Educators educating Educators

Jul 21

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

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Two

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Three

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Four

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Five

Motivation Breakthrough: Clip Six

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


In case you get bored with the lazy days of summer and want to get a jump preparing for the coming school year, I added to Stuff4Educators a section called How to Study Better based on research from Harvard Medical School that highlights four science-backed ways towards better learning (Hint: drop the highlighter). Additionally, I posted a YouTube video under exercise from the Dana Foundation that won the Northwest Emmy award called Exercise and the Brain that explores the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning. Finally, some books that I have read this past year and found to be stimulating are listed.