About: I made this so you can quickly find solutions to help struggling students. Refer to it often.
Main Content Index – An organized and easy way to find the helpful videos, articles, podcasts, PDFs you need.
Important articles to start with
Executive Function – Key article. Why EF is the most important thing parents and teachers must understand.
Advocacy Letter Example – Article. Explains how to write a letter to a teacher to advocate for your child.
Podcast – Podcast & PDF resource. Parents and teachers rave about this episode – it’s packed with actionable tips.
My True Story -Bio. My struggles as a student and how I overcame them. People often email me about how similar it is to their child’s struggles.
YouTube – My YouTube channel with tons of helpful videos. You can subscribe there too.
Coaching – Learn about my educational coaching practice for struggling students.
Speaking – Find out how to have me speak or run a transformative workshop for parent groups, teacher trainings, etc..
My professional background – My version of a resume
Sites and resources I recommend frequently
Dyslexia – Very cool site that shows what it’s like for some with dyslexia.
Diane Ravitch – Diane is a phenomenal blogger, a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University. She is a big leader in the movement against corporate-influenced school reform.
- Weapons of Mass Instruction – Great book about the underbelly of education.
- Also check out Reign of Error.
John Taylor Gatto – John is a former teacher with 30 years of experience. John wrote the underground classic “Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”, and “The Underground History of American Education: A Schoolteacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling”.
Alfie Kohn – Alfie is an author and lecturer who looks at education, parenting, competition amongst kids, discipline, problems with traditional schooling, homework, grades and standardized testing.
NAGC: National Association for Gifted Children
WolframAlpha is an AMAZINGLY powerful math site that I share with all my high school and college students. Bookmark this one for sure.
Magic Math – A great resource with outside-the-box tricks for all ages.
College Students – Excellent blog for all college students, CollegeInfoGeek
Teachers Union Exposed
Carly’s Voice – The website of a teenage girl with autism. Incredible story. The forums on this site are excellent for parents and people with autism.
Brene Brown – Researcher on shame-excellent work, great insight applicable to students.
Seth Godin – Marketing person with a twist- great for getting a better idea of the world our children are growing up in.
Santa Monica, CA Area Education Resources
Santa Monica High School, Public – provides a wide variety of interesting and challenging opportunities for a student body with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and interests. 601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405. 310-395-3204
Olympic High School, Public – 721 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 392-2494
Pacifica Christian High School, Private – liberal arts high school that teaches students to think and live well by integrating faith, virtue, and learning. 1730 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 828-7015
University Senior High School – Uni offers a wide range of personalized learning programs in Magnet, School for Advanced Studies, and three small schools. – 11800 Texas Ave., Los Angeles, 90025, 310-914-3500
Venice High School, Public– Venice High is ranked among the Best High schools in America by US News and World Report. 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. 310-306-3249
Ánimo Venice – Charter High School – 12700 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90061, (323) 565-4450
Palisades Charter High School – Focus on contributing to the global community. 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, (310)230-6623
John Adams Middle School, Public – The mission of John Adams Middle School is to provide a dynamic, multi-faceted, educational experience which allows each student to maximize his/her potential. 2425 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 452-2326
Lincoln Middle School, Public – assists all students in their pursuit of academic achievement and personal health. 1501 California Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 393-9227
Paul Revere Charter Middle School – A Mathematics, Science, and Technology Center. 1450 Allenford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-917-4811
Brentwood School, Independent – embraces diversity and inclusivity as essential to a full education, and is committed to creating an environment that fosters openness and acceptance. East Campus – Grades 7-12 – 100 S Barrington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences – K-12 School, 21st Street Campus, 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, (310) 829-7391
Lighthouse Church School – K-8 – The Lighthouse Church School places an emphasis on Christian character. 1220 20th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 – (310) 829-1741
Westside Alternative School – 104 Anchorage St, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, (310) 821-2039
Santa Monica College – Two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 434-4000
West Los Angeles College – a two-year, public community college in Culver City. 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230, (310) 287-4200
School Districts Information
Santa Monica-Malibu School District – works together in a nurturing environment to help students be visionary, versatile learners and values the contributions of all its members. 1651 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404, (310) 450-8338
Los Angeles Unified School District – Local District West – supports schools by building capacity, cultivating school cultures, and eliminating inequities. 11380 Graham Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90064. (310) 914-2102
Other Education Resources
Educational Resource Development Trust – places more than 700 international students a year with American host families while they attend local high schools. ERDT also organizes various Special Programs, including short-term home stays and outbound programs for Americans. 2601 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 322, Santa Monica CA 90405. (310) 450-4624
California Special Needs Law Group – Special Education Law and Education Advocacy, offers online resources and information for parents and teachers of special education students.
Neuropsychology Health Group – specializes in clinical and forensic evaluations and assessments of children/adolescents, adults, and older adults.1932 14th Street, Second Floor, Santa Monica, California 90404. (310) 982-2358
Brainworkup – Brainworkup, LLC is a pediatric and adult neuropsychology practice serving Southern California. 2730 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 601-6305
West LA Neuropsychology – Dr. Wilson specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adults. Karen I. Wilson, Ph.D. 11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite-381, Los Angeles, CA 90064. (310) 876-4294
Lev Gottlieb, PhD – Assessing children, adolescents and young adults, and coordinating their care. Clinical Instructor UCLA. (424)-835-0854. Lev@gottliebneuro.com
Adolescent Treatment Centers
Paradigm Malibu – Depression Treatment, Teen Anxiety Treatment, Teen Addiction Treatment and more. Contact here or 855-780-TEEN. Malibu, CA.
Visions – Adolescent Treatment Centers – Teen Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment Centers. Successfully Providing Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Family Treatment Since 2002. Malibu, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles, CA. 866-889-3665.
Stuff that isn’t necessarily related to education
Now – A personal look at what I’m up to right now.
Breakthrough Podcast:The Power of Making Real Human Connections with Seth Perler – Gary Ware interviews me about my entrepreneurial journey.
Self Promotion Sucks (but it doesn’t have to) – I wrote a chapter for this collaborative book. Great for anyone building a small business.
CharityWater – My favorite charity. I’ve researched charities for years and I have spent a lot of time sifting around trying to figure out how money is allocated. CharityWater figured out how to get 100% to projects. Check it out.