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It's never too early to think about thinking! NYC Kindergarten -3rd grade Curriculum Includes Neurology

It's never too early to think about thinking! NYC  Kindergarten -3rd grade Curriculum Includes Neurology | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Neurology informs the approach at a Manhattan institution founded by members of the Blue Man Group and their wives for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade...young children at the Blue School learn about what has been called “the amygdala hijack” — what happens to their brains when they flip out. Teachers try to get children into a “toward state,” in which they are open to new ideas. Periods of reflection are built into the day for students and teachers alike, because reflection helps executive function — the ability to process information in an orderly way, focus on tasks and exhibit self-control. Last year, the curriculum guide was amended to include the term “meta-cognition”: the ability to think about thinking.

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Atlantic Monthly: To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It

Atlantic Monthly: To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Good teachers typically are found in schools with good cultures. Experts say you can tell if a school is effective within five minutes of walking in. Students are orderly and respectful when changing classes; there's a steady hum of activity. Good school culture typically grows out of good leadership. Here as well, there are many variations of success. KIPP schools have a formula that includes, for students, longer hours and strict accountability to core values, and, for teachers, a cooperative role in developing school activities and pedagogy. David Brooks recently described a highly successful school in Brooklyn that abandons the teacher-in-front-of-class model in favor of collaborative learning. Students sit around larger tables trying to solve problems or discuss the task at hand. In every successful school, whatever its theory of education, a good culture sweeps everyone along, as if by a strong tide, towards common goals of discovery and learning.." | via The Atlantic


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Upcoming Events: College curriculum for students with LD

Upcoming Events: College curriculum for students with LD | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Since 1984, the College Internship Program (CIP) has expanded to locations across the US. CIP's comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge approach to developing real-world skills expands the foundation on which young adults with ASD and LD can build happy and productive lives. Open houses and training sessions - Learn more about Asperger's and LD college curriculum."

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Microsoft OneNote and Dyslexia

Microsoft OneNote and Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

We all know that if our notes and school work are organized, we can think more clearly and save time and frustration. So imagine how challenging it can often be for students with dyslexia to take good notes, which are essential to academic achievement. Many students with dyslexia report that they often don’t take notes because it’s just too hard.

One advantage that all note-takers have in the digital age is the opportunity to use tools, such as Microsoft OneNote, to make taking and organizing notes a lot easier. For students with dyslexia, OneNote has many features that can help students take notes faster and in different ways, stay organized, and meet literacy challenges, such as spelling and grammar.

Here are five ways that OneNote can help students with dyslexia take better notes:

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Here is another way to encourage active learning through the use of technology. Many students with learning difficulty have trouble with note taking and organising their information. the use of one note gives them a tool to manage their learning in a better way.

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Ohio targets learning gaps, a national disgrace and a public health crisis.

Ohio targets learning gaps, a national disgrace and a public health crisis. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
If nothing changes, black fifth-graders won’t be reading on par with white fifth-graders in Ohio for another 303 years, the state estimates.
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Left Handed Talents Scientific American

Left Handed Talents Scientific American | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

More lefties among dyslexics, music and math talent...

Fom Scientific American: "If by smarter you mean more talented in certain areas, left-handers may have an advantage. Left-handers’ brains are structured differently from right-handers’ in ways that can allow them to process language, spatial relations and emotions in more diverse and potentially creative ways.

 

Also, a slightly larger number of left-handers than right-handers are especially gifted in music and math. A study of musicians in professional orchestras found a significantly greater proportion of talented left-handers, even among those who played instruments that seem designed for right-handers, such as violins. Similarly, studies of adolescents who took tests to assess mathematical giftedness found many more left-handers in the population. The fact that mathematicians are often musical may not be a coincidence."

 

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Assistive Technology Spotlight – Texthelp Apps

Assistive Technology Spotlight – Texthelp Apps | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Students in schools and colleges who use Read&Write GOLD can use these Apps at school and at home. They’ll find familiar features, including Read Aloud with dual color highlighting, Dictionary, Translator, and Study Skills, anywhere, anytime.

One early user seems very enthusiastic: “I am beyond thrilled with the new Web Apps from Texthelp! These Apps provide students with full access to curriculum materials on revolutionary mobile devices. Our students will now be able to use the Apps directly on their iPads, in the classroom or media center, sitting in the beanbag chairs or wherever they want. They will not have to go sit at a big computer and look “different” than the other kids. The best part is that there are books on there that the kids want to read. It’s not just the classroom novel or textbook and that has made a huge difference for their independent reading books.We are happy to feature innovative new assistive technologies in this blog. Today, we want to tell you about a Web App from Texthelp, eBook Reader, that reads Bookshare books in the Cloud. eBook Re...


