Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Common Core Standards ... To Be or Not to Be...

Across the United States there has been expressed concern regarding, "Common Core Standards." As I read the rationale for such proposals and programs put forth, I have only to question the motivation behind such an initiative. A farmer, a builder, an architect, plants differently, builds differently, designs differently, according to local conditions and needs. Differences and diversity are characteristic of earth, as too, each child, each location, each challenge. 

Out of the particularity of time, location, need, can come specific as well as universal concepts, each to be respected, each to be honored, each to be woven into visions that serve local needs and vantages points, as well as universal needs and vantage points, One is NOT to be sacrificed for the other. 

As an Educational Consultant/Therapist, serving hundreds across the age span, it has become more than clear that diversity itself is 'core' to the human condition, growth and development and is NOT to be compromised by imposing a 'one fits all' educational policy. 

Hearings are being planned... let your voices be heard, our children deserve no less than viable opportunities ... Common Core Under Fire from State Lawmakers - Schools - Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch -

We can, district by district, state by state, assert our rights to establish and maintain that which is specific to locality as well as that which is specific to the diversity among our children. All this can be a working reality responsive to needs of our local, state, national, and global communities. 

Rose Marie Raccioppi

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WORDS ~ Cell Signaling ~ The Play Upon Consciousness ~ Experiments of Masaru Emoto

Masaru Emoto was born in Yokohama, Japan in July 1943 and a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University's department of humanities and sciences with a focus on International Relations. In 1986 he established the IHM Corporation in Tokyo. In October of 1992 he received certification from the Open International University as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine. Subsequently he was introduced to the concept of micro cluster water in the US and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology. The quest thus began to discover the mystery of water.
He undertook extensive research of water around the planet not so much as a scientific researcher, but more from the perspective of an original thinker. At length he realized that it was in the frozen crystal form that water showed us its true nature through. He has gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness.
He is the author of the best-selling books Messages from WaterThe Hidden Messages in Water, and The True Power of Water. He is a long-time advocate for peace in relation to water. He is currently the head of the I.H.M. General Research Institute and President Emeritus of the International Water for Life Foundation, a Not for Profit Organization.
Mr. Emoto has been visually documenting these molecular changes in water by means of his photographic techniques. He freezes droplets of water and then examines them under a dark field microscope that has photographic capabilities.
Results from Mr. Emoto's work most certainly gives reason to pause. Offered here are impressive findings: 
Water from clear mountain springs and streams had beautifully formed crystalline structures, while the crystals of polluted or stagnant water were deformed and distorted.
Distilled water exposed to classical music took delicate, symmetrical crystalline shapes.
When the words "thank you" were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the frozen crystals had a similar shape to the crystals formed by water that had been exposed to Bach's "Goldberg Variations"- music composed out of gratitude to the man it was named for.
When water samples were bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions were focused intentionally upon them, such as "Adolf Hitler", the water did not form crystals at all and displayed chaotic, fragmented structures.
When water was treated with aromatic floral oils, the water crystals tended to mimic the shape of the original flower.
We learn through Masaru Emoto's photographs, that thought of failure itself becomes represented in the physical objects that surround us. Now that this has been brought forward, let us begin to realize that even when immediate results are invisible to the unaided human eye, they are still present. When we communicate love to our own bodies, they respond, as too, when we send love to the Earth, there is a response.

What we say, how we say it, the underlying intention behind our communication,  become part of a vibratory schema that signals what becomes supportive or destructive of the life force in form, in structure, in function. Cell signaling is indeed at the heart of our emotions, our health, our very sense of BEING. 
Within the principles and practices of the APOGEE Paradigm™ language is studied from a personal perspective. How we develop it, how we perceive it, how we use it, how we experience it, define its power to be supportive, sustaining or ultimately destructive. One is to be deeply aware of one's inner dialogue. Is it in harmony with the principles of wellbeing, health, gratitude, faith, creativity, does it exist in service to the totality of SELF?
For a personal evaluation on how your 'words' influence your form, structure, perceptions, consciousness, cell signaling and wellbeing,  do call and/or write/contact:

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
The Academics and the Arts
APOGEE Paradigm™
Tappan, New York 10983

Monday, January 20, 2014

Heart and Mind...

