Thank you for the many years of support. We no longer sell or support third-party educational software. Consulting and research services available.

About Academic Edge

Educators. That’s who we are. Reading people. Kid people. Kentucky people. Even dog people!

The Academic Edge’s Kentucky division is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Academic Edge Kentucky has been providing high-quality reading, literacy, math, and test preparation tutoring offline and online in Kentucky and throughout the United States for over 30 years! And we’ve been providing educational consulting to Kentucky school districts, Kentucky schools, and Kentucky classrooms for just as long.

The Kentucky division licenses and supports online, researched-based programs that have proven to increase student performance in the classroom and on high stake tests. AEI Lexington bring exceptional professional development that trains and motivates teachers to use the programs, and our ongoing strategic management and follow up assures success. Learn more about our sales and support of our own and third-party online learning solutions in Kentucky.

About Academic Edge Kentucky: Our People

Elizabeth Goldsworthy

Founder & Director

Betsy is a reading specialist and the founder of the Academic Edge, 1984, and a private school for children who learn differently, Woodbridge Academy, 1989. She spent 12 years in public schools as an English and social studies teacher, teacher of the gifted, and then as a reading teacher/consultant.

Spending 45+ years as a career educator has been at times heart-wrenching, but mostly inspiring. Our future is truly based on the success of our young ones.

Rick Goldsworthy

Rick Goldsworthy

COO/Director, R&D

Rick is the CEO and Director of Research and Development of AEI. Under his direction, AEI has performed a wide range of work for government, university, and corporate clients. Relevant projects include the development and evaluation of warning symbols and labels for teratogenic pharmaceuticals, and the creation of web, video, and print materials on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Reading. Math. Easier!

Tiffany Sholar

Educational Consultant

Tiffany Sholar is a lead educational consultant for Kentucky and Ohio.  She is a retired elementary school teacher.  She spent the last 10 years of her career as the reading interventionist and coach for her school.  Helping students to become successful readers is her passion.  Tiffany believes that utilizing online research based programs to pinpoint […]

I love helping students become successful readers, and look forward to helping other teachers help their students too!

About Academic Edge: Our History

Founded in 1984. Academic Edge was one of the first tutoring and test preparation centers in not just Kentucky but in the United States. We used state of the art technology — Apple //e computers! — along with face-to-face training to increase learner test scores on SAT and ACT standardized tests. Back then Davidson and Associates was a big player in this field, and they had site visits to us to understand our best practices. Pretty awesome for a Kentucky company. We also helped learners of all ages with a variety of other subjects and skills.

In fact, we were not only one of the first technology enhanced tutoring centers, we were also one of the first organizations to specialize in blended learning. All the rage today, blended learning is essentially the recognition that technology delivered solutions, by themselves, are not enough. That effective learning blends the traditional with the new, technology with excellent teachers!

It should hardly be surprising that we’d have this blended approach: we are, and always have been, teachers first and foremost!

Even in 1984. Our founder, Elizabeth Goldsworthy was a reading teacher and a reading specialist. Was isn’t right, because of course, once a teacher, always a teacher!

Over the years, our emphasis on different learning problems has evolved.

We’ve started a school for children with learning differences.

We’ve received a large number of federal grants and contracts to explore how learning occurs, how to change behavior, what technology can do to support learning, and just what works and what, well, not so much!

Then several of us turned back toward reading and literacy in Kentucky. Because reading matters. And Kentucky kids matter. And therefore we come full circle.

So, from reading teacher and support specialist in the public schools to helping others improve students’ reading and literacy skills. It’s been a windy, fun, and fulfilling journey, and we are so glad to be able to work with so many committed and caring Kentucky districts, schools, administrators, and teachers!

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