Monday, July 22, 2019

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

What is here presented I have lived in my own way, and with the founding of APOGEE Learning™ in 1983, in service to children, youth, teens and families, have found countless others have lived in their own way... Heed well what is here presented. YES, A movement of awareness to be given momentum, held in determination, focus, support, it certainly deserves, for WE DESERVE... and OUR CHILDREN deserve no less.

We are to free ourselves, and support our children to free themselves. BE who you are truly meant to BE... a Birth Eternal... and the world would be blessed 3 to <3 span="">. Our Greatness and Spirit are ever calling for expression. Reflect, confront, resolve, release... the trauma that shadows the light, the way of SELF... in Spirit and Splendor, in Evolution and Exchange, in Liberation and Love, in Faith and Freedom... 

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
APOGEE Learning™

Monday, May 6, 2019

P A R E N T...

WORDS, each letter speaks its meaning… sounding the spirit of BEING...PARENT…one to be guided by the call for …


This Dear Parent, onto SELF, this an ever present quest, an ever present intention, an ever present knowing, an ever present doing. All that is LIFE  anew, given to the guardianship of love,  awaits support, validation, and a spirited belief in the right to envision, the right to imagine, the right to dream, the right to BE, Birth Eternal. See and know your CHILD as the expressive spirit of Creation, Harmony, Inspiration, Love, Deliverance.

As a parent, and now as a grandparent, words that speak the heart here proclaimed…the words of Kahil Gibran, 1883-1931, Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Writer, Philosopher, Theologian, Visual Artist, author of "The Prophet."

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”


Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™
Tappan, New York

APOGEE Learning ~ A Paradigm for Maxtery

Learning styles honored and supported
Readiness experiences provided
Task analysis applied
Student interests as motivators
The Whole Brain approach to study and mastery

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

C H I L D... each calls to... Creation, Harmony, Inspiration, Love, Deliverance...

APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™ is a distillation of formal academic course and degree completion, personal experiences and prospectives, yoga science, ancient Egyptian, Indian,  Roman, Greek, and Chinese principles of wellness and wellbeing. YES,  all this seasoned with the delights of being an educator, serving students across the age span, since 1960.

I have here posted a recent communication from Bank Street College of Education, New York City. I am a graduate of their advanced Supervision and Administration graduate degree program. Since 1983,  I have integrated the teachings of this program into the APOGEE Paradigm™

It is with pleasure that I post this communication. Its presentation is most certainly in accord with the very principles and practices that I have implemented in my capacities as a consultant, educational therapist, sound/stress management therapist, and yes, poet laureate and artist.

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™
Tappan, New York


January 2018

Dear Colleagues, Families, Students, Alumni, and Trustees,

Happy New Year! 

1. Variability in human development is the norm, not the exception. The pace and profile of each child’s development is unique. When schools design learning experiences around a mythical average, or try to force all children to fit one sequence, they miss the opportunity to nurture the individual potential of every child. 

2. Human relationships are the essential ingredient that catalyze healthy development and learning. Supportive, responsive relationships are characterized by consistency, compassionate communications, modeling social behaviors, and the ability to accurately perceive and respond to a child’s needs. These types of relationships provide protection, emotional security, knowledge, and the support to build age-appropriate skills.

The capacity of parents and teachers to attune to the needs of children and youth may require support. Adults may lack skills and knowledge, including social and emotional skills, experience stress that interferes with their ability to attune, or lack the time necessary to establish or sustain developmental relationships.

Schools and early care settings can be designed to support positive relationships between teachers and students and between students themselves, both of which strengthen development and learning. They also can promote trust and cultural understanding between schools and the home, which provides deeper knowledge about children and contributes to their feelings of physical and psychological safety. 

3. Children actively construct knowledge based on the convergence of their individual biology, experiences, relationships, and social context. Students dynamically shape their own learning. Learners compare new information to what they already know to create mental models. These mental models enable students to connect facts to their past experiences and to make inferences and predictions about new situations. This process works best when students actively engage with concepts and knowledge, and when they have multiple opportunities to connect the knowledge to personally relevant topics and lived experiences.

When learning experiences invite students to be active participants, they gain skills in producing and working with knowledge to create something useful…Effective teachers act as mentors: setting tasks, watching and guiding children’s efforts, and offering feedback. The model of teachers spoon-feeding information to students is outdated. 

