Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference Part 2

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, Founder/CEO

The Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference (MCSC) was a joyous event. On April 27th, over 500 people came to see Maryland’s best in STEM at Baltimore City Community College . Maryland’s lieutenant governor Boyd Rutherford was the keynote speaker.

All 4 One Tutoring had a wonderful exhibit that showcased our STEM initiatives and program offerings. We showcased Honeycomb Kits and how these coding kits can be utilized in the k-career setting. Honeycomb specializes in STEAM education. We are grateful for this partnership.

Our exhibit also showcased Deilab and Smart Learning Solutions STEM 2 STEAM initiatives. All 4 One Tutoring has put together an extended learning program with Deilab and Smart Learning Solutions. We currently run a program at Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School in Baltimore City. We are also excited to bring drone technology in our programming.

Thomas Hayes, Board Chair

We really enjoyed the MCSC and those who were really astonished of our programs and offerings. We will have more about this event for those who are subscribed to our mailing list. If you’re not already subscribed, make sure you subscribe TODAY!

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Finding Focus: How to Find a Distraction-Free Learning Area for Your Children

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by Susan Good retirededucator.org

Learning how to focus on the task at hand can take years to perfect, and for many kids across the US, it can be difficult to find a good balance between school work and homework. Moving from the classroom to all the distractions that home offers can be jarring, leading to a decline in grades and poor self-esteem. That’s why it’s so important to help your child find a distraction-free zone to do schoolwork in, whether it’s in a room that is isolated from the rest of the house or just a desk where they have room for all the tools they need to learn.

You can also make other areas of your home more conducive to learning, such as adding a reading nook that has good lighting and comfy chairs to sit in. This is especially helpful for kids who aren’t automatically drawn to books, and it can help them find a love of literature that will help boost their experience in school.

Keep reading for the best tips on how to create a distraction-free zone for your kids at home.

Find a Quiet Space

Whether the learning area you create is in a room by itself or is simply an organized desk for homework, it should be a quiet space that won’t allow for interruptions. This is especially important if you have more than one child. Look for an area that is away from the main part of the house, or one that can be closed off easily for privacy and quiet.

Create a Reading Nook

Even kids who don’t necessarily love to read will enjoy having a space of their own to sit and look through the books that interest them, so creating a reading nook could benefit your child greatly. Add a comfy chair or pillows, strong lighting, and storage for books, and make sure it’s in a spot that will give your child a little privacy, as it’s difficult to become engaged in a book when there’s a lot going on around us. Make sure you look for books that are both educational and fun, on topics that interest your child. If you’re unsure of how to get started, you might consider hiring a professional to come in and remodel the area; click here for more information.

Set a Schedule

Now that you have the space, it’s a good idea to set a schedule for your child to do his homework or to study. It can be hard to get into a rhythm when there are so many other things going on, such as soccer practice and afterschool activities, so help your child find a routine that will benefit him on a daily basis. Once he gets into the habit of starting homework at a certain time, he’ll be more likely to stick with it throughout the school year.

Turn Off the Devices

Whether your child loves the TV, computer, tablet, game system, or smartphone, it’s important to set rules about when he can use them when school is in session, as they can be a pretty big distraction. The area where he studies and does homework should be device-free, although some studies have shown that classical music played at a low volume can be beneficial for kids who are trying to focus on tasks.

Creating a distraction-free zone for your child can have multiple benefits, especially if he has a learning disability or finds it difficult to concentrate at home, where there are so many opportunities to do anything other than learn. It’s also important to make sure your child isn’t hungry, thirsty, or tired when he sits down to do homework, as being uncomfortable can be a distraction in itself.

Going Over Homework

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

Over the past few years, we have been asked by potential clients and clients for our tutors to go over homework. Our response to that is that we don’t go over homework, but we provide homework assistance/help. Let’s explain.

-Going over homework does not instill skills for autonomy.

-To promote autonomy, we promote and use effective research-based modeling.

-Once a client displays independence with that skill, he/she will be comfortable with doing his/her own homework assignment.

All of our tutors are trained in research-based techniques. We are in the business of not only improving content/skill level and grades, but character too.

2017 Year in Review

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

It has been a joyous 2017. All 4 One Tutoring continues to make strides. In last year’s review, I stated that we have put some things in place to diversify and expand our company and services, and we began to reap the fruits of those seeds.

Contracts/Partnerships

In March of 2017, we secured a contract with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). We are very elated to have this contract. Recently, we have submitted a proposal to secure another contract with MSDE. We are executing our current contract so well that we are optimistic that we will keep securing contracts.

