Educational Solutions CNY Established to Promote Student Success
Educational Solutions CNY is officially in practice. After brainstorming about an educational consulting practice for years, a group of colleagues has banded together to provide consulting services to parents, students, and educators in the Central New York region and beyond. The unique skill sets within the group will enable an A-Z approach to educational support services, such as testing and assessment, academic support and tutoring for students with special needs at all levels (kindergarten through graduate school), higher education placement, and K-12 district literacy training.
The inspiration that led to this coalition of professionals, says Dr. Sheila Clonan, "was the fact that too often our current educational systems allow children to fall between the cracks." The mission of Educational Solutions CNY is to support such students, as well as their parents and teachers. The practice will promote individually tailored student success via practical, creative and research-based solutions in which the diverse team is well-trained and experienced. Dr. Sheila Clonan, Kelli Johnson, Dr. Michelle Storie and Dr. Kimberly Williams will comprise the practice.
Sheila Clonan and Michelle Storie are both NYS licensed psychologists and certified school psychologists and, among other services, will provide the assessments that can be the basis for many of the other support services offered. Kelli Johnson is a literacy expert who will focus on reading intervention and school district literacy training, while Kimberly Williams will provide academic support and tutoring for upper level students with special needs.
Sheila worked as a school psychologist in the Syracuse City school district and has also taught at Syracuse and Colgate Universities. She has been a long-time advocate for the special needs community, founding CAPAS and the Oz Project. CAPAS was created to promote advocacy and support for parents of children with disabilities in the Cazenovia area. The Oz Project is a workshop to promote inclusion and belonging among children of all abilities.
Kelli Johnson has a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities and specializes in providing professional development for school districts seeking to implement direct, systematic reading instruction using research-based interventions. Literacy coaching, lesson observation/debriefing, and modeling of explicit instruction are her areas of focus.
Michelle is a working K-12 school psychologist, has served as Director of the Syracuse University Psychoeducational Laboratory for over 15 years, and is on the executive board of the New York Association of School Psychologists.
Kimberly Williams has her doctorate in Education and has been providing academic support services for college students with various learning disabilities for the past several years. She works intensively with students to promote their long term success in college and for some, in graduate school and throughout the career search process. She also works with faculty at colleges and universities to help them improve teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Educational Solutions CNY can be contacted at 315-320-6404 or e-mailed at info @educationalsolutionscny.com. The coalition’s website can be found at www.educationalsolutionscny.com
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