About Us


OUR CUSTOMERS
THE Learning Connection TLC is a leading educational publisher of quality research-based innovative curriculum instructional materials for Grades Pre-K-12. It is proud of its role for 23 years as the leading innovator of educational programs in the USA! Clients are Administrators, Teachers, and Librarians in Preschool / Child Care & Day Care Early Child, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools, and After-School / Summer School, Home-School, Bilingual, English Language Learners, and Special Needs Programs throughout the USA.  TLC’s quality materials are successfully used by teachers and students in classrooms, and by parents and children using the take-home materials. We are proud of our 100% on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction record. 

OUR THEMES
THE Learning Connection TLC is ranked #1 by educators as the Publisher of Themes for grades PK-12.  It is the inventor of Thematic Units using award-winning children’s books combined with, media, and hands-on manipulatives with Teacher Guides and Parent Involvement to teach curriculum objectives & skills and content in a balanced literacy approach.  In a national research study, Administrators & Teachers ranked TLC’s Themes #1 in all categories including: quality, value, content, and the products teachers preferred to use. 
Themes correlate to Local, State & National Standards and are interdisciplinary.  Content areas include: Language Arts, Reading & Writing; Science & Health; Math; Multicultural/ Social Studies; and The Arts. Children develop literacy as they learn about their world.  TLC’s themes provide Teachers with a turn-key program—all the resources they need including a Teacher’s Guide.  The Themes save time, and enable the teacher to develop content- rich, meaningful lessons to provide differentiated instruction to meet the diverse skills needs of learners. Materials in the Themes and ideas in the Guides provide alternative teaching strategies to reach students of varied abilities, ages, interests, and skills providing for inclusion & individualized instruction and improved test results.
Bilingual & Dual Language offerings include Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Vietnamese, and Urdu. 


OUR FAMILY LITERACY/ PARENT INVOLVEMENT
As the inventor of the first Take-Home Books & Backpacks, we appreciate the opportunity you gave us to partner with you to provide solutions for your students, teachers and parents. THE Learning Connection is the leader in parent Take-Home programs for Family Literacy & Skills.  Take-Home programs are available for all grades in content areas including reading, math, science, social studies, and the arts; and in languages other than English including: Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Vietnamese, and Urdu.  Our Parent Take-Home continues to be ranked #1.

OUR CLASSROOM LIBRARIES
THE Learning Connection research-based classroom libraries correlate to State and National Standards & Skills and to the criteria established by leading teaching associations including: IRA (International Reading); NCTM (National Math); NCTE (National English); NAEYC (National Early Child); NCSS (National Social Studies); NSTA (National Science); NABE (National Bilingual); and NHSA (National Head Start). They meet the criteria for NCLB (No Child Left Behind). Our Math correlates to Everyday Math, FCAT, NCTM, TEKS, ASK & GEPA. 

Award-Winning books in the innovative libraries include leveled readers, fiction, non-fiction, biography, reference, poetry, historical fiction, atlas, and dictionaries; and audio read-along books on CD, interactive books, and electronic books.  They assist students in mastering the skills on local & state tests. The philosophy is based on research that shows that literature develops literacy.  By providing outstanding books that children want to read, children develop a love of reading as they develop literacy.  They develop comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, and writing skills.  The collections include teacher guides that provide for different teaching approaches including balanced literacy, differentiated instruction, and alternative teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students whether they are fluent readers, or reluctant readers.  We are able to customize classroom & school libraries according to your needs. 
Call 800/218-8489 for assistance.

OUR LEVELS
THE Learning Connection includes leveling information in its teacher guides to assist teachers in matching children’s levels with the appropriate literature.  Leveling criteria is based on formulas and leveling systems including: Dale-Chall, DRA, Fry Grade Level Readability, Guided Reading, Lexile, Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Recovery, and Spache Readability. 

The goal is to provide for differentiated instruction and inclusion to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners including Bilingual, English Language Learners, Gifted, Special Needs, Above Level, On Level, and Below Level.