In June of 2017, we obtained a business-to-business (B2B) partnership with SD Solutions. They help support us with e-learning. We look forward to a lengthy partnership.

Once again, we were able to hire tutors and instructors for our local face-to-face tutoring and our after-school program at the Empowerment Academy . This month, we have once again started the process of hiring an administrative assistant/marketing intern . We are looking forward to bringing more staff on-board the first 3 months of 2018.

Office Home

Last year (it was mentioned in our 2016 year in review), we closed one of our offices due to space and location. We are still looking for a larger center/office to call home. Over the past few months, we have been looking at buildings. We still have office space at The Empowerment Academy.

Afterschool Program

Our after-school program, at the Empowerment Academy , continues to get praises by administrators, community leaders, and parents. Even though we have lost a few of our loyal families and students for the 2017-2018 school year due to graduating and/or transfers, we continue with our project-driven instruction, STEM projects, and arts.

Workshops/Seminars

On the behalf of All 4 One Tutoring and All 4 One Learning Solutions, I was able to participate in a 3-day research seminar at Georgia State University via the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). I was amongst some leaders in research. We came together to not only familiarize ourselves with the Program the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and its databases but to be on the path to help solve problems or close gaps in cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Since I am an employer, I wanted to use the database to acquire knowledge and begin research on average literacy skills of adults within two age groups. Hopefully this research becomes into fruition in 2018.

Mayor’s Office

I was elated and honored for All 4 One Tutoring to be approached by the Baltimore Mayor’s Office to participate in a well overdue employment event entitled Work Baltimore. This month long event was initiated to serve the City of Baltimore’s citizens and stimulate the City’s economic growth. Unfortunately, due to previous commitments, we were unable to participate in the seminars and workshops. However, we are very grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully, we will get another opportunity in the future.

First On-Demand Course

All 4 One Tutoring debuted its first on-demand Spanish I course in July. The course uses vocabulary and language structure through a series of activities designed for realistic communication. You achieve listening, reading, speaking, and writing language skills. You will develop an understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

Doing Business As (DBA)

In the last quarter of this year, we acquired a trade name (All 4 One Learning Solutions) with Maryland’s Department of Assessments and Taxation. All 4 One Learning Solutions has a different focus and operation than All 4 One Tutoring. The focus is solving problems with innovation. We look forward to what this new venture will bring in the future.

Accounting

For the fifth year in a row, All 4 One Tutoring‘s income and net profit has increased. We just celebrated our sixth year in operation in October. Our income has increased 30% this year from 2016 (a slight decrease from 2015’s report), and our net profit has increased 26% (a slight decrease from 2015’s report). What we have planned for 2018, we hope to keep this trend ascending.

What’s Next

Being the owner of such a blossoming, rewarding, and empowering organization is such an honor. We are proof that when we work together to achieve a shared goal, we can expand quality services so that everyone can be autonomous in positive social change. What we have planned for 2018 is:

  • to expand to the state of Georgia.
  • to develop more on-demand courses.
  • to begin a company book project.
  • to develop more partnerships.
  • to find our office home.

Special Thanks

I would like to give a special thank you to those who have contributed blog posts this year. Laura Pearson has been a huge help with contributing wonderful informative and innovative content. We will continue to open our doors for guest bloggers in 2018.

See you prosper in 2018!!

What Are You Going to Do Winter Break?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

I’d thought that I should contribute/write the last couple of blog posts of 2017. It’s been an exciting and yet another progressive year for All 4 One Tutoring. I will write about that in our last post of 2017 next week.

Right now, a lot of students (whether college or school-aged) are on winter break. Parents, I’m sure that you have some wonderful activities planned for your child(ren). 🙂 College students, I’m certain that you’re excited about starting the next semester on your journey of earning your college degree in addition to getting a little rest after taking finals. 😌 I’d like to give you some ideas and things you can do over the winter break that will be fun but still incorporate learning.

Well, I think that one of the most important things you can do over the winter break is visit your local public library.

Yes, you can read books there and check audios, books, and DVDs out. However, most public libraries have scheduled engaging activities each month. Some libraries have activities for specific age groups.

I know it’s the holiday season and the malls and stores will have GREAT after Christmas sales. However, use your mall and store trips as a real-life learning experience. Parents of school-aged children, you can create math/story problems in your shopping experience. College students you can create/do something as well. Here are a few examples:

1. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. What is the percent of decrease in the cost of the shirt? (This problem is typically geared toward middle-schoolers.)

2. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. How much money will you save? (This problem is typically geared toward elementary students.)

