Young Lee Pesky Portrait

Lee Pesky had learning disabilities at a time when there was little understanding of common issues like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. His family struggled to find the support Lee needed in overcoming his obstacles to learning. They did the best they could with the few resources available at the time, and Lee was able to complete college and become a business owner. After their son passed away in 1995 at the age of 30, Alan and Wendy Pesky founded Lee Pesky Learning Center to honor Lee’s legacy by helping children with learning differences in a way they weren’t able to help their son.

Our vision is to create a pathway to learning for everyone.

Since 1997, we have been working with students, families, schools, and communities to understand and overcome obstacles to learning.

Our Commitments

We accomplish our mission through five strategic commitments:

  1. Design and deliver all services consistent with the Science of Learning and Development. We are committed to serving the whole person. Our services are designed through the self-regulated learner (SRL) framework, in which we support learners to become connected, self-aware, self-determined, strategic and resilient. 
  2. Empower those who work in service of students. Our professional development experts work with teachers, principals, parents and community organizations to build their capacity to provide high quality, equitable, inclusive learning environments in which all children can thrive.
  3. Close the educational opportunity gap. Systemic and structural inequality and racism have created the conditions that leave too many students behind.  Through direct services to students, to parents and to teachers, our goal is to promote inclusive, equitable and culturally responsive learning environments.
  4. Advance research and practice in the Science of Learning and Development. Our research agenda is focused on developing, studying, and improving practice through our SRL framework. Through practitioner-researcher partnerships, we can better understand how self-regulation affects student learning, how to design integrated approaches that serve the whole person, and how to feasibly implement these practices across a variety of settings and contexts.
  5. Prepare the next generation of practitioners. Our training programs prepare future practitioners to provide high quality individualized evaluation, academic and counseling support, effectively preparing them to excel in their respective fields, including: Special  Education, Early Childhood Education, Counseling and Education Research.

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News

Lee Pesky Learning Center Leadership Update

This past September 2021, Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) expressed a warm farewell to Dr. Evelyn Johnson. After a decade of leading Lee Pesky Learning Center as Executive Director and, most recently, CEO, Dr. Johnson will be continuing her professional journey as VP of Research and Development at Aperture Education. Dr. Johnson also led LPLC’s research on our unique self-regulated learner framework, the early detection of learning disabilities, and a professional development model for early childhood educators.

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Idaho Press Features LPLC Co-Founder’s Memoir: More to Life than More

Lee Pesky Learning Center Co-Founder, Alan Pesky, is releasing his new memoir titled More to Life than More: A Memoir of Misunderstanding, Loss and Learning on September 7th (Skyhorse Publishing). In his memoir, co-authored with Claudia Aulum, Alan Pesky grapples with difficult life questions as he chronicles his relationship with his son, Lee Pesky, who died unexpectedly of a highly invasive brain cancer in 1995 at 30 years old. To honor Lee’s legacy, Alan founded Lee Pesky Learning Center (LPLC) in 1997.

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Cristianne Lane, LPLC Professional Development Director, Featured in Idaho Press

Our very own Professional Development Director, Cristianne Lane, was recently featured in an Idaho Press article discussing Idaho Lawmakers’ decision-making process about implementing full-day kindergarten. With Lee Pesky Learning Center’s mission to understand and overcome obstacles to learning in mind, Cristianne highlighted the reality that the key to closing educational opportunity gaps for our most…

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Announcing the Let There Be Poster Project

Announcing The Let There Be Project A Collaborative Project Benefiting Lee Pesky Learning Center and The Alliance of Idaho   The Let There Be project was dreamed up by Alan and Wendy Pesky to benefit The Alliance of Idaho and the Lee Pesky Learning Center, both Idaho-based nonprofits. The Alliance of Idaho protects the human…

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LPLC Welcomes New Board Members

Mario Pile, Assistant Director of Development at Boise State University is passionate about improving education for underserved students. Prior to his role at Boise State, Mario worked at the Idaho Youth Ranch. His commitment to students and experience in the field of development will make significant contributions to the LPLC Board. Robert Sanchez, LTC (Retired)…

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Leading From Values by Alan Pesky

Alan Pesky recently published Leading From Values in Leader to Leader, “an award-winning quarterly report on management, leadership, and strategy” published by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In Leading From Values, Alan identifies the foundational values of Lee Pesky Learning Center. He makes a compelling case that these values still define LPLC today and continue…

