Educational Institutions

Learning Matters, Inc.

Learning Matters for Everyone.

aka Learning Matters   |   Nashville, TN   |  www.learningmattersinc.org

Mission

Learning Matters is a non-profit organization established in 2006 with a mission to reduce barriers to learning and ensure educational equity for K-12 students with learning differences.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Christie A Andrews M.Ed.

Main address

P.O. Box 150175

Nashville, TN 37215 USA

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EIN

56-2584397

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One-on-One Teaching

All teaching sessions at Learning Matters are one-on-one. Much attention is given to the match between the student and the teacher. Teaching sessions are typically one hour in length. Each student has an individualized teaching plan that is developed to address the needs of the student. Teaching records are maintained, and parents receive information monthly. Our goal is to help each of our students to succeed in their area of weakness. Progress is measured in a variety of ways. Some of the programs that we use have progress monitoring built into them. For some of our students the progress is measured by increased performance in school, and for others independent progress monitoring tools are utilized. 

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
People with disabilities
Budget
$315,000

Learning Matters conducts psycho-educational and diagnostic assessments. Psycho-educational assessments are comprehensive evaluations of cognitive abilities, academic abilities, and literacy skills. Psycho-educational assessments can be used to diagnose learning disabilities. Diagnostic assessments contain a personalized battery of tests based on the student’s needs. Most often, they include tests of reading, spelling, comprehension, and written expression. Data collected in the assessment, background data provided by the parents, student, and teachers, and previous testing when available is analyzed by the  team, and a report is written. A feedback meeting is held with the parents to discuss the student’s learning profile and to discuss recommendations. The student is present at this meeting when appropriate. Assessments are invaluable in determining the causes of a student’s struggles in school. 

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$185,000

Learning Matters is available to provide educational advocacy for all of the students that we serve. Often, advocacy is helpful to parents when they are faced with communicating their desires to school personnel in IEP and student support meetings. The child’s unique learning profile can be shared with the teachers and administrators, and recommendations to better serve the student can be made. Educational advocacy often follows the assessment process. During this past calenar year, Learning Matters participated in over 53 school meetings to clarify the learning issues and attain possible interventions and accommodations for students we served. 

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
People with disabilities

Our summer reading program provides 15 at-risk students from low-income neighborhood schools with seven weeks of intensive reading intervention provided by qualified teachers and learning specialists. The selected students have a diagnosed reading challenge that we can specifically address in this type of intensive, one-on-one environment. Our program also provides these students with positive role models and peer-to-peer relationship building. At the end of the summer, students demonstrate significant reading growth and increased confidence in their abilities as learners.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$30,000

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Financials

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Learning Matters, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Roberts

Ankura

Term: 2017 - 2019

Cara Aaron

Kraft CPAs

Megan Rodriguez

Wild Tree, A Division of the Southern Family of Companies

Joseph Rando

Heath Island Enterprises and Vanderbilt University

Christine Andrews

Learning Matters, Inc.

Tandekile Francis

Metro Nashville Public Schools at Metro Nashville Public Schools

Alieza Ali

HCA - Technology Law Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

literacy, dyslexia, children, teaching, learning disabilities