Jennifer Wright, Special Projects Consultant
May 10, 2023
The Stern Tutoring and Alternative Techniques for Education (STATE) Program wrapped up a successful Spring 2023 semester. As one of the Signature Programs for RCPD, STATE provides critical support for students who are struggling academically.
Tyler Smeltekop, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology Innovation
May 9, 2023
Michigan State University's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) Stern Tutoring and Alternative Techniques for Education (STATE) program is an innovative initiative that aims to help MSU students with learning disabilities who are on academic probation or at risk of falling on probation.
The Futures Collection is a novel approach to note-taking and study skills. Comprised of three specialized notebooks, this system is designed to address barriers that students face as a result of their learning or psychiatric disabilities. Leah Ellis, founder of the LeahMonet Philanthropic Foundation, felt that creating an organizational system that focused on habit development, experiential learning, and conceptualization would guide student success. We are pleased to announce that the Futures Collection is now widely available at the MSU Student Book Store (SBS)!
Leah Ellis remembers exactly what inspired her. “As a single mother and returning student going back to school, I noticed that when taking all the information in, it was insane. How are all these kids sitting here and looking at all these notes? I couldn’t keep up. I had to figure out a way to separate these notes.” This moment is what influenced Leah to create the Futures Collections, the next generation of educational tools to suit all course needs.
Stemming from a family of doctors, Allie S., a junior, human biology major always knew she wanted to practice medicine. While she first began by wanting to become a veterinarian, she later realized her true passion is helping people.
Individuals with learning disabilities are the most common among students served by the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). Five years ago, the Sterns gifted an endowment to develop a comprehensive program to assist them.
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