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Ban average, design to the edges-Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty

"L. Todd Rose is co-founder and president of Project Variability, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. Todd is also the author of Square Peg: My story and what it means for raising visionaries, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers. 

For more information, visit http://projectvariability.org or connect with us on https://www.facebook.com/projectvaria...https://twitter.com/pvariability


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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:06 AM

Fascinating description of a study done by the Air Force that revealed there were no pilots who were "average" on measures of size, therefore the seats in fighters fit no one who flew the planes. The Air Force changed the specs--and demanded that contractors design cockpits that would accommodate the shortest and tallest pilots--by designing to the "edges of the population.

When will we learn this lesson in schools??-Lou

Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:09 AM

Wow. Congrats, Todd!

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Fiber-Optic Pen May Help Scientists Understand Dyslexia - Yahoo! News

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A new fiber-optic pen may help reveal the unique brain patterns in people with writing and reading disabilities, such as dyslexia.
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NYT David Brooks: Beyond the Brain

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"....The next time somebody tells you what a brain scan says, be a little skeptical. The brain is not the mind...."Advances in neuroscience promise many things, but they will never explain everything."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:55 AM

The consequences of over selling preliminary research data is that proven practice gets over looked. Brook's assertion that the brain is not the mind is important. Let's all shake some salt over images of  brain scans--and not allow colleagues to promote them to brain-scams.--Lou

Excerpt:

"..What Satel and Lilienfeld call “neurocentrism” is an effort to take the indeterminacy of life and reduce it to measurable, scientific categories.

Right now we are compelled to rely on different disciplines to try to understand behavior on multiple levels, with inherent tensions between them. Some people want to reduce that ambiguity by making one discipline all-explaining. They want to eliminate the confusing ambiguity of human freedom by reducing everything to material determinism.

But that is the form of intellectual utopianism that always leads to error. An important task these days is to harvest the exciting gains made by science and data while understanding the limits of science and data. .."

Linda Alexander's comment, June 18, 2013 8:04 AM
Three cheers for David Brooks! We want to divide, map and conquer the brain. And then there is the mind--a whole different element altogether. I'm tired of the brain-scans, too, Lou. Misinformation is being applied in too many classrooms, and in society. Thanks for posting! The brain is fluid, extremely complex and, as Brooks points out, does not speak for the mind.
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 18, 2013 1:42 PM

A good word of caution: that new studies and insights are unlikely to explain everything.  And despite some of the comments after this article, the idea that the mind IS the brain is at best still very controversial. -Lon

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Genetics of Dyslexia and Language Impairment Unraveled - Science Daily (press release)

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Genetics of Dyslexia and Language Impairment Unraveled Science Daily (press release) June 13, 2013 — A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions,...
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Genetic origins of dyslexia and language impairment unravelled - Jagran Post

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Jagran Post Genetic origins of dyslexia and language impairment unravelled Jagran Post Washington: Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered genetic variants that can predispose children to dyslexia and language impairment, increasing...
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Vision, dyslexia not linked - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU - KVVU Las Vegas

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THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain imaging study appears to rule out one potential cause of dyslexia, finding that vision problems don't lead to the common reading disorder.
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death v...

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Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish - and how current education culture works against them.
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Existing State Literacy Laws - Literate Nation

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Help us track our nation's laws about reading, literacy, English as a second language, specific learning disabilities, and dyslexia; our S.E.E.D.S. students.


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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:37 PM

About LiterateNation from their website--Lou

Excerpt on Mission:

"Literate Nation is a non-profit organization that exemplifies a call to action movement begun by a group of citizens, educators, and scientists in 2012. The organization, is committed to the achievement of three goals:  

1. that the U.S. education system reclaim its leadership role in student literacy and academic achievement; 

 

2. that our American human capital and our talent for innovation successfully compete in the global economy with skilled workers who will raise the GDP; and

 

3. that these combined goals will create happier, more productive lives for all citizens and the next generation. Towards those ends, Literate Nation focuses collective intelligence, experience, and combined energies on ensuring that all American students are highly literate and well-educated, with career-ready skills. They unify, empower, and inspire positive educational change that will advance state-of-the-art literacy policy in every state; provide the most comprehensive professional knowledge and implementation skills about language and reading literacy development for all teachers; and, propel strong, school-based leadership capable of safeguarding that all students of the United States are prepared to become lifelong learners and contributors to the vibrant, evolving society of the 21st century."

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Brain Anatomy of Dyslexia Not the Same in Boys and Girls - Science Daily

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Brain Anatomy of Dyslexia Is Not the Same in Men and Women, Boys and Girls Science Daily (press release) May 8, 2013 — Using MRI, neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center found significant differences in brain anatomy when comparing...

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 9, 2013 7:49 AM

Dr. Gwenevere Eden is not only an internationally recognized neurological research leader, she is the Past President of the International Dyslexia Association. For our sisters and daughters--let's pay attention people!--Lou

 

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"...Because dyslexia is two to three times more prevalent in males compared with females, "females have been overlooked," says senior author Guinevere Eden, PhD, director for the Center for the Study of Learning and past-president of the International Dyslexia Association.

"It has been assumed that results of studies conducted in men are generalizable to both sexes. But our research suggests that researchers need to tackle dyslexia in each sex separately to address questions about its origin and potentially, treatment," Eden says..."

