Educators educating Educators

Sep 26

Richard Lavoie

Richard Lavoie
was Executive Director of Riverview School from 1990-2001, a boarding school for adolescents with learning disabilities and was Educational Director at Schwab Educational Division in 2001 and 2002. He holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Gallaudet, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama and Georgetown.

Lavoie is one of the most sought-after speakers in the field of learning disabilities and has made national appearances on ABC Nightly News, Good Morning America and the CBS Morning Show. He serves as a consultant on learning disabilities to many agencies, among them ABC News, New York Times, Walt Disney Studios, and the Secondary School Admissions Board. He has been a guest speaker at many universities, including Rutgers.

Richard Lavoie

Motivation Breakthrough

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip One

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Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Three

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Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Five

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Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Seven

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Eight

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Nine


Fair vs. equal in the classroom

“Fair does not mean that every student gets the same treatment, but that every student gets what he or she needs.” ~ Richard Lavoie


When The Chips are Down


Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!