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Learning Disability Fast Facts | What is LD? - NCLD

Learning Disability Fast Facts | What is LD? - NCLD | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Learning disorders & differences - Nearly 2.4 million students are currently receiving special education services for learning disabilities in the U.S. (RT @LDorg: Want to learn about LD but don't have a lot of time?
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It is critical for education systems to equip all teacher with the necessary skills to support learners with learning disabilities so that it reduces their chances of dropping out before completing school and develop their full potential.

 

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Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education

Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

A web space of the South African Department of Basic Education where educators, parents and education officials can share knowledge and best practice in the field of
inclusive education.

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This is an interactive learning space which welcomes contributions from followers and encourages debate
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Blooming With Autism 501c3 on Instagram: “#add #adhd #autism #autistic #aspergers #autismmom #autismisreal #autismwarrior #autismawareness #autismacceptance #bloomingwautism…”

Blooming With Autism 501c3 on Instagram: “#add #adhd #autism #autistic #aspergers #autismmom #autismisreal #autismwarrior #autismawareness #autismacceptance #bloomingwautism…” | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
“#add #adhd #autism #autistic #aspergers #autismmom #autismisreal #autismwarrior #autismawareness #autismacceptance #bloomingwautism #bloomingwithautism…”

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Signs of Autism Infographic

Signs of Autism Infographic | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
As with almost any neurological or mental health disorder, the symptoms or signs of autism may appear in neuro-typically developing children to some degree.

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Understanding Dysgraphia

Understanding Dysgraphia | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Understand and learn about dysgraphia in children. Understand written expression issues and child writing problems in dysgraphic children.

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

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These issues need to be thought through and addressed as a prerequisite for introducing technology into schools.

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Utilizzo e integrazione della tecnologia 

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

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Voices from the North: Calling for Inclusion in Education

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Interesting chapters on teacher development and strategies for practical implementation of inclusive education. 

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Watch This Kindergartener Sign Her Class Holiday Concert As A Surprise For Her Deaf Parents

Watch This Kindergartener Sign Her Class Holiday Concert As A Surprise For Her Deaf Parents | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Claire's parents might not have been able to hear her concert, but she made sure they'd enjoy it just the same.
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Everyone should be able to sign as freely and naturally as this little girl

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This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege

This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

With a recycling bin and some scrap paper a teachertaught his pupils about class and inequality.

He concluded by saying, “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like. Did you notice how the only ones who complained about fairness were in the back of the room?”

 

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Public education systems have an obligation to level the playing fields

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SEED Library at MC Weiler Primary School, Alexandra, Johannesburg

SEED Library at MC Weiler Primary School, Alexandra, Johannesburg | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

The internal finishes are subdued; it is 'warm' and a humane, touch adds to the proper functioning of this structure as a place of information and informal learning. The exterior is exuberant, playful and colourful - as if it is a giant toy. The whole courtyard, where the structure has been placed, has been covered in artificial grass.

Everything in combination is a much-welcomed antidote to the depressing reality of the school and its immediate urban context. 

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MC Weiler was one of the first inclusive schools to be identified in South Africa. This exciting new learning space may be just the spark to inspire the school towards inspirational new practices.

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For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail - Disability Scoop

For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Far too often, students with disabilities end up on a path to prison when their behavioral and emotional issues are not well addressed at school, experts say.
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Cody is one of thousands of children caught up in the juvenile justice system each year. At least one in three of those arrested has a disability, ranging from emotional disability like bipolar disorder to learning disabilities like dyslexia, and some researchers estimate the figure may be as high as 70 percent. Across the country, students with emotional disabilities are three times more likely to be arrested before leaving high school than the general population.