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NJ Assembly approves bills to aid dyslexic students - Philly.com

NJ Assembly approves bills to aid dyslexic students
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The second bill would incorporate the International Dyslexia Association's definition of dyslexia into the state's special education regulations.
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'Learning disabilities' movement turns 50 - Washington Post (blog)

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'Learning disabilities' movement turns 50
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It was 50 years ago this month that the movement to help students with learning disabilities began. Here's what happened.
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Beware Of The Oversimplifications Of “Folk Neuroscience” « Annie Murphy Paul

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Neuropsychologist Vaughan Bell has a very thoughtful piece in The Guardianabout how we think and talk about the brain these days:

 


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Mobile Screens Easier Reading For Dyslexics

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When Dr. Matthew Schneps needs to read, he turns to his iPhone 4S. The handset’s 3.5-inch screen squeezes text into one skinny column, which is helpful because the Harvard astrophysicist has dyslexia.

 

"Using an app called GoodReader, Landmark students read books in a single column of 42-point text that only allowed for two to three words per line. 'The screen acts like blinders,' explains Schneps. 'You end up reading vertically.' "

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Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut

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A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:24 PM

If only early diagnosis guaranteed early effective instruction or intervention!--Lou

 

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"..NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention. 

Teachers typically are the first to recognize a child is having a tough time reading, spelling, reading aloud and understanding what is being said.

"This is a map of the human genome," said Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale School of Medicine.

Now, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified two genes, that together, increase the risk for dyslexia and language disabilities.

"This is the second dyslexia risk gene," said Dr. Gruen. "It has a huge effect for risk of dyslexia, that can actually increase the risk for dyslexia almost 8 fold in the general population."

What Dr. Gruen and his research unit have pinpointed could lead to an even earlier diagnosis of kids with dyslexia and impaired language skills..."
 

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:28 PM

Very interested in where this may go ahow how it will change the face of identification.

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Not All Reading Disabilities Are Dyslexia: Lesser-Known Reading Disorder Can ... - Science Daily (press release)

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First Linux Dyslexia Software Released by Ghotit | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

First Linux Dyslexia Software Released by Ghotit | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader boasts the following advanced capabilities, all designed for the dyslexic community:

• Intelligent context-sensitive and phonetic spell checker 
• Advanced grammar checker
• A powerful word prediction tool
• A built-in proofreader 
• A reader that can read out any document or web page.

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader works with any Linux, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh text application, and can also be used as a standalone text editor.

Dr. Robert Iakobashvili, Ghotit CTO and one of Ghotit founders, said, "Internet forums reflect many attempts to use on Linux Windows dyslexia assistive software over the Wine emulator. Due to the nature of the assistive software rich by hooks and text-to-speech technologies, the attempts were rarely successful. Ghotit breaks this barrier and delivers the first Linux "native" dyslexia software working properly with popular Linux office programs like Open-Office, LibreOffice and many others." 

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/06/18/first-linux-dyslexia-software-released-ghotit#ixzz2WgsrjyMW


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Abi James's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:44 AM

Really great to see more tools available for Linux.

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Yale researchers unravel genetics of dyslexia and language impairment - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

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Yale researchers unravel genetics of dyslexia and language impairment ScienceBlog.com (blog) A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions,...
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Pa. lawmakers unveil dyslexia screening initiative - abc27

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Pa. lawmakers unveil dyslexia screening initiative
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Two Pennsylvania lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation aimed at earlier diagnosis of dyslexia in the public school system.
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Oxford research improves maths skills through brain stimulation - Nouse

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Oxford research improves maths skills through brain stimulation
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In the near future it might have a place in assisting people with learning disabilities and those with neurodegenerative diseases.
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Brain Anatomy in Dyslexics Varies By Gender, Study Finds - U.S. News & World Report

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Affective development for life long learning: The Psych Approach

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Later research suggested that only 3 percent of students with an ACE score of 0 had learning or behavioral problems in school. Among students with an ACE score of 4 or higher, 51 percent had those problems.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 11, 2013 2:40 PM

Brooks talks here about the importance of affective strength and resilience particularly for students who are at risk.--Lou


"....Attention has shifted toward the psychological for several reasons. First, it’s become increasingly clear that social and emotional deficits can trump material or even intellectual progress. Schools in the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, are among the best college prep academies for disadvantaged kids.

But, in its first survey a few years ago, KIPP discovered that three-quarters of its graduates were not making it through college. It wasn’t the students with the lower high school grades that were dropping out most. It was the ones with the weakest resilience and social skills. It was the pessimists....

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Up to 10 Percent Children Affected by Specific Learning Disabilities - Science World Report

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Science World Report Up to 10 Percent Children Affected by Specific Learning Disabilities Science World Report It is reported that learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum...
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Marin Voice: Preschool not best for every kid - Marin Independent Journal

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Marin Voice: Preschool not best for every kid
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All too often we are told our children have deficits and disorders, so much so that one has to wonder if the problem lies with the child or with the learning environment.
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Dyslexia Research: Biological Marker Discovered?

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Though learning to read proceeds smoothly for most children, as many as one in 10 is estimated to suffer from dyslexia, a constellation of impairments unrelated to intelligence, hearing or vision that make learning to read a ...

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Dyslegia: Pending&enacted legislation promoting interventions & research for dyslexia in Public Schools

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This Bill defines terms; requires the State Board of Education to develop a list of indicators that indicate whether a student may be at risk for a reading difficulty or dyslexia; requires a school district or charter school to provide a ...

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