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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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Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, Comes to Carpenter

Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, Comes to Carpenter | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Bella Thorne wowwed the students of Carpenter Community Charter when she came to speak to them at an assembly and told them of everything she had been through.

The Disney startlet of Shake it Up and other shows talked about her struggles with dyslexia and how it affected her studies.

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Education Innovators: Preaching (as Usual) to the Choir-The Chronicle of Higher Education

Education Innovators: Preaching (as Usual) to the Choir-The Chronicle of Higher Education | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Before him were 800 people, mostly educational entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors, who more than outnumbered the contingent of college administrators and educators at the conference, which is now in its third year.

This was an audience that buys into the notion that the higher-ed market is primed for disruption. Indeed, many of them are leading efforts to change course delivery and credentialing, and perhaps one day will displace established players.

“When other industries are disrupted, those who don’t innovate go out of business,” said Jennifer Fremont-Smith. “Higher ed shouldn’t be different.”

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U.S. Must Close Gap Between Graduate Schools, Employers to Stay Competitive, Spur Innovation

U.S. Must Close Gap Between Graduate Schools, Employers to Stay Competitive, Spur Innovation | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The nation's capacity to thrive depends critically on our ability to out-innovate, out-create and out-think the world," says Debra W. Stewart, President of CGS. "Our graduate schools are the place where high-potential people come together with talented faculty and develop the competencies to address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century."

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Gender:The Shocking Truth In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged.

Gender:The Shocking Truth In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

 

---One billion people live in extreme poverty—70% are women and girls.67 million children worldwide don’t go to school, over half are girls.

---One extra year of primary school can mean 10-20% higher wages for a girl.

---When a girl in the developing world stays in school for seven or more years, she’ll marry later and have fewer, healthier children."

 

This site links to the "Because I Am a Girl" initiative which is designed to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen communities.  http://www.planusa.org/becauseiamagirl/ ;


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Schools of the future? or The future of Schools? Project learning 101 at Winton Woods - Cincinnati.com

Schools of the future? or The future of Schools? Project learning 101 at Winton Woods - Cincinnati.com | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
PNationally, in the past decade, public and private schools have tried to inject more projects and problem-solving into education, said Jason Haap, an education consultant who lives in Mount Airy.

Few schools have gone as far as Winton Woods High School, which last fall opened its new Academy of Global Studies, a “school-within-a-school” that emphasizes international affairs while incorporating project-based learning in every subject.

On a recent visit to the academy, located in temporary classroom space next to the high school, the first freshmen were working in small groups, hunched over identical laptops. They were using electronic textbooks, researching on the Internet, or using presentation, design or project-management software. Several students showed how their software system grades students for each step of their assignment, not just on what they know but also on how creative they are and their work ethic.roject learning 101 at Winton WoodsCincinnati.comNew Tech also trains teachers to use technology and project-based learning techniques in schools that don't become New Tech high schools.

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Tips for Parents: Homeschooling Twice-Exceptional Children

Tips for Parents: Homeschooling Twice-Exceptional Children | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
It is important to make use of available support networks - find links to state and local homeschooling groups online. It is especially important to contact local homeschoolers because homeschooling regulations vary widely by state and people in your area are your best source of information for learning how the rules are actually implemented in your district.

If you find a local homeschooling group, they often have weekly gatherings, classes, field trips, etc. This is a great way to meet other homeschooling parents, who can give you moral support and practical advice. It may also be an excellent way to give your child some social opportunities.

There are email lists especially for homeschoolers with gifted children. GT-Spec-Home is a very low-volume list for families homeschooling gifted/special needs children.This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Meredith Warshaw, who discusses how homeschooling is often a good option for twice exceptional children because it allows for different levels of individual subjects to be taught.

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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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Yosemite High School senior MacKenzie Mitchell-Pluhar,| Overcomes learning differences earns Gold Award

Yosemite High School senior MacKenzie Mitchell-Pluhar,| Overcomes learning differences earns Gold Award | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Yosemite High School senior MacKenzie Mitchell-Pluhar, has been involved with the Girl Scouts since she joined her Daisy Troop in kindergarten. All her dedication to Scouting paid off April 14 at a luncheon in Visalia where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Award.

The award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, carries a special sense of accomplishment to the determined 18-year-old. She was diagnosed the same year she joined the Daisy Troop with Dyslexia, a neurological learning condition that makes it extremely difficult in recognizing and understanding written language leading to spelling and writing challenges. She was also legally blind at birth, a condition improved with eye glasses.

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Musings from the ASU Education Innovation Summit | FWD

Musings from the ASU Education Innovation Summit | FWD | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

This is a wonderful gathering of smart, passionate people intent on looking at solving the big problems in education.

But, the audience was missing something—namely teachers, students, and administrators. In my admittedly unscientific estimate, the audience contained less than 10% of practicing teachers or administrators. And, short of the students trying to get their startups off the ground, there were virtually no K-16 students. The conference naturally attracts entrepreneurs (I’m supposed to call them edupreneurs), technologists, venture capitalists, and corporate representatives, but to be truly successful, I’d like to see the organizers try to balance the equation. It would be nice to hear the counterpoint of teachers and students.

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Clemson University:a new approach to teaching and learning- Deep Orange is a multidisciplinary collaboration

Clemson University:a new approach to teaching and learning- Deep Orange is a multidisciplinary collaboration | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Deep Orange is far more than a groundbreaking design concept. It’s a whole new approach to teaching and learning. Deep Orange is a multidisciplinary collaboration that pulls in students from departments across the university. The experiences they gain are unique and set the stage for a career of innovation.

Ekandem said he “jumped at the chance” to work on Deep Orange when his academic adviser, Juan Gilbert, told him of the opportunity. His work on an “infotainment framework” for Deep Orange demonstrated to Intel he already had real-world experience developing in-car systems.

Collaboration with private sector and government partners is a cornerstone of the CU-ICAR program, and Deep Orange leaders collaborate with a wide spectrum of the automotive and motorsports industries.

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Top 20 Web Resources for geographic information systems in Education

This is a fantastic list of GIS education resources. 


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Red-shirting or How to succeed in kindergarten - Los Angeles Times

Red-shirting or How to succeed in kindergarten - Los Angeles Times | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Nationally, in the past decade, public and private schools have tried to inject more projects and problem-solving into education, said Jason Haap, an education consultant who lives in Mount Airy.

Few schools have gone as far as Winton Woods High School, which last fall opened its new Academy of Global Studies, a “school-within-a-school” that emphasizes international affairs while incorporating project-based learning in every subject.

On a recent visit to the academy, located in temporary classroom space next to the high school, the first freshmen were working in small groups, hunched over identical laptops. They were using electronic textbooks, researching on the Internet, or using presentation, design or project-management software. Several students showed how their software system grades students for each step of their assignment, not just on what they know but also on how creative they are and their work ethic.

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Student to student: A Letter to Another with a Different Kind of Mind | Rise Scholarship ...

Student to student: A Letter to Another with a Different Kind of Mind | Rise Scholarship ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Leah is a talented writer with a gift of expressing herself beautifully. She is graduating this spring from high school and headed to a large university in the fall. Below are her encouraging words and advice for students that have learning differences.

Leah is one of 5 winners of the 2012 RiSE Scholarship Awards.

Thanks Leah, for allowing us to share!Below are her encouraging words and advice for students that have learning differences. 

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