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The politics of Education: Mayor Frank Jackson, teachers union make progress on bipartisan Ed reform bill

The politics of Education: Mayor Frank Jackson, teachers union make progress on bipartisan Ed reform bill | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, teachers union make progress on school reforms The bill’s sponsors, Rep. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat; Rep. Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican; Sen. Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat; and Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Kettering Republican, hope to pass the measure before recess in May. ...Plain Dealer...

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Irish Minister Launches Dyslexia Awareness Campaign | eGov monitor | The Information Daily

Irish Minister Launches Dyslexia Awareness Campaign | eGov monitor | The Information Daily | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness amongst staff of the support available within the workplace to deal with dyslexia. The TSSA awareness raising campaign is supported by the Department for Employment and Learning’s Union Learning Fund.

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Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning | Mindflash

Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning | Mindflash | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Visually see the differences between asynchronous e-learning and synchronous e-learning practices.


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TEDx Pat Bassett - Importance of supporting innovation in Schools of the Future

Patrick F. Bassett became the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS www.nais.org) in August 2001. NAIS, a membership organizatio...

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Algebra 1 Common Core App Named an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards

Algebra 1 Common Core App Named an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1 Common Core, the world’s first-ever core math curriculum app for the Apple iPad®, engages students in ways that traditional education cannot. Using the iPad, students watch engaging video tutorials, swipe through pages, get hints and walk through complex problems at home or on the go. The revolutionary platform encourages the use of personalized lesson plans by combining direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention in one easy-to-use suite of tools.

Results of a yearlong pilot program at the Amelia Earhart Middle School in California's Riverside Unified School District were recently released, showing the significant impact the app had on students’ test scores and overall levels of math proficiency.

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Don't miss this if you are in the National Capitol area! The Lab School of Washington ~Lecture Series

Don't miss this if you are in the National Capitol area! The Lab School of Washington ~Lecture Series | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

*NEW LECTURE* The Dyslexic Advantage
4/18/2012
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Brock Eide, MD, MA
Co-Director of Eide NueroLearning Clinic, Everett, WA
Co-Author with his wife and partner Frenette Eide, MD or The Dyslexic Advantage and The Mislabeled Child

This talk, which is appropriate for both professional and non-professional audiences, will review how dyslexics process information in advantageous ways, and will discuss ways to understand, foster, and take advantage of unique dyslexic strengths.

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2nd semester crunch time: Most Downloaded Articles on Learning and Individual Differences

2nd semester crunch time: Most Downloaded Articles on Learning and Individual Differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
The most downloaded Learning and Individual Differences articles from SciVerse ScienceDirect in the last 90 days.
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Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics

Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"These really are a great ways to visualize data. And believe it or not, you don't have to be a graphic designer to create them. All it takes is some data you want to visualize and knowing where to go to create them. Here are a few of my favorite sites and tools to use when creating infographics."


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This might work!!On to round two, in Columbus, for Cleveland's school reform plan: editorial

This might work!!On to round two, in Columbus, for Cleveland's school reform plan: editorial | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"They did it. And they did it right. Now they need a strong assist from lawmakers and state school board members (that means you, former U.S. Rep. Mary Rose Oakar).
After weeks of negotiations on Cleveland's daring school reform plan, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke reached a deal late last week. Each side gave a little to give students a lot.Cleveland teachers, Mayor Frank Jackson and students all won in round one of the fight to reform Cleveland's schools. The Ohio General Assembly is round two, The Plain Dealer editorial board writes."

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Check out: 7 min Case study: 'Dyslexia in a Gifted Child' by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

Gifted children with dyslexia may get by in school because of strong higher order thinking skills that allow them to comprehend longer passages, but they may still have problems with single word decoding and writing...

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Career academies: Why choose between liberal arts and career education? Students can have both!

Career academies: Why choose between liberal arts and career education?  Students can have both! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Many high schools across the country and here in North Carolina are adopting an education model, known as “Career Academies,” which integrates rigorous academics with career technical education and real world work-based learning experiences. These multi-year programs are developed around a particular industry theme so the classes are taught through the lens of that industry sector and allow students to gain hands-on experience in that field. These programs do not require students to choose a “college track” or a “career track.” Rather, they allow students to prepare for both.

