My Learning Pathways (MLP) will help your student learn new math skills, strengthen reading and writing skills, and build new vocabulary words and spelling. Since students' learning styles differ, MLP uses best practices to deliver the highest-quality education students need and deserve. MLP works with students in grades 1st-9th, including gifted learners, those with learning differences, and everyone in between.  Located in Belmont, CA

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Making Math Real Multi-sensory techniques for long-term retention of math 
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MLP is highly proficient in teaching math, from addition through algebra. Our favorite teaching methodology is Making Math Real (MMR), a multi-sensory approach that enables learners to deepen conceptual understanding and build working memory. For older learners, MLP focuses on techniques that improve procedural skills and detail analysis. 

As a resource specialist who taught math and reading  at San Carlos Charter School, Bert Schroeder, Educational Therapist, integrates traditional practices with specialized skills from many years of teaching and professional development in MMR. Bert  has completed intensive training in:

  • 9 lines addition

  • 4 Operations & 400 Math Facts

  • Fractions, Decimals, Place Value

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Algebra

  • Learning games


By the time a child is 12 years old,  she or he will understand about 50,000 words. 


Vocabulary is the basis for language learning. Reading, reading comprehension, and writing are not possible without vocabulary development. 


To help students build a broad vocabulary, Bert uses Structured Word Inquiry (SWI), from the Nueva School Institute. SWI is an investigation of words, word parts, structure, meaning, connection, and spelling. 

For reading and writing, Bert employs Lindamood-Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing, a teaching methodology that uses concept imagery to improve reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral language expression, critical thinking, and writing.

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MLP's teaching methodologies work for all students, including students who have learning, cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities.  Bert utilizes different teaching strategies for students with mild to moderate disabilities.


If students are unable to go to school due to medical reasons, commonly known as Home/Hospital, Bert has the expertise to teach all subjects up through middle school, and Algebra 1.  He coordinates with local school districts to ensure that students access and learn current curriculum.


Bert also helps families navigate, select, develop, and pursue services in:

  • IEP or 504 processes

  • Private evaluations and comprehensive diagnostics 

  • Academic assessment:  WIAT II, Woodcock Johnson IV, Grey Oral Reading Test, TOWL and TEWL Writing Assessments.

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Bert Schroeder has a master's degree in special education.  He taught Math and Reading as a resource specialist for 6 years at San Carlos Charter and multiple years worth of professional development in reading, math, and executive functioning. 

Individuals or small groups
  • $100 per hour per student

  • 30 or 60 minute individual sessions 

  • Virtual or In-person (masks required) 

  • We find that a combination of in-person and virtual work best. 

  • Small groups - let's discuss


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  • Initial diagnostic evaluation designed to reduce fear of failure.  Students take their first ISEE test at home

  • We teach to the test in each session and veer off to teach concepts for long-term understanding 

  • One-on-one instruction

  • Proven success!