One For All? The Great Inclusion Classroom Debate

One for all? The Great Inclusion Debate (

One for all? The Great Inclusion Debate (

Contribution by Katie Weigl

The very word “inclusion” conjures feelings of harmony. Yet the ongoing debate surrounding inclusion classrooms is incongruously dissonant.

The idea of inclusive education is not new. Special education public programs have been available as early as the 1950s. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s began to change the face of special education, and the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specifically supports inclusive thinking and practices (

But what exactly is an inclusion classroom?

An inclusion classroom environment is one in which gifted and talented students as well as those with learning disorders work side-by-side with mainstream students under the tutelage of one instructor.

“Of the world’s leading countries in education, the top dozen countries—Finland, Singapore, China, etc—all utilize inclusion classrooms,” says BrainStorm CEO, Scott Doty. “Of course, the ideal inclusion classroom is one led by a truly masterful teacher, equipped with all the necessary methods and tools to effectively educate every type of learner in his or her class.”

Sound too good to be true? It might be. Those who argue against the concept of the inclusion classroom have legitimate concerns about the credentials of the teachers at the helms of these inclusion classrooms.

“One issue you can run into with an inclusion classroom is that even the most capable certified teacher may not have any training in nor certification for teaching students with special needs,” says Kathy Acosta, BrainStorm’s Director of Specialized Academic Coaching.

There is the solution of employing a co-teacher who possesses these qualifications, but it raises another debate—if students with special needs get a separate teacher, is that really “inclusion?”

On the other side of the debate, those in the pro-inclusion camp assert that all students—from those with learning difficulties to those on the gifted and talented tract—will benefit from the implementation of a multilevel, multimodality curriculum, as educators in inclusive classrooms are forced to move toward cooperative learning, whole language, thematic instruction, critical thinking, problem solving, and authentic assessment (

Another major argument in favor of inclusion classrooms is centered on the social stigma of being removed from the rest of the class—for any reason.

“The message that ‘if you’re different, then you have to leave’ may seriously challenge children’s sense of a secure place in the classroom,” writes Mara Sapon-Shevin of ASCD.

Advocates for students with specialized academic needs, such as Ms. Acosta, will continue to champion the cause to further the effectiveness of these children’s education, whether it’s within the context of a inclusion classroom or not.

What do you think? Are classrooms like Caribbean resorts—where “all-inclusive” gets us the most bang for our tax dollars? Or are an effective education system and inclusion classrooms mutually exclusive?

Published April 11th, 2014

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Published April 1st, 2014

Paying Kids for Good Grades: Does it pay off?

Contribution by Katie Weigl

It’s instilled in us from the time we are children. “Be a good boy/girl and I’ll give you a lollipop.” We see the same principle applied in the workplace as adults. “If you’re good at your job, I’ll give you a raise/promotion.”

So it would seem a no-brainer to offer school-aged children similar incentives for performing well in school.

…Or would it? Cash for grades

The debate—arguably most famously posed by Roland Fryer, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and founder of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University—is ongoing.

Through his social experiments, Fryer discovered that financial incentives for what he terms “output”—or results—failed across all grade levels and all cities to increase achievement. However, when incentives were offered for improving their “inputs”—factors related to effort, such as attendance and behavior—students demonstrated marked improvement in these areas.

Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the bestseller Freakonomics, spearheaded a similar experiment to test the effects of incentivizing effort, not results.  In Levitt’s study, students were not told of the financial reward in advance; instead, they were informed just as they were sitting down to take their tests. This way, the study measured the success of encouraging students to apply themselves more effectively in the “here-and-now”, rather than prompting additional hours of studying or note-taking ahead of time. Interestingly, Levitt’s study inspired the greatest improvements when students were given a financial reward in advance, knowing that it will be taken away if certain standards are not met.

On the opposite side of the argument, in her article for the National Education Association, Mary Ellen Flannery writes that incentivizing academic performance at all could be detrimental in the long run, especially when it comes to creative pursuits. Financial incentives are considered “extrinsic” rewards, whereas the rewards reaped from learning should be intrinsic. Flannery opines rhetorically, “Isn’t there greater value in reading a good book than a certificate for cheese pizza?”