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Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

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Trying to get a grip on the overwhelming array of apps that are available for teachers

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WorkFit- Employees view 2013 - YouTube

WorkFit is a direct link between people with Down's syndrome and employers.
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Everyone deserves a job. Working promotes wellbeing!
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Statistics on skills give SA reason to worry

Statistics on skills give SA reason to worry | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Systematic exclusion of so many young people from the opportunities and rewards of the formal economy cannot continue, writes Mark Potterton (Come on South African educators!
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* All pupils need new skills to thrive in a global knowledge economy. Pupils need to learn how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams and be entrepreneurial. They need to be curious and know how to communicate effectively.

* In the age of the internet, using new information to solve problems matters more than recalling old information.

* Today’s pupils are motivated differently from previous generations. They hunger for instant gratification and connectedness. They need teachers who understand this.

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The Dawn of System Leadership

The Dawn of System Leadership | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society's most intractable problems require a unique type of leader - the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership.


At no time in history have we needed such system leaders more. We face a host of systemic challenges beyond the reach of existing institutions and their hierarchical authority structures. Problems like climate change, destruction of ecosystems, growing scarcity of water, youth unemployment, and embedded poverty and inequity require unprecedented collaboration among different organizations, sectors, and even countries. Sensing this need, countless collaborative initiatives have arisen in the past decade - locally, regionally, and even globally. Yet more often than not they have floundered - in part because they failed to foster collective leadership within and across the collaborating organizations.



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There's a lot to like in this article and much to contemplate. I particularly like the 3 core capabilities of see the large system, further reflection and more generative conversations, and shifting from reactive problem-solving to co-creating the future.

Jason Leong's curator insight, January 25, 7:13 PM

"System leaders like Baldwin and Winslow understand that collective wisdom cannot be manufactured or built into a plan created in advance. And it is not likely to come from leaders who seek to “drive” their predetermined change agenda. Instead, system leaders work to create the space where people living with the problem can come together to tell the truth, think more deeply about what is really happening, explore options beyond popular thinking, and search for higher leverage changes through progressive cycles of action and reflection and learning over time. Knowing that there are no easy answers to truly complex problems, system leaders cultivate the conditions wherein collective wisdom emerges over time through a ripening process that gradually brings about new ways of thinking, acting, and being.


For those new to system leadership, creating space can seem passive or even weak. For them, strong leadership is all about executing a plan. Plans are, of course, always needed, but without openness people can miss what is emerging, like a sailor so committed to his initial course that he won’t adjust to shifts in the wind. Even more to the point, the conscious acts of creating space, of engaging people in genuine questions, and of convening around a clear intention with no hidden agenda, creates a very different type of energy from that which arises from seeking to get people committed to your plan."

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Becoming a systems leader: capacity building at its best.

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Global Report on out-of-school children

Global Report on out-of-school children | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
This report delves into a rich new body of data and analysis from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children (OOSCI), which confirms that the task of achieving education for all is far from over.

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Decoding Dyslexia [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dyslexia is a very common condition, and it can massively hinder people from reaching their learning potential. To help shed light on the matter, Andy Halliday of the eBuyer Blog offers this infogr...

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ADHD Types I and II? - PsychCentral.com (blog)

ADHD Types I and II? - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
One of my students included this very interesting 9-minute TED talk in a psychology class project.
The speaker proposes that, as with diabetes, there are now arguably two forms of ADHD.

We could call the inborn variety ADHD Type I; Type II would be what one doctor calls “Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder”, developed through excessive Internet use.

I found the analogy with diabetes helpful. It’s easy to think about how the over-consumption of sweets and junk foods stresses the pancreas into producing less insulin, thereby making it harder for the body to break down healthy foods and creating cravings for yet MORE sweets and junk. (Many addictions work in this same way).

In a similar fashion, too much hyper-stimulation from frenetic computer and cell phone use causes relentless surges of dopamine (the pleasure hormone) into the bloodstream. The body protects itself from this deluge by shutting down many dopamine receptors, thus creating a condition in which it takes more and more dopamine to get the same pleasure response. Normal, non-cyber activities such as reading, playing games, doing art projects, and hanging out with friends, don’t deliver the necessary dopamine wallop to the dulled receptors, and are therefore experienced as insufferably bland and boring.

