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Project Eye-to-Eye - Parent Resources for children and adults with learning differences

Project Eye-to-Eye - Parent Resources for children and adults with learning differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Project Eye-To-Eye's mission is to develop a coalition of mentoring programs for labeled students with learning disabilities and to empower these individuals to celebrate their differences.

 

"Help your child find their passions. Working in one's areas of weakness is frustrating and tiring and school can be a daunting task. Hence, it is important for your child to have things he or she participates in and looks forward to, enjoys and excels in to have the positive feeling of doing things at his or her ability level (e.g., hands-on science labs, sports, crafts, art projects). Knowing that they are good at something gives them confidence and builds self esteem. Make sure your child knows that you are proud of them regardless of how they perform in school, as this can be a life saving and life changing practice...."

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The future for some urban districts? Philadelphia Sch. District announces dissolution

The future for some urban districts?   Philadelphia Sch. District announces dissolution | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Philadelphia public schools are on the operating table, reeling from a knockout blow of heavy state budget cuts. It was too much to bear after decades of underfunding and mismanagement at the hands of shortsighted Philadelphians and mean-spirited politicians in Harrisburg. Forty schools would close next year, and six additional schools would be closed every year thereafter until 2017. Closing just eight schools this year prompted an uproar. Anyhow, the remaining schools would get chopped up into “achievement networks” where public or private groups compete to manage about 25 schools, and the central office would be chopped down to a skeleton crew of about 200. District HQ has already eliminated about half of the 1,100-plus positions that existed in 2010. This is all aimed at closing a $218 million deficit for the coming year, part of a $1.1 billion cumulative deficit by 2017. Charter schools will teach an estimated 40 percent of students by 2017......."

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Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity--All Children Can Be Taught to Read

Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity--All Children Can Be Taught to Read | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

“@DyslexiaYale: All children can be taught to read

One of the most exciting things to happen to your child between the time he enters kindergarten and the time he leaves the next spring is that he breaks the reading code. To do so he must solve the two parts of the reading puzzle: one involving spoken language, and the other involving written language.

To solve the first part of the puzzle, each would-be reader must begin to understand that spoken words come apart and that they are made up of very small bits of language. Once a child appreciates that spoken words can be pulled apart into distinct sounds, he is well on his way to solving the spoken language part of the code. For example, the word "sat" is made up of a sequence of sounds, represented by the letters, "s," or the "ssss" sound, "a," or the "aaaa" sound, and "t," or the "t" sound.

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Videolicious: Free app for editing video in 3 easy steps!

Videolicious: Free app for editing video in 3 easy steps! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Students! be the first in your class to send  your composition in to the teacher  from your iPhone!This is a very useful, free tool which can be used to create and edit video on your iPhone or iPad. It's a great tool for project work as well as entertainment.


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Practice with feedback: combining old & new paradigms:Medical Manikins Simulate Real-Life Emergencies

Practice with feedback: combining old & new paradigms:Medical Manikins Simulate Real-Life Emergencies | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
They speak, breathe and even bleed. High-tech manikins are the latest trend in medical education that offer students and professionals alike an opportunity to practice under pressure. WSJ's Christina Tsuei reports.
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Mentis Foundation Awards Scholarships to Dyslexic Students

Mentis Foundation Awards Scholarships to Dyslexic Students | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

GREENWICH, Conn., April 23, 2012 The Mentis Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dyslexia and supporting underprivileged youth with this learning disability, announced the winners of eight scholarships awarded to outstanding young students with dyslexia. These scholarships were funded from the hazard pay founder Will Gregory earned while serving in Afghanistan.

"As someone who struggled with dyslexia growing up, I understand firsthand the obstacles this learning disability presents and the issues these students face. The kids we are recognizing are incredible individuals who are overcoming these challenges and will no doubt have a profound impact on the world," stated Will Gregory, the founder of The Mentis Foundation.

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Brooklyn Letters: What's the difference between a Neuropsychological and a Psychoeducational evaluation?

Brooklyn Letters: What's the difference between a Neuropsychological and a Psychoeducational evaluation? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

April 23rd, 2012. Parents of children with learning differences are often faced with the decision of which type of evaluation will best meet the needs of their child. This decision is important to ensuring that a child is supplied withthe decision of which type of evaluation will best meet the needs of their child. This decision is important to ensuring that a child is supplied with the interventions/supports that will provide the greatest potential for success. ...

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HBO: I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: Film for Families About Learning Differences

HBO: I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: Film for Families About Learning Differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
The official website for the HBO Documentary Film I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences, featuring videos, images, interviews, resources and schedule information.
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10 minute video: Dyslexia An Unwrapped Gift (part 1 of 2) by Silva Productions

The film on Dyslexia is narrated by students and Tom West, Author of the "Mind's Eye" asks the question, is dyslexia a disability or a'gift''?  and goes onto to highlight research that suggests dyslexics possess strengths and affinities that are sometimes obscured by the language and academic difficulties associated with the condition.

