How RISE at Home offers the highest quality all-round online instruction experience

How RISE at Home offers the highest quality all-round online instruction experience

Here we are in a brand new world with different challenges and new solutions. The LDS team has worked around the clock to transform our inperson instructors into online instructorsAfter dedicating hours to researching the right online platform for our students and their families, we’re excited to offer our RISE (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) at Home online learning through TutorCruncher and LessonSpace 

 

We chose TutorCruncher with the full student experience in mind. Far from the surface are the nitty-gritty detailsscheduling, invoicing, timesheetspersonal and organization-wide calendars, reporting to parents and to staff, data tracking, apps that sync people, apps that sync appsWe can also all rest easily knowing that the limited data that’s stored in TutorCruncher is on Canadian servers, is in line with Canadian privacy laws, plus adheres to the highest data privacy standards (the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Choosing the right software was essentialTutorCruncher helps us coordinate the system that surrounds the student. With software to simplify our operations, we can minimize our resources devoted to administration and maximize developing more resources for families 

 

TutorCruncher is more than a business management system. Integrated into each scheduled lesson is an interactive whiteboardLessonSpacewhere our instructors and students meet. Many features of LessonSpace will feel familiar. We can see and hear each other through video calls, similar to FaceTime or Skype. On the interactive whiteboard, we can collaborate on schoolwork and the individualized lessons designed by our instructors. Using a collaborative whiteboard may be new for many of our students, but don’t worry. This one is easy to get started and easy to use. And after each session, parents can access lesson reports to keep updated on their child’s progress.  

 

The new online whiteboard is “1 click connect“It literally walks into a virtual classroom. Your pencil and paper are waiting. Screen sharing on the whiteboard is just like watching your tutor work out a problem on paper. It has separate tabs, just like turning to a new chapter in a book. It even has built in graph paper for everyone working on their math skillsEven online it feels familiar.  

 

Together, TutorCruncher and LessonSpace are user friendly, high-quality, secure and interactive – giving our kids, families and instructors the best experience possible. These systems facilitate the lesson without distracting our students and create a secure learning environment. And they help LDS make learning accessible to more families in our community. 

 

Our mission is to empower the unique strengths of our students. The foundation of this service is employing instructors with diverse skill sets. Behind our capacity to individualize student learning is our ability to connect students with instructors experienced in creating an individualized experience for each of their students, as no two students are the same.  

 

We have found ourselves in a changed world and since March, our transition has gained a new significance. Developing our online community now also keeps us safe. We will stay home and teach. We hope that you will stay home and learn. We will research, and we will investigate.  It is a great time for imagination, and we look forward to joining you online via RISE at Home to keep our kids learning! 

 

Do you have questions, comments or feedback on RISE at Home? Want to find out more information about how we can help your child who has a suspected or diagnosed learning disability? Please get in touch – info@ldsociety.ca or 604.873.8139 x102 

 

 

LDS RISE at Home in the News

Our new online RISE at Home one-to-one instruction has received significant media attention.

Please see some of our favourite media features below.

March 27, 2020Richard Zussman speaks with our Executive Director Rachel Forbes on Global News Vancouver, highlighting our RISE at Home online, dynamic one-to-one instruction platform as one of the ways vulnerable learners can be continued to be supported during a transition to online school for all students.

March 29, 2020 – Our Executive Director Rachel Forbes spoke with CTV Vancouver about our new online learning tool RISE at Home for at-home learning. We were able to adapt and launch this program quickly in response to COVID-19 social distancing measures.

March 30, 2020 – Mornings with Simi Sara on CKNW News Radio interviewed our Executive Director Rachel Forbes about the launch of RISE at Home.

April 1, 2020 – Rachel S. Forbes’ OpEd was published in the Province, discussing how we all need to support vulnerable learners during COVID-19.

March 29, 2020 – Diane Strandberg reports on how we are offering RISE at Home to help children while they’re away from the classroom. 

April 4, 2020 – PIQUE magazine lists LDS as an online learning resource for children with learning challenges.

May 8, 2020 – The BC Catholic writes about the challenges of online learning for students with learning disabilities, and highlights how RISE at Home is helping students and parents navigate this challenging time.

