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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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Happy Earth Day ! TY @alexanderlinda for| Music from Nature by Diego Stocco

To celebrate Earth Day, we collaborated with composer Diego Stocco to create an all-natural musical experience. All the sounds you hear in this piece were cr...
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"Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes" Blog for those who weary of the vitriol that has possessed reform debate

"Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes" Blog for those who weary of the vitriol that has possessed reform debate | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Education reform has become one gigantic, clichéd collection of logical fallacies: guilt by association, ad hominem attacks, and so on. People are afraid to voice reasonable ideas or concerns for fear of being painted as disloyal to their usual cause. The great irony here is that some of the most polarized thinkers are the very same folks who preach the importance of teaching critical thinking in the classroom.

I admit that I've come to dismiss cries for more "teacher voice" as unions wanting to control every decision. But spending time with union leaders recently has given me new insights into how much good teachers want to channel their dedication for kids into a broader policy discussion and how frustrated they often are with the current opportunities available to them. I'd like to see more researchers and think tanks surprise us all with findings that don't support their usual stance. Could it possibly be true that everything Diane Ravitch comes across confirms her point of view? What if Michelle Rhee wrote about mistakes she thinks she made as superintendent of D.C. schools? I'd like to see a union leader propose a change in rules that removes protections for weak teachers. I'd like to see charter advocates self-police bad authorizers or schools not serving kids with special needs.

Today, make your friends uncomfortable by challenging their ideas. Make arguments based on facts, not easy rhetorical plays. Read things from publications you normally ignore. Surprise. Lead."-Robin Lake Guest Blogger

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7 minute comic format animation for kids and parents: What's It Like Being Dyslexic?

This comic tells the story of a dyslexic kid struggling at school. Find out typical dyslexic difficulties and their strengths. Based upon the school days of ... (What's It Like Being Dyslexic?
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LD: An Obstacle, Not a Limitation

LD: An Obstacle, Not a Limitation | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
2012 Anne Ford Scholar Silvia Ortiz-Rosales describes herself as having a thirst for knowledge and success.

After coming to terms with my learning disability I gained an amazing quality. I acquired the ability to keep trying, to adjust and learn despite my disability. I learned that the best way to overcome my dyslexia and auditory processing differences is to accept them and strive through them to show others I can compete with my peers. I also learned that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. My focus has helped me exceed people’s expectations and show them that my learning disabilities will not hold me back.

I have become a driven individual and that makes me proud. Although I take multiple Advanced Placement classes and challenge myself with numerous extracurricular activities, I know college will present me with even more opportunities to be involved.

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The Atlantic: The Three Main Obstacles in the Way of Education Reform

The Atlantic: The Three Main Obstacles in the Way of Education Reform | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Last year, Adam Gray was named the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Despite the honor, Gray, who is in his twenties, was dismissed from his South Boston high school shortly thereafter because of rules that make seniority more important than performance when deciding layoffs. He now teaches at the prestigious Boston Latin.

Not surprisingly, follies like this are commonly cited as examples of how archaic practices persist in education. Yet focusing on these absurd examples to score some easy points -- as is typical in the education debate -- obscures the larger, far more serious systemic problems that underlie them.

To me there are three big culprits in American education policy that are crippling the ability of our schools to respond to today's challenges. They are:Previous attempts have only piled more money on the heap of a broken system. We need transformative changes, not additive ones.

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Disruptive Innovation at MIT — | Product Design and Development

Disruptive Innovation at MIT — | Product Design and Development | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

It’s midnight, and Anant Agarwal is still at his computer. He’s in an online discussion forum, talking about basic circuit design with students around the world — a group that includes high schoolers, undergraduates, mid-career professionals and at least one octogenarian retiree.

A decade ago, MIT broke ground with its OpenCourseWare initiative, which made MIT course materials, such as syllabi and lecture notes, publicly accessible. But over the last five years, MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif has led an effort to move the complete MIT classroom experience online, with video lectures, homework assignments, lab work — and a grade at the end.