If you’ve got an antsy kid who loves video games and hates to read, definitely start weaning his screen time (computer, cell phone and TV) down to a total of no more than two hours per day.

And to ease him into reading, try checking out some exciting audio books from the library. He can listen using headphones while standing, walking or bouncing on an exercise ball.

Listening to books helps develop vocabulary and gradually gets kids hooked on the rhythm of the plot and empathy for the characters. Like cultivating a taste for plain water and salad instead of soda and chips, the taste for reading needs to be coaxed over time.

Thankfully, brains are flexible and those dopamine receptors DO grow back if you can just give ‘em a break!


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Bednet, synchroon internetonderwijs

Bednet, synchroon internetonderwijs | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Bednet biedt synchroon internetonderwijs (SIO) Jouw kind volgt van op afstand mee live de lessen samen met zijn eigen klasgenoten.
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An innovative approach to include children who are ill and cannot attend school.

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Special Ed, Disability Programs Unscathed In Budget Deal - Disability Scoop

Special Ed, Disability Programs Unscathed In Budget Deal - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
A spending plan making its way through Congress is a win for people with disabilities, advocates say, more for what it doesn't do than what it does.
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Good to see that compounded vulnerability is recognised as needing specific support.

 

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Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates

Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.
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What are the implications of this for education systems planning?

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The Myth of Learning Styles Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Myth of Learning Styles Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The Myth of Learning Styles Infographic plus a very informative article to Debunk the myth of Learning Styles!
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The moral of the story is that teachers need to respect the individuality of their learners and teach creatively applying common sense.

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Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome :: EWTN News

Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome :: EWTN News | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
In order to halt the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome,
much must be done for education, research, and legislation to help
parents choose life, a panel of experts has said.
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“In a sense, Down syndrome is the canary in the coal mine, it’s the test case of how we in a society will deal with difference in disability,” said Mark Bradford of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

“Will we welcome individuals into our communities who have genetic differences? Or will we exclude them from our society, marginalize them, push them away, and not allow them to be born?”

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Children with intellectual disabilities contribute to hugely successful UN event

Children with intellectual disabilities contribute to hugely successful UN event | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

 “If you want to hear my story, you have to be prepared to listen,” Stani, a young person with an intellectual disability, told two United Nations (UN) Committees in what proved to be one of the best-attended UN side events ever.  On 26 September, Stani along with Leo, Yoyo and Dominik, four teenage self-advocates, kept the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesengaged through photos, videos and heartfelt speeches.

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"We cannot make decisions about the lives of children with disabilities without listening to them," said CRPD Committee member Ana Peláez Narváez.

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Debunking Three Assessment Myths - Education Week News

Debunking Three Assessment Myths - Education Week News | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Debunking Three Assessment Myths
Education Week News
(Sherah is a classroom teacher turned professor of education; Anaya is a classroom teacher who is regularly in the throes of assessment demands.) Following are ...
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Educators are not happy that assessment demands are intruding on day-to-day teaching and learning, but there are a few practical and constructive strategies that can help them (and their students) cope with this new reality.

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Are We Star Gazing? Can Canadian Schools Really be Equitable and Inclusive? | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Are We Star Gazing? Can Canadian Schools Really be Equitable and Inclusive? | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
We are a long way from achieving equity for kids with intellectual disabilities in Canadian schools. In some ways I am an accidental participant in this discussion.
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"In the last ten years, some of our largest Canadian school districts are not only maintaining the number of students in self-contained special education, they are actually increasing it. And this is at a time when overall student population is declining."

This is shocking to many, but actually it is not surprising. When you have a school system that encourages teachers and parents to think that special programs and expert teachers are more important than being part of a class in your community school with your peers, this is what happens. Teachers and parents are encouraged to think that it is better that kids with diverse needs get their education from a specialized program out of the mainstream. 

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