OUR AWARDS
THE Learning Connection is the proud recipient of the Polk Committee of 100 Small Business of the Year Award.  Our materials are approved by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Science & Mathematics; recommended by the International Multicultural Association; approved by RIF (Reading is Fundamental); and on District and State approved lists throughout the USA including New York City Textbook; New Jersey State Contract; Illinois Textbook; Florida State Contract; Chicago Board of Ed.; New York State; Philadelphia Textbook; California Compliance; Connecticut; Georgia; Louisiana; and Texas. 

The titles in our Themes & Class Libraries have won awards including: Caldecott Award; Newberry Award; ALA American Library Notable Book; Book of the Year; Children’s Choice Award; Teachers’ Choice; Parents’ Choice Award; Coretta Scott King Award; National Science Award; National Social Studies Award; New York Times Award; Best for Young Adults Award; Best Educational Product Award; Benjamin Franklin Multicultural Award; Smithsonian Institution Seal; International Latino Book Award; and America’s Children’s Literature Award. 

OUR CONFERENCES & PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS
Look at the “Come See Us” section of this site to see our National Conferences including ASCD (Curriculum Supervisors), NAESP (Elementary School Principals), NAEYC (Early Childhood Educators), IRA (International Reading), NABE (Bilingual Educators), NHSA (Head Start), TESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and at State Conferences for Math, Reading, Early Child, Bilingual/ ESL, Special Needs, After School, and Federal Programs/ Title I. 

OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional Development workshops are available in New York, New Jersey, and Florida and can be arranged for special projects in other areas. For information call: 800-218-8489.

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OUR RETAIL STORE
Located in our world headquarters in Orlando, Florida at 4100 Silver Star Rd, Suite D, Orlando, FL 32808, THE Learning Connection Store is a unique resource for educators & parents to view and purchase firsthand leading educational materials ranked #1 in the USA. 

THE Learning Connection Store also offers a full selection of the most popular children’s educational products, like Clifford The Big Red Dog, Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, SmartLab and much more. Materials are available for children ages Birth through 17. Whether you’re shopping for the classroom, home, or for birthday, holiday gifts, or baby showers, the lasting gift of education is at the TLC Store.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.  We offer a 10% discount for purchases made at the TLC Store that do not require shipping. 

OUR E-STOREOur educational accounts have trusted TLC for 17 years to meet the needs of their teachers, students, and parents.  Now customers can “Shop TLC” through the retail and e-tail outlet, making it even more convenient to find all of our high quality products.  Visit us at www.mkt.com/thelearningconnection  to see all the various ways kids, parents, and teachers can shop with THE Learning Connection

The Parents & Teachers section of THE Learning Connection e-Store is the place to go to find a wide variety of children’s books, toys, and other fun learning products— all designed to help children learn, grow, and have fun. Offering a broad mix of merchandise carefully selected for its developmental appropriateness and kid appeal, THE Learning Connection e-Store features products with learning benefits endorsed by leading educators. 

The Schools & Administrators section of THE Learning Connection e-Store offers one stop shopping for every classroom and professional development need, where educators can shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find quality products that support student learning. THE Learning Connection e-Store features a relevant selection of classroom and professional development materials. 

OUR CLUB TLC
Every time a school or teacher orders on-line, they earn Bonus Points that can be used to fill their classroom with FREE books, and resources. Each order is automatically registered and you will receive club information with your order.

OUR PUBLISHERS & COMPANIES WE REPRESENT
THE Learning Connection represents quality award-winning materials from the following: American Girl, Aurora, Blue Apple, Bathroom Readers Institute, Candlewick Press, Carson-Dellosa, Chicco, Chronicle Books, EDC/ Usborne, Folkmanis, Gallopade, HarperCollins, Harcourt Brace, Handprints, Ideals / Williamson Books, I Parenting, Innovative Kids, Insect Lore, Lectorum, Learning Wrap Ups, Luna Rising, Manhattan Toy, Mantra-Lingua, Mary Meyer, MathStart, Melissa & Doug, Milet, Murray Hill Books, National Book Network, Northland, North South Books, Penguin Group USA, Pleasant Company, Program Source, Random House, Rising Moon, Scholastic Books, Schylling, Silver Dolphin, Simon & Schuster, Sleeping Bear Press, SmartLab, Soundprints, Stemmer House, Studio Mouse, Thames & Kosmos, and Two-Can Publishing.

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