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Listening Series Session 3

On Thursday, August 13 LPLC held the third and final session in the Creating Pathways to Learning for Everyone listening series. This series is being hosted and moderated by The Community Library of Ketchum, ID. During session three, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, CEO of Lee Pesky Learning Center, and moderator Martha Williams, Program and Education Manager…

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Listening Series Session 2

On Wednesday, July 29 LPLC held the second session in the Creating Pathways to Learning for Everyone listening series. This series is being hosted and moderated by The Community Library of Ketchum, ID. During session two, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, CEO of Lee Pesky Learning Center, and moderator DeAnn Campbell, Children’s and Young Adult Director of…

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LPLC Welcomes New Executive Director, Dr. Lindy Crawford

Lee Pesky Learning Center is excited to announce the arrival of its new Executive Director, Dr. Lindy Crawford! Dr. Crawford joins LPLC from Texas Christian University where she was a professor and administrator. Dr. Crawford was also President of the Council for Learning Disabilities. Dr. Crawford will guide LPLC’s operations and advancement, as well as…

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Listening Series Session 1

On Tuesday, July 14 LPLC kicked off its Creating Pathways to Learning for Everyone listening series. This series is being hosted and moderated by The Community Library of Ketchum, ID. During session one, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, LPLC CEO, and Dr. Jenny Emery Davidson, Executive Director of The Community Library, laid out the current landscape of…

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LPLC to Kick-off Listening Series on Learning Challenges and the Opportunity Gap

School closures have widened the already existing opportunity gap in education. If we do not address these inequities full-on, there will be lifelong consequences for children who struggle.  Forecasts based on historical data from summer loss and previous school closures during natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina suggest that students will return to school this fall at about 65%…

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LPLC Board Welcomes New Member

The Lee Pesky Learning Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mark Hamachek has joined the Board as its newest member. Mark is a resident of Seattle, Washington and is passionate about supporting students with learning and attention challenges. Mark is the founder of H Group, an advisory and new venture development firm as…

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LPLC Featured on Voices of Treefort Music Fest Podcast

Lee Pesky Learning Center was given the opportunity to be featured on Storyfort Presents: Voices of Treefort Music Fest podcast. Christian Winn, Director of Storyfort, focused this week’s podcast on the festival’s non-profit partners and how they are adapting during the time of COVID-19. And how the community can support non-profit needs through Idaho Gives.…

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LPLC Featured on Where’s Larry of KTVB

Lee Pesky Learning Center was given the opportunity to be featured on Where’s Larry on KTVB News as part of Idaho Gives. To hear more from Larry’s interview with LPLC CEO, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, click here. To learn more about LPLC’s Idaho Gives campaign and contribute, click here. Idaho Gives ends at midnight, May 8,…

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LPLC Launches Virtual Parent Events

English Virtual Parent Event Kindergarten readiness is the key to continued success in school – and beyond. And we know just how critical parents are to the process. That’s why we’ve published our “Virtual Preschool Parent Events” to help preschool families navigate home learning during this unique time (también disponible en español a continuación). Please participate…

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Kindergarten and First Grade Resources

We have compiled a great list of kindergarten and first grade resources for parents and teachers. These resources include literacy, math and self-regulation activities and routines that can be done at home or school! Kindergarten and first grade literacy and math resources Scholastic Learn has a wonderful website full of books and activities for preK-9th…

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Preschool Resources

We have compiled a great list of preschool resources for parents and teachers. These resources include literacy, math and self-regulation activities and routines that can be done at home or school! Preschool Literacy Resources Language and Vocabulary Resources:  Sesame Street has a wonderful website full of fun games for children! Storyline highlights famous people reading popular children’s…

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Jacob’s Story Featured on Idaho Matters

One in five students has a learning or attention challenge, and Idaho sixth-grader Jacob is one of those students. Jacob has dyslexia and dysgraphia, which can make it hard for teachers to understand what Jacob needs to be successful in and out of the classroom. Thankfully, Jacob and his mom found the Lee Pesky Learning…

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I Run for LPLC

Hi, I’m Greg Pesky. I am the Chair of the Lee Pesky Learning Center Board of Directors. I am proud to serve in this role and strategically guide LPLC as it strives to create pathways to learning for everyone. I’m also Lee’s younger brother. My connection to LPLC runs deep – and has kept me…

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