introduction…

The pace of innovation and advent of the information age have made deep impacts on everything we do, yet the education structures that predominate the world have largely remained unchanged.  Unlike the self-organizational, emergent nature of modern times, where creativity, innovation and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy, the dominant model of education remains rooted in an industrial age model.  Children are treated as machines to be processed, programmed, quality-tested and repaired.  The focus tends to be on “what is not going well” “what the student does not know,” instead of what is alive.  A new paradigm in education is emerging; one that favors DIY learners, who seek out and develop their interests utilizing an unprecedented access to information.  How can an education company that offers academic support, reflect the structure of this new paradigm?  Within an education system that is far behind the global trend, we offer services that create a bridge between the rote structure, traditional goals of the current system, into the DIY, independent thinking, passion-driven, constantly reinventing world of today.  We call this bridge the bodyLITERATE.

the learning molecule…

All lenses At the heart of the bodyLITERATE is the question: how can we make life for youth more wonderful? In our eyes, the gateway to this is an engaged and self-directed education. We support learning through three lenses, executive functions coaching, embodied learning and creative practices. Together, these three areas form the core of our teaching approach. We help students identify and develop their strengths to overcome challenges; we help them become more aware of how they use their “human machinery” during learning, so that they may develop agency and confidence; we also guide youth in identifying and developing their creative interests so that they may become fully expressive and engaged in their education. The “learning molecule” visualizes these three cores and the many elements that compose them.

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inspiration circuit…

history of the bodyLITERATE...

the bodyLITERATE, originally conceived by Cori Olinhouse and Kai Kleinbard, was created in 2008 as an initiative to understand the process of learning. At the core of the initiative is the idea that the body and mind are connected in everything we do. During these last five years, the initiative has taught workshops all around the United States, including Ohio State University, Castelton College, Packer Collegiate Institute, Alliance Corporation and many other institutions, as a way to research the process of learning and to teach healthful body/mind practices. Currently, the initiative continues, as a research collaboration between Kai and Cori, working with both adults and youth in NYC in group and one-on-one settings. This website is dedicated to the youth arm of the initiative, led by co-founder, Kai Kleinbard. Cori Olinghouse’s website can be found at http://coriolinghouse.com/

our bios…

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kai Kleinbard is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and has over a decade of experience as an academic learning specialist working with many of NYC’s top schools, including Packer, Saint Ann’s, Poly Prep, PS 321 and others.   He is also a certified mediator and focuses on helping young learners at conflict with their education.  Kai is a practicing artist/choreographer and martial artist. Since 2008, he has been conducting research on learning using  embodiment through the bodyLITERATE Initiative in partnership with artist and teacher, Cori Olinghouse.

Kai’s teaching practice is geared towards children. Kai works extensively with people with learning differences (including those with ADHD and executive functioning issues) in the academics and in movement. His work is focused on helping people become more embodied in their learning. Kai also works with athletes, including martial artists, basketball/baseball players, dancers and runners.

 


cori olinghouse videoCori Olinghouse
is a certified Alexander Technique teacher with a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Cori brings over a decade of experience from her own investigations in dance, Feldenkrais, Laban Movement Analysis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals to her Alexander work.

Cori performed with the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2002 to 2006. Since then, Cori has been working with Bill Irwin and creating her own choreography. Teaching credits include: classes with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Movement Research, New York University, Rutgers University, Hunter College, Fordham University, Bennington College, Ohio State University, and Trisha Brown Studios, among others.
Cori’s website: here

for more information:
(917)693 – 9960
info@thebodyliterate.com