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Helping our students thrive in a high-tech environment - The Hill's Congress Blog

Helping our students thrive in a high-tech environment - The Hill's Congress Blog | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Last month, President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair to celebrate students from across America who excel in the study of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Importance of Phonics screening: sense and sensibility

Importance of  Phonics screening: sense and sensibility | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

It’s possible to learn some words by rote, even if you don’t know how letters and sounds go together, but in order to have a strategy for decoding novel words, you need the phonics skills.
Sure, English is an irritatingly irregular language, so phonics doesn’t always give you the right answer, but without phonics, you have no strategy for approaching an unfamiliar word.

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Recognizing The Signs Of Dyslexia - an article for parents

Recognizing The Signs Of Dyslexia - an article for parents | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Have you worried about how your child is doing in school? Have you had the feeling that something just wasn’t right? Have you been told by teachers, tutors, and school professionals that your child is probably just a “late bloomer.” Perhaps no one can put their finger on exactly why your child is struggling. If this scenario sounds familiar, you might be dealing with a child that has dyslexia. The word ‘dyslexia’ literally means trouble with language. And the way this manifests itself is through difficulty reading, spelling, writing, and even sometimes with finding the right words to verbally communicate a thought or idea.

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In order to succeed, "Fail early, fail often, fail forward"

In order to succeed, "Fail early, fail often, fail forward" | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Success stories are celebrated, discussed and rewarded, but failures unfortunately are ignored by organizations across the globe.
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These boys are the voice of dyslexia in Singapore. Blogging for Myself: The Gift of Dyslexia

These boys are the voice of dyslexia in Singapore. Blogging for Myself: The Gift of Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

These boys have brought so much joy to the homes of so many families here :-) Pearly sent me my first video of this pair yesterday and guess what? I am reading about them in AsiaOne today.

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Adoption and Learning Differences: What to know and what to expect

Adoption and Learning Differences: What to know and what to expect | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Webinar from @CASEadopt: #Adoption and Learning Differences: What to know and what to expect-http://ow.ly/a1HiE...
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Can we believe this??!! Really?? Next step in education reform could be schools grading parents

Can we believe this??!! Really?? Next step in education reform could be schools grading parents | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Education reform has focused on grading teachers and schools based on students' performance.  It seems that schools are fed up with taking all the blame and hav...
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Dyslexia at MIT: Most common learning difference!

Dyslexia at MIT: Most common learning difference! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The ability to read has long been linked in society's mind to intelligence, but dyslexia is surprisingly common at MIT, to such an extent that the founder of the MIT Media Lab and the One Laptop per Child Association, Nicholas Negroponte (a dyslexic himself), called it the MIT disease in his autobiography. Recent research has found that dyslexia is not related to IQ. It is, however, the most common learning disability, at MIT and elsewhere, affecting between 5% and 20% of the population.

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A series of short video loops : Orlando Bloom on Dyslexia

A series of short video loops : Orlando Bloom on Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
A Conversation with Orlando Bloom and Harold S.
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The billion $ question for $Arne Duncan: Why has testing become the driver in school reform?

The billion $ question for $Arne Duncan: Why has testing become the driver in school reform? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Here is a post to start off the month of April from Peter Smagorinsky, distinguished research professor of English education at the University of Georgia.
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NYT Magazine: Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

NYT Magazine: Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
What science tells us about the incredible shrinking childhood.

Now most researchers seem to agree on one thing: Breast budding in girls is starting earlier. The debate has shifted to what this means. Puberty, in girls, involves three events: the growth of breasts, the growth of pubic hair and a first period. Typically the changes unfold in that order, and the proc­ess takes about two years. But the data show a confounding pattern. While studies have shown that the average age of breast budding has fallen significantly since the 1970s, the average age of first period, or menarche, has remained fairly constant, dropping to only 12.5 from 12.8 years. Why would puberty be starting earlier yet ending more or less at the same time?

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Myths About Dyslexia | Child Mind Institute

Myths About Dyslexia | Child Mind Institute | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Debunking certain myths about dyslexia http://t.co/1tbRG4hn...
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Why David Brooks Almost Gets School Reform Right - Huffington Post

Why David Brooks Almost Gets School Reform Right - Huffington Post | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
"Since people learn from people they love," he writes in the same column, "education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student. By insisting on constant informal contact and by preserving that contact year after year, The New American Academy has the potential to create richer, mentorlike or even familylike relationships for students who are not rich in those things."

Amen, Mr. Brooks.

