I teach poetry, science fiction and creative non-fiction.
Computer Aided Design
I teach 3D modelling, graphic design, interface design, web design and simulation design.
I teach essay and research paper writing.
I teach computer science, data art, artificial intelligence and vr/ar basics.
Executive Function & Meta-Cognition
I teach my students how to organize themselves and their assignments. I also teach them about how to identify and work with their cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Research, Critique & Data Science
I teach research, rigorous critical thinking and data science/data analysis.
I teach 2D and 3D games, role playing, action and strategy games.
Marketing & Branding
I teach how to find and cultivate audiences, as well develop a strong visual identity for different creative practices.
I teach how to analyze different media sources and the algorithms that influence our lives.
using portfolios to advance educational & occupational goals
During our work together, I help my students build out their skills. While we’re doing this, we also study how their mind works. If they’re ADHD, we talk about how to take advantage of the unique ability of the ADHD-mind to mix and match ideas, but we also talk about ADHD-specific ways to be better organized. If my student has ASD, we might talk about how to put that powerful detail-orientation to good work on a coding or science project, but we might also discuss different ways of explaining the project to different people, in order to build better communication skills. Over the course of our sessions, I help my students build a portfolio of work they can use to apply to college, graduate school or a new job. We also create a list of learning strategies that will be essential for future endeavors.
CASE STUDY: E.’S CREATIVE CODE PORTFOLIO
The following is a creative code portfolio that helped a high schooler with ADHD I mentored get into every art and design school he applied to (scroll down to read about each project, navigate here to view them, click on the pictures to interact with the pieces):
Case Study: L’s learning portfolio
The following is a metacognitive and executive function portfolio that helped a high schooler with ADHD and ASD I mentored (1.) dramatically improve his academic performance and then (2.) go on to build a fantastic game design portfolio (feel free to scroll down to first review our academic trouble-shooting system and then his extracurricular project-based trouble shooting system):
Testimonials from Satisfied Parents
"I cannot sing Ari's praises enough! My son Moe was at first quite reluctant to put any extra effort into his school work. Ari was patient and creative in getting Moe to work on some of the more challenging aspects of his assignments. Ari got to know Moe and really took into account his interests and personality. He was able to guide Moe with his writing issues by working together intensely on essays and honing his skills in brainstorming ideas, outlining and polishing his writing. As they worked together, Moe began to see the effort pay off. He has now actually published articles in the NY Times online and CBS Sports online. Without Ari I am not certain that would have ever come to pass. Besides writing, Ari was hugely helpful in managing Moe's study skills and helping him to figure out a way to best organize his assignments and his time management. This led to Moe actually having time enough to pursue other interests. Ari was instrumental in getting Moe to start the Game Theory Club at school. I believe all of this was critical in getting Moe to get into the college of his choice." —S.K., mother of Fieldston Student.
"What I believe is most rare and exceptional about Ari's way of helping kids find their path, is that he does his mentoring in a truly sincere and caring way: this leads him to becomes not only a friend to his peer, but also a good friend to the family. It is the combination of his way of sincerely caring about who he is mentoring and his good mentoring skills that generates positive and effective results. During the last year of college, it was very difficult for us to get into contact with our son M., because he was very overwhelmed with the prospect of graduating. Ari was able to work with M., and help him to see the future as an exciting opportunity, rather than as a threat. Together, they worked on resumes, cover letters, set up and followed up on meetings, secured internships and created the plans that really helped M. to then build the work experiences that are now leading him to apply for a Masters." —M. S., mother of George Washington University student.
ARI KALINOVSKI, a 2e mentor for 2e students
I am passionately committed to helping 2e students prepare for creative careers in the 21st century. I know exactly what it is like to be such a student. I was always interested in art, design and technology, but because of my ADHD, ASD and processing differences, I struggled tremendously in school. Now, I hold a BA from Columbia, an MFA from Brown and an Eyebeam Art & Technology Fellowship. To help my students get the best out of their unconventional minds, I teach a variety of creative technical subjects, as well as meta-cognitive and executive function skills. Through our work, I help my students identify and leverage their unique strengths in order to create a portfolio of work that advances their educational and employment opportunities.