4. Learning is social, emotional, and academic. Studies of the brain in action reveal that different parts of the brain that control social, emotional, and cognitive processes work together when a child is learning, intertwined like the strands of a rope. For example, the areas of the brain involved in memory are strongly tied to those involved in emotion. 

There is a hierarchy to skills. Some skills act as building blocks for more complex skills later in life. For example, children’s early skills in regulating their behaviors, emotions, and attention provide the foundation for later abilities to persist with hard tasks and to pursue interests over a longer period of time.

5. Adversity affects learning—and the way schools respond matters. Stress is a normal part of healthy development and learning, but excessive stress can throw learning and development off track and exert profound effects on children’s well-being. 

When adversity is severe, prolonged, or when the counteracting effects of stable relationships are missing, the body adapts to the continual activation of the stress response system by going on “permanent high alert” and staying there. This produces excessive levels of cortisol that flood the brain and other vital organs, disrupting their normal functioning... The stress response also helps to explain how unbuffered stress in early life can affect educational outcomes. In early childhood, when the brain’s architecture is still being formed, unbuffered stress can make for a shaky foundation and can have long-term detrimental effects on children’s learning and behavior as well as on their physical and mental health.

Because supportive adult relationships can prevent or reduce unhealthy stress responses in children and the resulting negative consequences, building and supporting the capacity of adults who care for and teach children is critically important. Schools and early childhood settings that provide developmentally rich relationships and experiences can buffer the effects of severe stress and trauma, promote resilience, and foster healthy development.

 Copyright © 2018 Bank Street College of Education, All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

YODA Words of Wisdom and the APOGEE Paradigm™

Many of my students have stated in a myriad of ways, “You say what YODA says.” And so it is… there are principles that call to self mastery, there are attitudes that build mastery, there are perceptions that define mastery… the SELF is the ultimate teacher, listening, discerning, experimenting, experiencing, deciding,  delivering. And so a triune, an offering to the entry of  THE WAY. The WAY of the APOGEE WINNING WARRIOR.™

1. Don’t try. Do.

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

2. Overcome your fears.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”
Face your fear.

Be curious.

All is one.

3. Your world is a reflection of you.
“You will find only what you bring in.”

Rose Marie Raccioppi

APOGEE Learning ~ A Paradigm for Maxtery

Learning styles honored and supported
Readiness experiences provided
Task analysis applied
Student interests as motivators
The Whole Brain approach to study and mastery

Call for your FREE Introductory Consultation.
toll free: 1-866-228-8663

For information on Qualifications and Experience:

Rose Marie Raccioppi | LinkedIn

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Indeed... There is always a way...

Indeed... "There is always a way..."

Ever the vision that the different learner, those deemed learning disabled, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexic, Gifted, or simply lazy, rebellious, disinterested, unmotivated, be understood for individuality, particular learning styles, potential, personal vision, interests, and special gifts of BEING... to live outside of judgments based on conclusions rather than exploration. Learners who readily identify with THE WALL ... These have been my students since the founding of APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™ in 1983.

My earlier students are now fathers, mothers, with children of their own. Among those who received the innovative services of APOGEE Learning ( are entrepreneurs, business owners, medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, policemen, firemen, teachers, school administrators, artists, musicians, pilots, aeronautics engineer, light engineer, sound engineer, nutritionists, massage therapists, beauticians, acupuncturist, environmentalists, who hold to the value of diversity, and an attitude of "There is always a way..."

YES, a young dancer, one who was ever fascinated by the wondrous nature of life, one who found delight in coloring, writing, listening to ambient sounds and identifying where the sounds were coming from, one who loved to be read to, one who found such telling meaning of fairy tales, stories and rhyme, one who when hearing a full orchestra for the first time was told her destiny was to 'tune up the world.' YES, this the Founder'/Director of APOGEE Learning™... this the Founder of the Rockland County Association for the Learning Disabled, the Past President of the New York Association for the Learning Disabled, this the artist, this the Poet Laureate, this the Founder/Director of APOGEE Acu-Tone, a pioneer in creating a system of vibrational therapy, this the mother, the grandmother who, as too, her students, hold to the attitude, "There is always a way." 

Presently, my youngest student is 7 years of age, I started working with him when he was 5 years of age, and YES, his is a knowing beyond what he sees and what he is taught. His view of what the world needs is so very much on point... his is a wisdom that is willing to be expressed, willing to be known, and shall prevail as others are inspired by his leadership... TRUTH is his master, PEACE, is his guide. And he knows, "There is always a way..."