Still, Greg Toppo of USA Today quotes Gregg Fleisher of the National Math and Science Initiative, who helped launch an initiative to offer urban youth a $100 cash reward for earning passing grades on their AP exams. Fleisher argues “this teaches [students] that if they work at something very hard and have a lot of support, they can do something they didn’t think they could do.”

As with any worthwhile debate, there is no right or wrong answer, and the experts (and the general public) may never agree.

What do you think? Does paying kids for grades pay off?

Published March 27th, 2014

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Published March 14th, 2014

New SAT: Fairer, More Predictive & Less Coachable? We Doubt It.

Contribution by Steve Gretz

You’ve probably heard by now: there are changes coming to the SAT in 2016.  Like the 2005 introduction of the current version of the test, this announcement yesterday by College Board is likely to induce a certain amount of anxiety from parents, panic or anger from students, and a healthy dose of posturing from educational institutions everywhere.

Should you be worried?  Not unless you work for College Board.  Let me explain a little bit:

Most of the changes to the test are likely to make it easier to prep for.

In what is certainly an effort by College Board to gain back much of the market share the SAT has lost to the ACT over the last decade (the ACT was actually taken by more students than the SAT for the first time ever last year), the test is being changed to reflect many of aspects of the ACT that students find “friendly.”  There will no longer be any wrong answer penalties.  The vocabulary tested will include fewer obscure words with a focus on what the College Board calls “Relevant Words”, and the format will provide more context with which to define the words tested.  Other, non-ACT-like changes should also be welcomed by students.  The newly-optional essay will be based on a prompt that is published beforehand, allowing for more focused practice ahead of time, and will give students twice as much time (50 min.) to answer.  The math will focus on even less content, and while the College Board isn’t saying so in these words, it seems that there will be considerably less focus on Geometry–rarely a subject fresh in the minds of juniors most of the way through a demanding year of Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry.  Lastly–history buffs rejoice!–the newly designed “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing” section will always include a selection from America’s founding documents, so those who’ve taken the time to really understand them will be at a distinct advantage.

The SAT is not a good predictor of college success–and that’s good for students.
Yes, you read that right.  The test’s current predictive power is so poor that more and more american colleges and universities (over 25% of 4-year institutions, according to are simply not requiring it, and many of those who do require submission of SAT or ACT are opting to see it as a factor that can only help students’ chances for admission.  That’s a good situation for applicants: those with great grades may feel less pressure to bring an amazing test score to the table, but the SAT and ACT will still be excellent opportunities for students to differentiate themselves or give an admissions office cause to take a second look at an application with a less than stellar GPA.  The College Board claims that these upcoming changes will improve the test’s predictive power, but that improvement would need to be massive in order to make the SAT’s value as a predictive tool relevant.

If you’re skimming, focus on this: these shifts in the SAT’s focus will mostly be welcomed by students, but will do little to change the landscape of college entrance exams in 2016.

And perhaps even more positively, the new SAT will probably not slow the changes that are already taking place; fewer and fewer students will have their academic futures inordinately shaped by a single test.

That’s a change we can all look forward to.

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Conquering Obstacles through Life Coaching

Coaching is one of the greatest resources available to help you unlock your highest potential and live your life to the fullest.

If you are in the midst of a difficult season or are challenged by moving forward from your past or current circumstances, perhaps working with a life coach is the answer.

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What is a life coach?

A Coaching Relationship is designed to empower you with the focus, training and accountability you need to achieve the consistent results you desire in the most important areas of your life. Coaching will equip you with the tools necessary to help you accomplish all that you were meant to do. Just as a personal fitness trainer will help you raise your standards for accelerated results when it comes to your body, so a coach will guide and support you in attaining your desired results in your life.

Through accountability, encouragement, powerful questions, and coaching, a trained coach can help you fulfill your highest calling.

Who should work with a coach?