That project, called MITx, launched late last year. On March 16, Reif announced that Agarwal would step down as CSAIL director in order to lead MIT’s Open Learning Enterprise, which will oversee MITx’s development.

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Olympian Eric Gillis speaks about his struggles with dyslexia

Olympian Eric Gillis speaks about his struggles with dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
There were already a host of reasons for Guelph to feel good about Eric Gillis.He has participated in many local runs and aided several local running causes. He was among the big names to offer support and help promote the incredible effort that saw $1 million raised in less than a month earlier this year to secure a pending international calibre running track for the community. He helps out younger runners. He also demonstrates the balance an elite athlete can manage successfully — becoming a dad between Olympics and clearly enjoying that journey, publicly as well, through avenues such as his blog.

But Gillis also offers Guelph leadership through his openness about being someone with dyslexia. In fact, next week he will be providing a community presentation that will focus on that aspect of his life on behalf of the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County.

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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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Lewis professor named Pres. Illinois State Chapter of IDA

Lewis professor named Pres. Illinois  State Chapter of IDA | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Suzanne O’Brien, the chair of the elementary education department at Lewis, was elected president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Illinois branch. O’Brien is looking to make some big changes to help students struggling with dyslexia.

The IDA is dedicated to learning about new techniques and strategies to help those growing up with dyslexia. At times, students dealing with dyslexia struggle early on in school and often don’t recover as they should. O’Brien and her team are looking to help teachers spot dyslexia early on in a child’s development so that they can get the education they deserve, despite their dyslexia.

“I was honored to be selected as president of this great association,” O’Brien said. “The next two years are critical years for the association in Illinois; we have to work with state representatives in the hopes of getting legislation passed in regards to learning with dyslexia.”

O’Brien has been a part of this organization since 1997, and has been impacted by dyslexia outside of her work for the association. Several of her grandchildren have been diagnosed with dyslexia, which makes the topic even more important to her.

O’Brien has seen firsthand what can be done in a child’s life to improve their dyslexic condition. Other than her grandchildren, O’Brien worked with dyslexic children when she was a school principal 15 years ago. She noticed that when different instructional elements were added to a child’s reading program, the child will show a marked improvement in reading.

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10 minute video loop: The inspiration behind theamerican Storyteller.com :Nelson Lauver tells his story

www.theamericanstoryteller.com. Nationally Syndicated Journalist, and speaker, Nelson Lauver shares his amazing story of growing up as a troubled kid with learning differences...

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Science Probes for the iPad

Science Probes for the iPad | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Science is one of those subjects that really excite students because they get to see cause and effect, they get to create, record and then document results and they get to manipulate the variables that produce the data.

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Assets High School sophomore overcomes dyslexia, heads to college early

Assets High School sophomore overcomes dyslexia, heads to college early | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - She's definitely a dynamo. Every once in awhile, you meet a young person who's not only inspired by her teachers but inspires others, and Polly Lim is a 16 year old - with a five year plan.

"I know what I want, and I know how I want to time my life."

After a study program in Washington last year as a freshman, Polly decided she wanted to go to college ... now.

"I'd just come back from D.C. with all these people who are a lot like me with learning and just things like that. And then, I came back to school, and I was like, 'Gosh, I feel like I'm missing something!"

The Assets School sophomore was recently accepted into Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts – a private school for gifted students coming out of 10th and 11th grade.

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Podcast: Melissa Lakes of the Shelbyville Achievement Center on dropout prevention | PBS Learning Matters:

Podcast: Melissa Lakes of the Shelbyville Achievement Center on dropout prevention | PBS Learning Matters: | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Melissa Lakes, who runs a focused program in Shelbyville, Indiana to combat dropping out, discusses how her program works with LM producer John Tulenko.
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New White Paper on Innovation in U.S. Education and the Common Core State Standards - The Sacramento Bee

New White Paper on Innovation in U.S. Education and the Common Core State Standards - The Sacramento Bee | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet's nonprofit arm, ConvergeUS, today unveils a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded white paper examining the tech sector perspectives about the Common Core State Standards for education at an event in Washington,...
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