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From school reform debate to public health crisis,effective schools are crucial to national defense

From school reform debate to public health crisis,effective schools are crucial to national defense | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Former U.S. commanders decry the declining emphasis on education and its impact on our security.

Consider this: the Defense Department estimates that 75 percent of our young adults are not qualified to join the military. Yes, three out of four of 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. currently cannot enlist due to a variety of disqualifying factors.

According to reports by the national security non-profit organization

Mission: Readiness, to which we both belong, 1 in 4 young adults is too overweight to join the military. One in 10 has had a serious run-in with the law, and still others have a range of health problems that disqualify them.

In addition, 23 percent of young adults in Tennessee cannot enlist because they have not completed high school. If that were not bad enough, of potential Tennessee recruits who have graduated, 1 in 4 of them can’t pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), our military’s entrance exam,

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Deciphering Dyslexia on ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Deciphering Dyslexia on ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Today, a person with a learning disability is less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be unemployed as an adult, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The stakes are getting higher as success in life becomes more and more dependent on one's ability to read.

A team of experts at Florida State University (FSU) is working to better understand and diagnose dyslexia and other learning disabilities with a new $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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"When I was in school, children in my hometown of Akron, OH, who struggled with reading would drop out and get a job in manufacturing, where they could make a good living," said principal investigator Richard Wagner, PhD, professor of psychology at FSU and associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR). "Now it is difficult to even work at a fast food restaurant if you struggle with reading."

The formal name for the project is the Multidisciplinary Learning Disabilities Center. The staff includes educators, psychologists, and a wide range of experts from various disciplines working collaboratively.

"The research team is poised to make even greater progress in advancing our understanding of a set of disabilities affecting 15 percent to 20 percent of the population," said FCRR director Barbara Foorman, PhD, a professor of education.NIH funds effort to better understand and diagnose learning disabilities."

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High-tech help to 'level the playing field' & keep LD students in school!

High-tech help to 'level the playing field' & keep  LD students in school! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Since 2003, Ms Webber has been lobbying for students to have access to voice recognition and other software in high schools. Many students drop out in years 7 to 9, she says, because disabilities such as dyslexia or auditory processing disorder mean they struggle to get their thoughts onto paper, to read or to understand verbal instructions. Ms Webber has trained teachers in schools, such as Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill, to use this technology and says it can be useful for all students.
The program, Dragon Naturally Speaking, which converts a student's speech into text, is being used by a number of schools to help students with learning disabilities write down their ideas. Free software on AccessApps and EduApps, which reads documents to students who struggle to read, is also being used by an increasing number of schools.
These programs also have mind-mapping tools, which allow students to list ideas that are then converted into draft essays.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/disability-groups-aim-for-hightech-help-20120420-1xc8y.html#ixzz1spDCm2fqDisability groups aim for high-tech help (Great program designed to help #students with a learning #disability at school!

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Worth the twenty minutes! Education 2.0 (Why Are Kids In School? Ken Robinson, Don Topscott, Jim Slotta)

This video was created as a final project for a graduate-level course entitled "Technology and Education" (KMD2003/TPS1447) at the Ontario Institute for Stud...

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Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs - Education Week News

Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs - Education Week News | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Strategies for Meeting All Students' NeedsEducation Week NewsBy Laurie Wasserman Whether you're a special education teacher or not, you likely teach students who are on the autism spectrum or who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety disorders, or emotional disabilities.
Differentiating instruction for such students can be challenging. But as an urban middle school teacher with more than 30 years of experience, I've identified some strategies that increase the chances that we're meeting all students' needs on a daily basis....

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Teaching Music to children with Dyslexia

Teaching Music to children with Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Many teachers will have encountered a bright, musical and motivated pupil who is not progressing as expected. There are many possible reasons for this, one of them being that the pupil might be dyslexic. A dyslexic pupil is not a slow learner in the ordinary sense even though progress may be impeded but lack of expected progress is, however, usually the first sign that something might be wrong. For many students with dyslexia, playing be ear is easier than reading music or musical theory. In this brief article, an experienced music teacher shares tips about working with dyslexic music students.

Here are some of the areas where problems might occur, together with ideas for coping with them. 


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TED [VIDEO] How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon: illustrating exponential growth

Can folding a piece of paper 45 times get you to the moon? By seeing what happens when folding just one piece of paper, we see the unbelievable potential of exponential growth. This lesson will leave you wanting to grab a piece of paper to see how many times you can fold it!


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Educational Innovation blog | online learning insights

Educational Innovation blog | online learning insights | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

“Yet undergraduate education changes remarkably little over time. My predecessor …. famously compared the difficulty of reforming a curriculum with the difficulty of moving a cemetery” Lawrence H. Summers, former president of Harvard University.

"I was inspired this week, I read about several educators that don’t appear afraid of change, in fact embraced change that has led to well…pretty incredible things. Though there are many, I’ll share just a few........"

