"The idea here isn’t simply that educators can improve by connected through social networks–they already are doing that. Rather, that schools can decentralize the teacher training effort by cutting them loose and supporting their self-directed efforts through an array of resources. The purpose of this post, beyond clarifying some how social media-driven and self-directed teacher professional development might work, is to offer some (mostly) concrete ideas for actually getting started designing such a program in your school or district. We would love to hear any suggestions in the comments because, well, that’d be social of you."
Decoding Dyslexia is a fast growing network of parents and professionals advocating for greater awareness and accommodation for dyslexia in public schools. (RT @DDTN13: Here's a great article on the Decoding Dyslexia movement!
Who do we serve? Board Certified Education Advocates help families of children with any learning concerns. Some children may have already been identified as eligible for special education services or a 504 plan. Other children may be struggling at school and parents will want to know what they can do about it.
Many enter the field of advocacy after enduring a period of frustration in obtaining services for a loved one. For this reason, though educated to advocate for all, many advocates choose to limit the scope of their practice to a specific area of expertise. At Greater Reading Educational Advocates, the primary focus is on Specific Learning Disabilites. When receiving an evaluation from outside the educational arena, specific learning disabilities are commonly referred to as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.
Advocacy provided? Clients are empowered to be self-advocates, whenever possible. Client and an advocate decide together what advocacy is needed and steps to be taken. You may choose to have the Advocate do everything from beginning to end or only handle certain tasks.
Special Education Categories? There are 13 categories of special education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Autism Deaf-blindness Deafness Emotional Disturbance Hearing Impairment Intellectual Disability Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairment Other Health Impaired Specific Learning Disability Speech or Language Impairment
"My opinion is we need to take a large magnifying glass to dyslexia. We need to show people the challenges, much akin to Rick Lavoie’s Fat City video. Then we need to shine the spotlight on all the great ways technology can support and enhance learning for these students, as well as the instructional methods that are proven to impact skill development. Technology tools enable dyslexics to engage in the acquisition of knowledge while we still provide the remediation to build their skills. Seemingly too often, skill development is the focus or just they are provided enough to get through without being provided a true opportunity to interact with the information they are accessing or knowledge they are demonstrating."
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