An article not written by me, but very important (Harvard Business Review): Neurodiversity as Competitive Advantage
I consult regularly with Dr. Marcia Eckerd. I will show Dr. Eckerd the neuropsychological reports that I receive at the beginning of the intake process and I will sometimes defer to her for advice during the process of mentoring. Dr Eckerd is a licensed psychologist in practice since 1985. She specializes in neuropsychological evaluation, learning disabilities, and in working with individuals with Asperger's Disorder, High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. She is on the Professional Board of Smart Kids With LD, was appointed by the State Legislature to the CT Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council, is on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Aspergers/Autism Association of New England, and is on the voluntary faculty in Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk CT. She writes extensively for psych central Asperger’s, NLD & More.
IDEAL STUDENT (Please Read Carefully)
My ideal student is between 15 and 25. He or she is intelligent, gifted or talented. He or she may have demonstrated this (or indicated potential) through an educational evaluation, academics, project based work or community service. He or she may have ADHD, mild ASD, or both, various processing differences, minor difficulties with mood regulation or PTSD that is being treated. He or she is already seeing a therapist. If your student has behavioral problems, severe anxiety, moderate-to-severe ASD, major depression and/or a personality disorder, I would refer you to an educational therapist. My work is primarily based around skill-building combined with executive function and meta-cognitive development; I am sensitive to issues of mood and personality, but if those issues occupy the foreground rather than the background of the student’s attention, another kind of help is required and will be much more effective.
1. Consultation with Parents: I will set up an initial free 45m consultation with you. I will ask you all about your child’s strength areas, weak areas, levels of executive function, relationship to school, etc. We will talk through the mentoring logistics and the rate.
2. Review of Neuropsych: You will send me your child’s neuropsychological evaluation to review with Dr. Eckerd.
3. Consultation with Student: I will set up another initial free 45m consultation with your child. This session will be purely to evaluate rapport. We will mostly talk about his or her interests and my experience as a mentor.
4. Trial Period: If you are interested in proceeding, and if I determine that I can be of service to the student, we will begin a 1-3 month trial period. During this time, there will be frequent mentor-parent consultations (about once every 2-4 weeks). You should be able to notice some difference within a month, and we will certainly be able to determine if the mentoring will be effective by the three month mark.
5. Determination of Long Term Goals: If we continue onward from that point, we will draw up a set of goals for the following semester/6 month period and the proceeding semester/6 month period, and we will review the progress of the mentoring at those points.
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Bridges Academy : a unique school for 2e students.
2e News : the magazine from Bridges Academy, chock full of insights about these students.
SENG : supporting the emotional needs of the gifted; amazing resource
The Coding Train : a wonderful resource for creative coding tutorials.
The School for Poetic Computation : a unique school in NYC for creative coding and future oriented crafts.
Qrkc Con : a gaming and digital art convention for neruo-divergent youth
Data and Society : a non profit research institution that examines the role that digital technologies play in various aspects of society.
Important TEACHING PLATFORMS
Fan Fiction : a great way to share stories and receive feedback
Roll20 : online platform for D&D type storytelling and games
Glitch : the ultimate web hosting/web application collaboration tool
P5.js : modern creative coding for the web
Ml5 : machine learning (AI) for students
D3 : the best data visualization toolkit for the web
Mapbox : a great way to make maps for the web
A-Frame : open source virtual reality design
8th Wall : a new platform for augmented reality design
Unity : the ultimate tool for game design
Blender : an excellent tool for 3D modelling
Inkscape : a friendly graphic design tool
Squarespace : a simple way to get started building websites without coding
Figma : a tool that allows multiple users to build user interfaces
Hootsuite : a complete system for social media management and analytics
To Be Gifted And Learning Disabled : great 2e overview
Being Smart About Gifted Education : great general overview
Driven to Distraction : ADHD classic
Professionals (I can recommend):
Marcia Eckerd : Therapy for smart students with ASD, Neuropsychological Evaluation Consultant
Joanna Haase : Therapy for gifted and 2e students
Teresa Nair : Educational & Career Consultant for 2e students
Sandra Clifton : Educational Therapist
Sarah Nelson Wright : Creative Code Educator