 

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Innovation in education: are we ready for change?

Innovation in education: are we ready for change? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
A disruptive technology is one that radically alters an existing market – the iPod displacing the Walkman, for example, or tablets eating into sales of PCs. In the same way, new technologies have the potential to disrupt the education system, bringing about major changes in the way pupils learn and challenging the way schools and colleges are run.

"We've been on the brink of radical transformation in education for about 20 years now," says Eylan Ezekiel, digital engagement consultant for ONSchool, a specialist innovation school he hopes to open in Oxford. "The question is whether there is the energy to turn some of the exciting innovations into something that has a broader impact."There is major investment in technology in schools but education could still miss out on its biggest opportunity in decades, writes Duncan Jefferies...

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A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral

A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

To teach responsibly in a digital age, we have to respect what our tools can do to help us learn together -- and what tools alone cannot do. We need to be prepared to adapt them to our specific needs as teachers and learners. We need tools that are as open as possible, that are designed to encourage students to participate and not simply consume. And we need to support teachers who are also learning how to use new tools for the most innovative, imaginative, interactive teaching.


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Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, speaks to students about learning differences

Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, speaks to students about learning differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

This year, Bella Thorne showed up for the second annual, week-long “Every Kids Counts” program, which celebrates special-needs children and raises awareness for child disorders. Audiences were surprised to see Bella, who has appeared on Disney television shows, but has never made any real public mention about her struggles with dyslexia.

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Bi-partisan support for Ed reform: Cleveland legislation advances hope for Ohio kids

Bi-partisan support for  Ed reform: Cleveland legislation advances hope for Ohio kids | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The bills, one in the Ohio House the other in the Senate, will begin with bipartisan sponsorship in the legislature, and also have the support of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Teachers Union.

Supporters say the rare alliances on such an important piece of legislation underscore how important it is for something to finally be done to change the dismal academic fortunes of one the state's worst performing school systems, where the number of dropouts outnumbers college-bound graduates."

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Twice-Exceptional Newsletter: Articles on the use of ipads with children who have fine motor difficulties.

Twice-Exceptional Newsletter:  Articles on the use of ipads with children who have fine motor difficulties. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

iPADS AND LDs was the subject of an article in the Washington Post recently. The article explained some of the ways the iPad and its apps can help students with LDs or autism. Among the advantages, according to the article: "With touch screens instead of pen and paper or a point-and-click mouse, tablets can be much easier to use by students with fine motor difficulties. They also help disorganized students by consolidating calendars, memos and notes all in one device." Find the article. ...

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Young Berkhamsted business woman is in nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs Local - Hemel Gazette

Young Berkhamsted business woman is in nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs Local - Hemel Gazette | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

A DYSLEXIC 21-year-old has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 young entrepreneurs after setting up her own company.

University of Kent student Amy Brooks set up the firm Spark-Ed with Greg Mackelden, launching a series of mobile phone-based learning applications for fellow students.

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Early identification& intervention makes the difference: Developmental dyslexia:The Lancet

Early identification& intervention makes the difference: Developmental dyslexia:The Lancet | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Dyslexia is a neuro-developmental disorder characterised by slow and inaccurate word recognition. Children with dyslexia are unable to read fluently.
The earlier dyslexia is identified the easier it is to treat for the child to catch up with peers in reading fluency. Problems with reading fluency are best addressed when the child is in kindergarten or first grade; that is when they are between 5-7 years old. If detected later, the chld has accumulated several years of reading failure. It may be impossible for them to close the gap at that stage. Boys with dyslexia come to clinical attention

Conditions signalling risk for dyslexia

ADHD
Language impairment
Speech disorder
Effective treatments are low cost, which further draws attention to the importance of early identification, prevention, and treatment of dyslexia

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Robin L Peterson, Bruce F Pennington. Developmental dyslexia. The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 17 April 2012 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60198-6Developmental dyslexia.By - Robin L Peterson PhD, Bruce F Pennington PhD (http://t.co/6tgOI0YN Developmental dyslexia...)...

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Kudos and thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Providing Scholarships for Twice-Exceptional ...

Kudos and thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Providing Scholarships for Twice-Exceptional ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The Belin-Blank Center supports high standards for teachers, for students and for resources to help Iowa maintain a leadership role in education. We want to keep education synonymous with Iowa. The needs of gifted students are not always central to the discussions of transformations in education.

The Belin-Blank Center is dedicated to keeping these needs central to Iowa education. Through a generous grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKC), twice-exceptional students (high-ability students with a learning, behavior, or social-emotional disability) will have greater access to the Center’s summer programs. There are two sessions of commuter programs for students in grades 2-6 that are two weeks in duration. Examples of classes to be offered in 2012 include: Chemistry Exploration; Introduction to Advanced Math, A Writer’s Journey Via Memoir; Introduction to Geology, Paleontology, and Archeology. The Center also offers residential programs for students in grades 6-11."

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