Any person (men women, teenager) who is looking to enhance his/her life in any area, including (but not limited to):

  • Business
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If you are interested in life or business coaching sessions, contact Janine Monize at 973.723.02921 or email

Published December 1st, 2013

NEW! 2013-2014 Class Schedule @ L&A

Class Schedule @ Learning & Arts

Semester One (Sept-Jan)

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  • MATH:

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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November 2nd sitting: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

December 7th sitting: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2

$275 for 4 classes

January 25th sitting: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

$195 for 3 classes



Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm

October 5th sitting: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2

November 2nd sitting: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

December 7th sitting: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4

$275 for 4 classes

January 25th sitting: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22

$195 for 3 classes



Sundays 3pm – 5:30pm

October 5th sitting: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29

$325 for 4 classes

December 7th sitting: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1

$625 for 8 classes

January 25th sitting: 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19

$485 for 6 classes


  • SAT 800 WORKSHOP – All sections (by application only):

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October 5th sitting: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

$375 for 4 classes

December 7th sitting: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2

$725 for 8 classes

January 25th sitting: 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

$475 for 5 classes




Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

October 26th sitting: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21

December 14th sitting: 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9

February 8th sitting: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3

$275 for 4 classes



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October 26th sitting: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

December 14th sitting: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

February 8th sitting: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2

$425 for 5 classes


  • ACT 36 WORKSHOP- All Sections (by application only):

Sundays 3pm – 5:30pm

October 26th sitting: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

December 14th sitting:11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

February 8th sitting: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2

$545 for 5 classes



Monday, 12/23 to Friday, 12/27, 9:30am – 1:30pm.



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Bergen Academies is one of the most selective high schools in New Jersey. BrainStorm gives Academy hopefuls that crucial competitive edge, preparing them for the entrance exam’s math and essay portions, the interview, and the application process by focusing on test-taking skills, academic content, self-confidence, and poise.

16 classes for $995


  • GMAT

Friday, October 4th - Friday, November 15th 930am – 1230pm

Top-level strategies for test day excellence. Get into the business school of your dreams! Includes two full-length simulations.

7 classes for $649


  • LSAT

Saturday, October 12th – Saturday, November 30th 9am-130pm (no class on 11/23)

Top-level strategies for test day excellence. Get into the law school of your dreams! Includes three full-length simulations.

7 classes for $999



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  • STORM the College Essay!

For Early Decision: Sundays, September 8th – 29th 6pm – 8pm

Regular Decision: Sunday, November 10th – Sunday, December 1st 6pm-8pm

Writing an insightful, memorable, and authentic personal statement is challenging. It is an art form that plays by certain rules, and it can make or break your access to a dream school. Learn from a super-pro what colleges do (and do NOT) want to see in this pivotal application component. Brainstorm a topic, create an eye-catching architecture, and polish off a winning piece that will impress admissions officers at any school.

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{RECOMMENDED: Follow up this essay course with the College App Workshop described below.}


  • The College App Workshop

*2-day workshops*

For Early Decision: Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th 3pm – 6pm

For Regular Decision: Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th 3pm – 6pm

Has the college application process left you bewildered? Take control! Work with a BrainStorm-certified college counselor in order to complete your common application, finalize your college essay, receive valuable college interview tips, score scholarship monies, and more. An indispensable investment.

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  • Writer’s Technique Workshop

Grades 5-8:

Saturday, September 14th – Saturday, October 19th 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday, October 26th – Saturday November 30th 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Saturday, January 11th – Saturday, February 15th 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Grades 9-12:

Sunday, September 15th – Sunday, October 20th 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday, October 27th – Sunday December 1st 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday, January 12th - Sunday, February 16th 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Don’t just survive your next term paper-develop writing skills for life! Join this 6-week workshop and learn to write with technical precision, prep essays for school, develop research skills, learn vocabulary and writing secrets, and so much more. (Editing help for school essays included, as needed.)

6 classes for $325


  • Kids’ Reading Corner

*For 1st and 2nd graders*

Sunday, October 20th – Sunday, December 15th 3:30pm – 5pm (no class on 11/10)

Local author & BrainStorm tutor Marissa DiPetrillo is a master reading instructor with 15 years’ experience in the world of elementary education. Send your young reader to a fantastic workshop focused on reading technique, focus, and fun! (BONUS: students will receive an autographed copy of Marissa’s upcoming book “Mr. Peppercorn’s Postcards from Around the World”!)