April 2020 – Article written by Howard Wu. RISE at Home is listed as one of the valuable resources for families during the COVID-10 Pandemic.  

April 2020 – Our Kids listed RISE at Home in the resource list for Virtual Kids’ camps and programs – learning and growing online, during social isolation. 

Press Release: Children With Learning Disabilities Can Learn At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thanks to a New Online Platform 

Press Release: Children With Learning Disabilities Can Learn At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thanks to a New Online Platform 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

The Learning Disabilities Society’s RISE at Home supports vulnerable students 

Vancouver, B.C., March 25, 2020 ─ Today, the Learning Disabilities Society (LDS)—in the face of COVID-19 related school closures and physical distancing—announced the launch of RISE at Home, a new, innovative online learning platform providing students with learning disabilities one-to-one at-home instruction. This tool will be available beginning March 30th, when students were set to return to the classroom following Spring Break. LDS is a local non-profit charity which provides programming to students with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders and others. 

“Consistent learning support is especially critical for students with learning disabilities,” said Rachel Forbes, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Society. “By designing a system that combines online learning with personalized instruction, we can provide some of the much-needed engagement and continuity that not only curtails potential regression through a break from school, but positively impacts learning.” 

LDS’s RISE at Home (Research-informed Individualized Student Education) sessions support vulnerable learners by utilizing dynamic and interactive software that enables LDS instructors to customize lessons based on the needs of students, just as they would during in-person sessions. The new format of the LDS RISE at Home program makes it available to students learning from home throughout Greater Vancouver. 

In keeping with its mandate of ensuring that high-quality learning support is available to all students, regardless of circumstance, LDS offers bursaries to families in need. The pricing structure is based on a sliding scale model to make it accessible to all who need it. 

Responding to the needs of its community at this critical time, LDS is providing additional services through RISE at Home including: 

  • Access to secure specialized educational software with interactive tools and a dynamic interface at no extra cost
  • Increased instructional hours, Monday through Saturday 9am to 7pm
  • An online library to support families in effective home learning, including videos, technology support and webinars (e.g. Walk a MileInMy Shoes on April 1 and Disability Tax Credit on April 23 http://ldsociety.ca/event/). 

Eva Cipera, whose daughter in grade 7 has a diagnosed learning disability, has already been using the RISE at Home program. She was granted early access during the program’s trial phase. “The system that LDS has set up is a rich, dynamic platform. It is great to see the potential to integrate all sorts of media, templates and resources that can enhance the online lesson,” she says. “My daughter found it very intuitive to use.” 

“Our team of instructors and staff are very pleased to offer ongoing individualized educational support to our community, helping to provide resources and structure at a time when families are feeling multiple pressures,” said Forbes. “RISE at Home is one more way LDS is diversifying its services to ensure we are empowering all students with learning challenges. We are now able to take these technological tools and apply them to our RISE & Tell and RISE & Solve Summer Camps to ensure that programming continues regardless of our ability to meet in groups come July.” 

LDS is grateful to its thoughtful and generous community of supporters who through financial and in-kind donations are enabling LDS to rapidly develop and expand its online services platform and offer RISE at Home to children and youth in Greater Vancouver. 

As a non-profit, LDS relies on donations and community support in order to sustain its programming and provide bursaries to families in need during this challenging time. Those interested in making a financial contribution to help vulnerable students access RISE at Home are encouraged to visit LDS’s Giving page: http://ldsociety.ca/giving-2/. LDS is doing its best to ensure that all families are supported during this time; they encourage families to visit their website for learning resources or if they don’t have access to the internet to call LDS offices for support. 

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Media Contact: 

Rachel S. Forbes 
Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Society 
604.345.9129 ed@ldsociety.ca 

About Learning Disabilities Society (LDS): 

Founded in 1970, LDS is a non-profit charity that serves children with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities by providing customized learning support. LDS’s Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) program enables students to understand their unique strengths and find success in the classroom. The organization is committed to making high-quality, affordable learning support accessible to all students, regardless of circumstance. 

LDS RISE at HOME in the News

Click the links below to see the latest press coverage.

Global News – March 27, 2020

CTV News  – March 29, 2020

TriCity News – March 29, 2020

CKNW with Simi Sara – March 30, 2020

The Province – April 1, 2020