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10 minute video: Philip Schultz Reads from My Dyslexia - YouTube

10 minute video: Philip Schultz Reads from My Dyslexia - YouTube | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of My Dyslexia, Philip Schultz, reads from his book at the National Center for Learning Disabilities "Celebrating Our Schools" Luncheon. Visit www.ncld.org for more insightful ...
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Education Reform: Why a Bachelor's Degree Still Matters

Education Reform: Why a Bachelor's Degree Still Matters | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
It would be truly unfortunate if twenty years from now we woke up to the realization that U.S. prominence in the world's economy had dropped even farther from where it stood today, because we made the mistake of shortchanging our educational systems.
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+ Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia: It’s Never Too Late

+  Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia: It’s Never Too Late | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

It is often assumed that students above the third or fourth grade have acquired sufficient decoding skills and that the struggles they continue to have are simply related to comprehension difficulties. But older dyslexic students still have problems with word recognition. Because they haven’t benefitted from years of reading and targeted instruction, they are often held back by lack of vocabulary, background knowledge and this is a huge component of their comprehension difficulties.

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Hayley Groff's curator insight, December 8, 2013 8:45 PM

Like Allison Swartz, she didn't find out about her dyslexia until she was 20. 

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Helping Children Thrive with LD/ADHD | Psychology Today

Helping Children Thrive with LD/ADHD | Psychology Today | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Fostering a positive mindset for kids with learning differences By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D....
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New Jersey parents join forces for rights of dyslexic children - Philadelphia Inquirer

New Jersey parents join forces for rights of dyslexic children - Philadelphia Inquirer | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
New Jersey parents join forces for rights of dyslexic childrenPhiladelphia InquirerShe is an activist for the dyslexic.
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Autism Awareness In April Draws Attention To A National Epidemic - 1330 WFIN

Autism Awareness In April Draws Attention To A National Epidemic - 1330 WFIN | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
IBNLive.comAutism Awareness In April Draws Attention To A National Epidemic1330 WFINApril is Autism Awareness Month and the Center For Autism and Dyslexia In Findlay will be busy promoting their cause.
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State funds will allow Leominster, Fitchburg to plan innovative schools - Sentinel & Enterprise

State funds will allow Leominster, Fitchburg to plan innovative schools - Sentinel & Enterprise | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
LEOMINSTER -- Leominster High Schools Center for Technical Education needs a makeover for the 21st century, according to Schools Superintendent James R.The innovation schools are similar in concept to charter schools, said Secretary of Education Paul Reville.

Except they are in-district schools so municipalities do not lose state aid as they do when students leave to attend charter schools.

Each Innovation School is expected to provide inventive strategies and creative approaches to education and have more freedoms to work outside of the normal public school rubric.

Patrick signed the Achievement Gap Act in January 2010, which includes creation of innovation schools to act like in-district charter schools.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/local/ci_20302588/state-funds-will-allow-leominster-fitchburg-plan-innovative#ixzz1qqWEtgYk

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New 2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Gra

New 2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Gra | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 30,2012 - 2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Grants

The U.S. Department of Education released the 2012 notice inviting applications for new “Scale-up” and “Validation” grants available through the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund.

“This next round of i3 projects will build on the fund’s growing portfolio of promising education programs that help close achievement gaps, personalize learning, and accelerate student achievement,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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What role does Tenure play in student achievment? CT Reform Bill Stripped of Tenure, Teacher Eval Provisions

What role does Tenure play in student achievment? CT Reform Bill Stripped of Tenure, Teacher Eval Provisions | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
SB 24: A legislative committee has neutered key parts of Governor Malloy’s education reform bill relating to tenure and evaluations.
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The Abilities of Those with Reading Disabilities - Thomas West

The Abilities of Those with Reading Disabilities - Thomas West | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The first description of dyslexia occurred in 1896, when a headmaster reported that a student woud be the "smartest lad in the school" if the instruction were entirely oral. Since that time, experts have recognized the real challenges as well as talents associated with dyslexia.


Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
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usethebrainsgodgiveyou's comment, April 1, 2012 4:35 AM
Things haven't changed. This is interesting.
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How will severe dyslexia affect my child’s life?

How will severe dyslexia affect my child’s life? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
News from the web: How Dylexia affects a child’s life is largely proportionate to the way they are taught to view themselves and the disorder.
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SAT Reforms May Have Negative Impact on Students, Counselors Say

SAT Reforms May Have Negative Impact on Students, Counselors Say | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Students who take the SAT and ACT will soon be required to upload photos of themselves when they register for the college entrance exams.
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