All Inquiries Welcomed:
Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™
Tappan, New York

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

12 Steps to Spelling Mastery

There are students who, because of grapho-motor difficulties,  do not readily profit from repetitive writing of a word to master its spelling. For some to repeat the letters over and over, is equally ineffective. Searching  for each Scrabble™ letter square engages a deliberate attention, holding the letter in mind as the "hunt" proceeds. Noting the arrangement of vowels and consonants in the order presented, further engages attention. Matching the sounding and silent letters to each blank side of the Scrabble™word square,  engages both the right brain and the left brain, proving to be highly effective. The movement and action that the child is engaged in,  is of particular benefit to kinesthetic learners and those who like to be on the move.

Here provided is the 12 Steps to Spelling Mastery.  Click for larger view.

For further information, questions, or to learn of other 'hands on learning' strategies 

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™
Tappan, New York

Saturday, February 20, 2016

TESLA... Map to accord with APOGEE Learning™

YES, These are the very principles of numbers, patterns and space and time, that I use to teach the student who is experiencing difficulties with the math he is taught in school... Memorization of tables is not the ultimate answer to math mastery. Understanding the patterns, the consistencies, the number sequencing of even and odd numbers, brings one to gain possession of number power and the skills that allow any associated confusion to be replaced by a working skill set. Rose Marie Raccioppi
YES: Mathematics ~ From Finger Counting to Fibonacci Sequence ~…/mathematics-from-finge…

Long-Lost Nikola Tesla Drawings Reveal Map To Multiplication

Tesla map
A recently discovered set of original Nikola Tesla drawings reveal a map to multiplication that contains all numbers in a simple to use system. The drawings were discovered at an antique shop in central Phoenix Arizona by local artist, Abe Zucca. They are believed to have been created during the last years of Tesla’s Free Energy lab, Wardenclyffe. The manuscript is thought to contain many solutions to unanswered questions about mathematics.
The Sketches were hidden in a small trunk with numerous other drawings and manuscripts ranging from hand-held technological devices to free-energy systems, many with notes scrawled all over them. Some of the pieces are already familiar to the public, but a few others are not. Most notably is the Map to Multiplication or the Math Spiral. Zucca made a few copies and showed the drawings around to different thinkers, dreamers, and mathematicians.
A few days later a Local High School Mathematics Instructor, Joey Grether, had been working on deciphering the system and had a few breakthroughs. Grether suggests that the Spiral not only explores Multiplication as an interwoven web, but that it, “offers a comprehensive visual understanding of how all numbers are self-organized into 12 positions of compositability.”
“This device allows us to see numbers as patterns, the formation of prime numbers, twin primes, Highly composite numbers, multiplication and division, as well as few other systems, I imagine, that are yet to be discovered.”
The diagram itself is very intuitive, allowing students to see how numbers all work together based on a spiral with 12 positions. 12, or 12x (multiples of 12) is the most highly composite system, which is why we have 12 months in a year, 12 inches in a foot, 24 hours in a day, etc. 12 can be divided by 2, 3, 4, and 6. So can all multiples of 12. For every 12 numbers there is a chance of 4 numbers being prime. They happen to fall in positions (think clock positions) 5, 7, 11, and 1.
Tesla is known for the quote “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.” It turns out that when the device is examined, the digital roots of the numbers in positions 3, 6, 9, and 12 constantly repeat the same sequence 3, 6, 9! Is this what Tesla was referring too? The self-organization of numbers and their digital roots?
Its hard to say, but Grether seems to think so. “This breakthrough is phenomenal. If we could get students all over the globe to use this technique, to play with it, and help figure out how to use it, we could overcome our cultural aversion to Mathematics. Instead of memorizing the multiplication table, we could learn the positions of numbers and have a better understanding of how they work.”
Juan Zapata, One of Mr. G’s students believes so as well… “I used to say I’m bad at Math… cause thats what everyone says, but now, I’m like, dude, this is too easy.”
Theres one other fact about the Tesla Spiral that make it interesting. The diagram is dated 12/12/12! 1912. Grether and his students want to turn December 12 into a national holiday. So grab a 12 pack, get a dozen donuts, and celebrate the power of 12x.