New Product Launch: SOI Memory Handbook

M = My    E = Everyday    M = Memory   O = Often    R =  Refuses to    Y = Yield Information Does this definition of MEMORY sound familiar?  Do you forget why you walked into a room? Where you left your car keys? A neighbor or friend's name? Memory is a major concern for many people. It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 80; we all need memory training to keep our brain sharp.  Visual and auditory memory is the backbone of school and career advancement. Dr. Mary Meeker recognized this deficiency back in 1977…

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Energia SOI Wins Education Award in India

We are so excited to announce that Energia SOI, located in India, has won the award for Best Educational Program Start-Up for Kids 2018. We are so proud of Ambereen and Sadaf, the founders of Energia SOI. They have worked so hard for this achievement! Ambereen recently wrote to us: "Hope you all doing fine. I am very excited to share with you Energia SOI has been nominated for India education award 2018. I still remember in May 2014, I wrote a mail to Diane asking of how I can become part of SOI. Its been almost 4 years since…

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Announcement: New Online Learning Abilities Tests

In 2010, Dr. Robert Meeker upgraded and integrated 50 years of experience into two new SOI tests. The ALA (Advanced Learning Abilities) and PLA (Primary Learning Abilities) tests were originally designed for our colleagues in other countries, but the need for an online version of SOI testing was another driving force behind the project. The ALA and PLA tests are currently in paper-pencil format and will be available online in September 2016. GENERAL INFORMATION The addition of Critical Thinking subtests within the ALA adds value for the career-oriented client. SOI continues to offer paper-pencil versions of both tests as a…

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Public Education in the United States: From an A to a C- in 60 Years

HOW AND WHY IT HAPPENED. WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO REVERSE IT. The Golden Age of U.S. Public Education The “Golden Age” of public education culminated in the 1950s. It had steadily improved from one-room schools to become comprehensive, twelve-year systems. It was viewed as the primary means of upward social mobility. U.S. schools consistently ranked among the top tier in International Assessments. Schools were comfortably financed locally through property taxes. School support was widespread, bolstered by local control. The institutions of higher learning were generally satisfied with the high school graduates they were receiving. The workforce had little difficulty…

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SOI National Workshop Highlights 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the SOI National Workshop in Lubbock in January 2016. Whenever or wherever I hear Diane Hochstein speak, I always hear little sayings or quotes that are amazing and sometimes life-changing. I used to attend workshops and listen intently without writing down these “gems.” I finally learned at this workshop to write these quotes down so I could remember them forever. This year we also had the privilege of learning from the experience of Dylan Fitzpatrick. First, I want to share with you Dylan’s beliefs: there are no bad children; work with children because they are gifts;…

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SOI Advanced & Associate Workshop Review

We are excited to have completed another Advanced and Associate workshop. We are grateful to the SOI practitioners who were able to participate – many for the first time! We kicked off the workshop by introducing our newest products: Vision: Focusing Skills workbook Math Motivation workbook Reading Right workbook Inspire Creativity workbook new SOI modules new SOI brochures Dr. Robert Meeker discussed our ALA & PLA tests, Diane Hochstein presented the Meeker Paradigm, and several guest speakers shared their SOI successes from around the country! The highlight of the workshop was Dr. Meeker’s presentation: Public Education in the United States.…

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Building a Real Student Support Team

YOUR SCHOOL CAN DEVELOP A VERY PROVEN WAY OF ADDRESSING RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI) THROUGH YOUR STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM AND HAVE STRATEGICALLY TAILORED INTERVENTIONS TO MEET INDIVIDUAL STUDENT NEEDS. What if you were able to... anticipate, identify, and intervene with ninety percent of your “at-risk” students in kindergarten or first grade help eliminate students’ self-esteem issues related to failure in school bypass reliance on the observations of overextended classroom teachers for most intervention referrals develop an individual and developmentally appropriate plan to effectively intervene with students by the first semester of kindergarten develop an efficient, systematic, easily documentable Student Support…

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Practical Ways to Build Your SOI Clientele

Times are hard, but change is sometimes harder! There is change in relationships, in parenting, in education, and in the job market. It seems like obstacles spring up at every turn; we try to climb over them, dig under them, or blow a hole right through the middle. No matter where we are in life, we all want what’s best for our family, children, and finances. Many times I’ve been asked the question, “How can my center bring in more income?” Believe me, I wish I had a crystal ball that would give you the answer. However, I do have…

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A Tribute to Dr. Mary Meeker

Meeting Dr. Mary Meeker was like a strong wind that comes unexpectedly. It blew my mind and life in a totally different direction. It was like waking in a new dimension that was full of truth, energy, understanding, and hope. Though not tall in stature, the force of her determination to share the SOI Model, her genius in development and enhancement materials to meet the needs of all ages, and her ability to train thousands of individuals defined her as a brilliant giant. Her goals never wavered. She believed that individuals deserved to know what kind of intelligence they had,…

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