8 classes for $295


  • Entrepreneur/Inventor Workshop

*For ages 12-18*

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, October 26th 11am – 1pm

Saturday, November 2nd – Saturday, December 7th 11am – 1pm

Saturday, December 14th - Saturday, January 25th 11am – 1pm (no class on 12/28)

Do you dream of running your own business someday? What does it really mean to be an entrepreneur? Learn how to strike out on your own, to pursue a vision, to invent something & make it your own, and to cash in on your passion!

6 classes for $325


  • Classical Logic: Your Secret Weapon for Higher Verbal Test Scores

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, October 26th 10am – 12pm

Saturday, November 2nd – Saturday, December 7th 10am – 12pm

Saturday, December 14th – Saturday, January 25th 10am – 12pm (no class on 12/28)

Knowing how to spot the flaw in a bad argument is an invaluable skill. This class will reveal the ancient principles of logical reasoning that will help you become a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. A strong understanding of logic provides a solid foundation for conquering the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

6 classes for $325


  • Study Skills

Middle School:

Monday, September 16th – Monday, October 21st 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Monday, October 28th – Monday, December 2nd 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Monday, December 9th – Monday, January 27th 4:30pm – 6:30pm (no class on 12/23 or 12/30)

High School:

Sunday, September 15th – Sunday, October 20th 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Sunday, October 27th – Sunday, December 1st 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Sunday, December 8th - Sunday, January 26th 4:30pm – 6:30pm (no class on 12/22 or 12/29)

Do you struggle when it’s time to prepare for a test or complete your homework, or feel overwhelmed by a task? Do you sense your study time is not as organized and productive as it could be? Let Study Skills provide you with all the tools needed for tremendous focus and effective studying.

6 classes for $325


~An escape from stress & a potent form of self-concept development~

  • Exploration! The Art of Improv

*For ages 10 and up*

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, November 9th 4pm – 515pm

Discover the excitement of spontaneity through improvisation! You’ll learn exercises and games that build confidence and improve listening, all while laughing yourself silly!

8 classes for $199


  • Exploration! Painting

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, November 9th 10am – 11:30am

Allow your unique artistic voice to shine through as you learn various painting techniques and styles. Therapeutic, inspiring, and fun!

8 classes for $216


  • Exploration! Creative Writing

Ages 7-12:

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, November 9th  11:30am – 1pm

Ages 13-18:

Saturday, September 21st – Saturday, November 9th  1pm – 2:30pm

Have a student with a big imagination? BrainStorm helps students channel creative energy through the exploration of the art of creative writing! Hone your craft while experimenting with short stories, poetry, original scripts, blogging, & more-let your imagination run wild!

8 classes for $216

Published August 9th, 2013

New Offerings @ BrainStorm L&A: 2013-2014 School Year

We’re making some BRILLIANT improvements in the new school year!

  • We’re adding a FOURTH day of C2A tutoring in order to accommodate our students’ varied academic & extracurricular schedules
  • We’ve created a more streamlined learning experience for maximum student focus & productivity 
  • Our beautifully appointed space is being re-imagined for optimal efficiency 
  • We’re implementing optimally effective sound reduction techniques to put a damper on sound pollution
  • And more details still to come!


2013-2014 School Year Tutoring Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3pm-8pm
Sunday 11am-3pm
Semester 1: September 10, 2013-January 31, 2014
Semester 2: February 1, 2014-June 26, 2014

Pricing options:

Day Pass (Full access to the center on any one day): $85
10 Hours (Must be used within 60 days of purchase): $430
20 Hours (Must be used within 90 days of purchase): $780

 Unlimited Membership* (Our Best Deal & Most Popular Option!) 
Unlimited Monthly Membership: Thunder (Grades K-9): $345 Lightning (Grades 10+): $379
Unlimited Semester Membership: Thunder (Grades K-9): $1595 Lightning (Grades 10+): $1765
Unlimited School-Year Membership: Thunder (Grades K-9): $3125 Lightning (Grades 10+): $3425

Limited memberships also available. Ask us about the 6-Pack & the Athlete’s 8-Pack!

Call 201.84.STORM for more info!

Published July 11th, 2013
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