Here in Charlotte, we have the Academy of Engineering program in five high schools – the highest concentration in the country. They learn in the classroom how core subjects, such as algebra, are used in the engineering field. And they then see those “academics” in action in the real world through internships and job shadowing.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/15/3173059/career-academies-are-good-education.html#storylink=cpy

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TED Offers Free Video Lessons for High School and College Students

TED Offers Free Video Lessons for High School and College Students | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Ted-ED, the educational wing of the TED Talks has launched a new series of videos, designed specifically to teach high school and college students.  I've found these incredibly helpful and a marvelous resource.  To see TED-ED's youtube channel visit: http://www.youtube.com/tededucation


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Political battles rage in USA; Who speaks for kids? Mayor's Work On Schools Gets a Backer -WSJ

Political battles rage in USA; Who speaks for kids? Mayor's Work On Schools Gets a Backer -WSJ | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

United Federation of Teachers Mayor's Work On Schools Gets a Backer Wall Street JournalBy LISA FLEISHER

"Some of the most recognizable names in New York City education—including former schools Chancellor Joel Klein and educator Geoffrey Canada—have formed... a group that will work to sustain Mayor Michael Bloomberg's school-reform efforts after he leaves office.

StudentsFirstNY, an offshoot of a national organization hatched by former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, is designed as a political counterweight to teachers unions, organizers said in announcing the group Wednesday.

"We are very worried that the teachers unions are really pushing that this time period, the Bloomberg time period, be thought of as over, and now we…get back to business as usual," said Mr. Canada, head of the Harlem Children's Zone, which won fame in the 2010 documentary "Waiting for 'Superman.'"

Indeed, the United Federation of Teachers has been framing Mr. Bloomberg's tenure in City Hall as a lost decade for education, and other groups already are trying to look beyond his term. After winning control of city schools in 2002, Mr. Bloomberg has pushed to close poor-performing schools, open charter schools and end teacher job protections.

"People are praying, let's put it that way, that the Bloomberg administration and their destructive policies toward our schools are over," said Leonie Haimson, director of Class Size Matters, which fights many Bloomberg policies.

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5 min video animation: Malcom McLean inventor of Containerization that Shaped Globalization

Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove...

 

The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, facilitated the era within which we live today. 


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I always enjoyed TED videos. What really struck me was the opening sentence of the video, "everything is everywhere these days." This is so true in so many ways. The video uses different examples that you can find in different stores from places all over the world. How many things can you could in your bedroom that says "Made in China" or some other place other than the US? This is very common as we all know. Products and goods come from all over the world and even over seas. This is a process that we call globalization. However, the video introduces a process called containerization. This process saves an ample amount of time for the workers. The process was a success. "shrinking the world and enlarging human choice."

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:48 PM

Globalization has connected the world in such a way that we hadn't thought possible. This idea has created rising economies all over the world and has made transport of goods and services move faster and continues to increase this rate with advances in technology. Containerization is a staple of globalization and without it, none of these products would be able to get from country to country. In essence it has developed the world of import and exports. To add to this success, globalization has also created jobs and communities which revolve heavily around the transport of goods. It saves time by using massive containers to move goods and it creates opportunities in places where it had not been possible before. 

Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca's curator insight, May 27, 3:45 AM

I believe this video is very interesting. It tells us that everything we have today is thanks to globalization and the reason we have it so fast is because of shipping containers! In the video it told me that before my time it was impossible to get swordfish from Japan or cheeses from France, but now thanks to globalization it is all possible. Globalization is even behind the reason how our phones were made! 

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What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
To me, 21st century sustainability leadership is about courage, creativity and faith in people. It is a values-based leadership.

Sustainability opportunities and challenges are so complex, both of global scale and yet deeply rooted in people's cultures and beliefs, that tomorrow's leaders will need four core qualities to achieve success:

• systems thinking to identify paradigms driving change

• mediation skills to facilitate knowledge sharing, ensure stakeholders' ownership and foster innovation

• vision rooted in community service and ethical behaviour

• decisiveness in ever changing environments with blurred boundaries

To me, 21st century leadership is about leading with the heart and to serve rather than rule.Members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Future Leaders team respond to the video below and tell us what they think makes a 21st century leader...


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Flipped Learning: A Response to Five Common Criticisms by Alan November

Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning
method has created quite a stir. Some argue that
this teaching method will completely transform
education, while others say it is simply an
opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new
locations.


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Huff. Post Arts Education Blog: Arts Education: Why Is It Important?

Huff. Post Arts Education Blog: Arts Education: Why Is It Important? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Our next generation will need to be complex problem solvers. As the world changes and accelerates, with innovation happening at incredible speeds, we need to arm our students with ways to analyze, synthesize and express themselves. Improvisation becomes a tool that will enable them to respond to their complex and ever-changing world. Arts education provides students these tools and will help them throughout their academic life and beyond. As the arts are continually cut in schools and communities, the private sector needs to respond and find ways to fund these important programs. The arts serve as a way to both bond and celebrate communities."

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Tony Wagner: WSJ essay 'How Schools Can Teach Innovation'

Tony Wagner: WSJ essay 'How Schools Can Teach Innovation' | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don't penalize failure. Tony Wagner on preparing students for the 21st-century economy.

"Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of innovators and their parents, teachers and employers. What I learned is that young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it."

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