3. Macy’s is one of your favorite stores, and you want to know why customers buy the things they do. You can research shopping behaviors and understand how products are priced. (This is typically geared toward college students who are majoring in business administration, marketing, fashion merchandising.)

Now, you’ve received all of these nice things for Christmas, and you have to make room for them. You may be getting ready to bring in the new year and want to clean your closet and drawers out. Winter break may be the perfect time to do so. While you’re cleaning out your closets and drawers, think about donating your unwanted items to a charity.

Usually around the holidays and winter break, I see a lot of people at the movie theater. Well why not use this activity as a learning experience? Parents of school-aged children, you can have your child(ren) discuss/write about the setting, the plot, the characters, and what he/she enjoyed the most about the movie.

I know a lot of you have, will receive, or give video game consoles for Christmas. Yes, some of the games are educational and engaging (e.g. Minecraft). However, why not spark some interest in creating your own video game and/or app? This would be an awesome thing to start to think about and begin the planning stages on winter break.

I hope that I’ve really sparked your interest in doing some, if not all, of these activities. You can even take the ideas I’ve given you and cater them to your liking.

2016 Year in Review 

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Contributed by Dr. Charice Hayes CEO


It has been a continued promising year for All 4 One Tutoring. This past year, we’ve put some things in place to diversify and expand our company and programming. Within the first five months of 2016, we were able to hire tutors and instructors in our after-school program. In November, we’ve started the process of hiring a marketing intern. This additional hiring helped us grow and continue to mirror the company’s mission statement. We’re looking forward to hiring more staff members in the first 3-4 months of 2017. 
In the summer of 2016, we continued a summer tutoring program. Some of our clients wanted to avoid that dreadful “summer learning loss.” We conducted online and face-to-face sessions. We plan to do the same summer 2017. 

During the summer of 2016, All 4 One Tutoring had to close one of its offices due to space. We are currently looking for a larger office (That’s a good thing!) We still have office space at The Empowerment Academy

Our after-school program continues to get praise by administrators, community leaders, and parents. This school year, we continued with more project-driven instruction and projects. We have even purchased state of the art headphones for our learning labs.

We are looking forward to finishing the 2016-2017 school year with continued success. 

Last but not least, for a fourth year in a row, All 4 One Tutoring‘s income and net profit has increased. Our income has increased 40% from 2015, and our net profit has increased 30%. We would love to see this trend occurring year after year. Being the owner of such a blossoming and empowering organization is such an honor. We are proof that when we work together to achieve a shared goal, we can expand quality education and training so that everyone can strive for positive social change. We have more plans underway for 2017!!!!
  

Here’s a look at All 4 One Tutoring’s agenda in 2017:
-more partnerships (international and nationwide)

-opening a bigger office

-increasing staff 

-offering more training and workshops 

-revisiting 21st CCLC (Century Community Learning Centers)

-expanding our foreign language service

-developing an internship program 

I’d like to thank everyone who has had a positive impact and who has supported All 4 One Tutoring this year previously, and I always look forward to your continued support. Together we can reach the goal of educational EMPOWERMENT and provide positive SOCIAL CHANGE.

Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

Growth 

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by CEO Charice Wofford

As I sit here and think, in October of 2011, All 4 One Tutoring LLC was formed literally from my home office in my basement. When we were formed, we were strictly an online tutoring business that mainly focused on language learning and test prep with international clients. We then began to offer online tutoring services in other subject areas to people all over the world including the United States. 

During the next couple of years, we began to offer private face-to-face tutoring in Baltimore City and County. A year later, we began to offer the same service in Charleston, South Carolina. This was an exciting time for us. 

Since then, we continued to expand our brand and services through partnerships made possible through our wonderful board members. Those services include after-school programming, professional development and training, and writing services. With the growth, the company needed an official office. So, we opened up an office location in Pikesville, Maryland early 2015. In addition, we are looking to become an approved testing site for CASAS (Comprehesive Adult Student Assessment System). We hold sessions, trainings, and meetings at our office location.

With all of my hard work, dedication, and support systems (board members, family, and friends), I am truly elated with the growth All 4 One Tutoring LLC has experienced. All 4 One Tutoring LLC has been recognized two years in a row by the Baltimore Recogntion Program for “schools and instruction” and “educational services.” We also made it to the site visit stage for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in 2015. I just received a message that we have been chosen as a semi-finalist for a small business grant.(Vote for us) 

  
As we continue to grow, what’s more important are the clients that we service and have serviced. Their growth is our growth!! Each client that is serviced, is our drop in the bucket of positive social change.