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."- Aristotle

"The heart is the center of our BEING... Each letter speaks its pulsing message... Harmony ~ Energy ~ Aspiration ~ Resolve ~ Truth... when we live these pulsing messages we are ONE ... all potential becomes realized, all goals are made real, all learning is integrated... this the work and the JOY of the APOGEE Paradigm. ™"   Rose Marie Raccioppi

Sunday, January 12, 2014

..If Life is a Game...

A book, a video, sent my way... "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules..." as each of 10 rules were presented, I questioned how did they apply to me, to my students, to those I coach, to those who have chosen to unveil perceived obstacles to their own visions of BEING... and upon reflection a poetic response offered...

...and so it is...

this body with each breath divine
lives and learns the lessons of time
a chorus of wisdom be it heard
in the light of Divinity's Word
the gift of NOW you to receive
reflections are yours to conceive
you are the player with a winning goal
within is the coach, 'tis the heart and soul
and when the clock is set anew
the Being ~ the Doing ~ the Having is All up to You.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Poet Laureate
Founder Director
APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™

Yes, there is known JOY, known POWER, known GRATITUDE, in a life lived with purpose and fulfillment... From a box of crayons and a coloring book to a one person art exhibit, from words in rhyme to a published book of poetry, from a vision of opportunity for the dyslexic learner to the development of programs that have brought mastery of reading and math to hundreds of learners since 1983, from a vision of harmony to the development of a system of vibrational/sound therapy that has served hundreds in their quest for well being. Yes, honor has been bestowed, award given, recognition acknowledged... YET THE GAME GOES ON AND ON AND ON... and I live delight in BEING A PLAYER...

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Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
The Academics and the Arts
APOGEE Paradigm™
Tappan, New York 10983

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The APOGEE MOON of 19 December 2013

The APOGEE MOON of 19 December 2013
APOGEE... the furthest distance... and so a paradigm is defined, reaching the light, going the distance, holding to a distant quest.
The moon will be at APOGEE Thursday, when it will be 252,432 miles from Earth.

APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™ was founded in 1983... named metaphorically, for it was known that to live fulfillment, to realize the gifts of time and SELF, one was to be committed to a vision of light, to one's inner quest, be it of the academics, the arts, the science and spirit of well being and responsible action. Each APOGEE enterprise calls for going the distance...

This connect, this accord, this resonance with the APOGEE Moon is ever so strong. The metaphor that inspired the APOGEE as my life's work, resounds with the distant light... the quest made real.

An addendum:  
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2014 January 18 

Apogee's Full Moon 
Image Credit & CopyrightRick Baldridge

Explanation: This big, bright, beautiful Full Moon rose over Lick Observatory Wednesday night. Traditionally a full moon in January might be called the Wolf Moon. But this moon reached its full phase on January 16, 4:54 UT, within about 2 hours of apogee, the most distant point in its elliptical orbit around planet Earth. That also makes it the smallest full moon of 2014. Of course the difference in apparent size between the largest and smallest full moons is hard to see, because the difference in distance between lunar apogee and perigee, or closest point in the Moon's orbit, is only about 50,000 kilometers, while the Moon's average distance is around 385,000 kilometers. Though not by much, this apogee's full moon was also the smallest full moon of the last 1,000 years. It will keep that distinction until a slightly smaller full moon occurs close to apogee in 2154.

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Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
The Academics and the Arts
APOGEE Paradigm™
Tappan, New York 10983

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Words of Appreciation and Praise for : APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ - A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders and Dyslexic Readers: Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success ...

Oct. 27, 2013                                                             

Dear  Rose Marie,

As Coordinator of the 18th annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza held at St. Thomas Aquinas College, I would like to express great appreciation for presenting an excellent professional development workshop, " APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ - A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders and Dyslexic Readers: Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success..” Your focus on implementing instruction that will motivate, engage and increase achievement that supports the Common Core State Standards is very important. Evaluations were very  positive.

Your commitment and professionalism made a great contribution to the success of our conference.


Dr. Michael L. Shaw
Professor of Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Coordinator, Rockland Literacy Extravaganza Professional Conference