to up-date the web site once a week with Dr. Cooper’s speaking and training schedule and announcements about the Center and more detailed information about the products listed in the Learning disAbilities Resources Catalog. If there is information you would like to see on the web site or ways that you believe we can use it more effectively, we would like to hear from you.

 

April 1998

VISIT THE CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE LEARNING and LEARNING disABILITIES RESOURCES at our Web Site: www.learningdifferences.com

       When you visit the web site for the Center for Alternative Learning/ Learning disabilities Resources, you will find the home page shown below.  The colors are a little different; the format is the same. On the web site, you can find April's newsletter, previous newsletters, the LDR Catalog and information about the Center's various projects.  You can e-mail Dr. Cooper directly from the web site on CONTACT US and provide feedback about the Center, LDR and the web site on FEEDBACK. The web site is free; you can download the newsletter and other information about learning differences which we will be adding to the site.  We are pleased that we were able to find a web address (www.learning differences.com) that reflects the philosophy of our staff, programs, products and services.

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January 1998

RENEWING and REDOING, A MUTUAL BENEFIT

For many years, the Center for Alternative Learning and Learning disAbilities Resources and volunteers at Elwyn Inc.'s Upper Darby program helped each other. The Center had newsletters and catalogs prepared by volunteers at the day program and the day program clients had opportunities to serve the community. That partnership ended last spring when the Elwyn program went in a different direction and could not support community volunteer services. Now, that mutually beneficial relationship has been transferred. The Center can again count on the volunteer services of a unique organization dedicated to helping area non-profits and people who wish to volunteer but cannot or prefer not to volunteer independently.

The recently formed Volunteer Services and Resource Project (VSRP) is picking up where Elwyn's Upper Darby program left off. VSRP and its Mobile Volunteer Service Team, directed by Doug Mackay, has made a commitment to help the Center and LDR in exchange for space use at 6 East Eagle Road. Space use will allow VSPR, now a fledging unit program of Resources for Human Development, to provide similar volunteer services to other other non-profit organizations who also lack space to accomplish certain projects, usually mass mailings. The Center will also serve as VSRP's temporary home-base for volunteer team members to gather prior to driving to area agencies needing volunteer help. In addition, VSRP hopes to establish a storefront retail sale fundraising service, and Dr. Cooper has offered to set aside a corner of the Center to get this unique service off and running. Both agencies expect the partnership to benefit each other as more people become aware of the services of the Center, the products of LDR, and the services of VSRP.

For more information regarding the Volunteer Service and Resource Project, call Doug Mackay at 610-446-6634.

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