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'A Nation at Risk' Turns 30: Where Did It Take Us? | NEA Today

'A Nation at Risk' Turns 30: Where Did It Take Us? | NEA Today | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
A Nation at Risk found that an “incoherent, outdated patchwork quilt” of classroom learning led to an increasing number of students who were subjected to a “cafeteria style curriculum” that diluted the course material and ...
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We have had lots of 'at risk learners' for longer than thirty years! It was 50 years ago April 1963 that Dr. Samuel Kirk first coined the term 'Learning Disabilities" and about 40 years ago the first federal legislation supporting special education was enacted. Can anyone tell me what is taking so long???--Lou

 

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.."On April 26, 1983, President Ronald Reagan stood before the press and television cameras in the State Dining Room at the White House and held up a report titled A Nation at Risk. Eighteen months in the making and written by the blue-ribbon members of the National Commission on Excellence in Education at the behest of Secretary of Education Terrel Bell, the report examined the quality of education in the United States—and the findings were anything but stellar.

“Our nation is at risk,” the report boldly declared in its first sentence.

Over its next 36 pages, A Nation at Risk lambasted the state of America’s schools and called for a host of much-needed reforms to right the alarming direction that public education was seen to be headed.

“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war,” the report said. “As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.”....."

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Reimagine School: Lawrence School Blog @lawrenceschool @Gyli_Matt_Nink 

Reimagine School: Lawrence School Blog @lawrenceschool @Gyli_Matt_Nink  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Facts about the condition of the planet and what we can do to reduce our ecological footprint and limit the amount of garbage being landfilled are taught with this multisensory approach in mind. By replacing the textbook cause-and-effect model with hands-on activities and projects, we enable our students to develop a deeper connection and sense of responsibility for the natural world.  

At the Upper School, several multisensory initiatives are in place to help students examine the relationship between humanity and the environment, and more will be added soon with the recent completion of our greenhouse facility.
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Ms. Nieves-Caraballo writes a thoughtful blog about the importance of "acting locally and thinking globally"! She advises Lawrence's Chapter of the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI). Her  students built and currently maintain a compost system on the Upper School campus grounds.Kudos!-Lou
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6 College Students Share Accommodations That Help Them Succeed @lawrenceschool @cdcowen Succeed @E2ENational

6 College Students Share Accommodations That Help Them Succeed @lawrenceschool @cdcowen Succeed @E2ENational | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Colleges are required by law to provide accommodations to students who qualify. Here, six students in the Eye to Eye mentoring network share accommodations that helped them succeed in college. (Also, be sure to look at this list of college supports and services to see what else may be available.)
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Our own Macy! Lawrence High School '14! 
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How to Turn on Text to Speech on Your Mobile Device - YouTube @ATDyslexia @bnpowers @lawrenceschool @understoodOrg

Did you know that nearly every mobile device offers text-to-speech? In other words, your phone can actually read to you what’s displaying on the screen. For kids with reading issues, this can be extremely helpful in everything from doing research for school to browsing social media.

Watch as assistive technology expert Jamie Martin walks you through how to turn on text to speech on various mobile phones (both iPhone and Android). It’s much simpler than you may think!

Then learn more about text to speech and other assistive technology tools on Understood.org.
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I use my phone frequently to read or dictate! Thank you Jamie Martin for a clear 'how to' instructional video in 3 minutes!!--Lou 
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Head of School Announcement - Congratulations to Doug Hamilton! @lsalza @lawrenceschool 

Head of School Announcement - Congratulations to Doug Hamilton! @lsalza @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Dear Lawrence School Community,
 
On behalf of the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Douglas Hamilton as Lawrence School's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. The Board was unanimous in its support of the Search Committee's enthusiastic recommendation of Doug following an extensive and highly competitive search process that began last January.
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Congratulations to Doug Hamilton who is no stranger to the Lawrence community, having positively impacted countless students and families as an educator and administrator at the school for nearly three decades. He first joined the school's faculty in 1989 before being elevated to his current position as Director of Admission in 2000. During his time at Lawrence, Doug has developed a comprehensive understanding of learning differences, the needs of diverse learners, and our school curriculum. Additionally, as a member of the Lawrence Executive and Leadership councils, Doug has had an important voice in critical decisions that have led to our school's impressive progress in recent years.--Lou
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Reading to Rewire @janeachilders @cdcowen @lawrenceschool

Reading to Rewire @janeachilders @cdcowen @lawrenceschool | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Reading with parents and caregivers — key to building literacy skills and a love of reading in every child — may be particularly valuable for children at risk for developing dyslexia. New research reveals that strong home literacy practices may actually reshape the brains of such children by creating new neural pathways for reading. With family support, these children may be able to develop alternative networks that help them decode and comprehend words on a page.

The Research 
Dyslexia, the most common reading disability, affects between 5 and 10 percent of the population. It’s largely hereditary; about half of kids with a familial risk (an older sibling or parent with dyslexia) develop the disorder. The question for neuroscientist Nadine Gaab and her team at Boston Children’s Hospital is why do only 50 percent develop it — and are there ways to lessen that percentage even further?
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Reading aloud, at home, playing word and rhyming games; singing the alphabet song have been and remain the best way to build a foundation for literacy--Lou
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School Consortium Proposes a Better Transcript @slooney @lawrenceschool 

School Consortium Proposes a Better Transcript @slooney @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Scott Looney, head at the Hawken School in Cleveland since 2006, is an advocate for advanced student-centered and authentic learning. He knew there was a better way to signal student success but realized it was both a supply and demand problem--high schools needed to update the transcript and colleges needed to agree to accept the new evidence of learning.

Looney launched the Mastery Transcript Consortium (@MastTranscript) in 2017. The new nonprofit started by defining the problem: current transcripts mark time not learning--they value information regurgitation over making meaning, disciplines over integration, extrinsic over intrinsic rewards, and encourage grade inflation. The whole charade is based on the premise that grades are replicable, validated and meaningful.
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The traditional high school transcript is both broken and obsolete.  Lawrence School is excited and proud to be a member of the MTC! -Lou
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Diegnan & "Learning Ally" Work together to Provide Audiobooks for Dyslexic Students @Learning_Ally @lawrenceschool 

Diegnan & "Learning Ally" Work together to Provide Audiobooks for Dyslexic Students @Learning_Ally @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.(D-18) today touted a state budget resolution he sponsored that will appropriate $1.5 million dollars for 6,002 New Jersey public school students across the state with disabilities, such as dyslexia, who will have access to a critical accommodation—accessible human-narrated audiobooks.

 

“An unperceived plight of our education system is too many children with reading disabilities like dyslexia go either unidentified or receive ineffective assistance,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “With these additional resources, we can help dyslexics learn to read proficiently and to leverage audiobooks and other aids to enrich and improve their learning while building their self-confidence and self-image.”

 

With the school year commencing, national statistics say that up to 1 in 5 students will have a learning difference. That equates to about 10 million K-12 students nationally who have trouble reading print content, according to Learning Ally, a non-profit organization that helps students with print disabilities such as blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia. The organization offers programs to improve the way students learn at home and in the classroom.
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Kudos to Sen. Diegan and Learning Ally!--Lou
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Reimagine School: A Lawrence School Blog

Reimagine School: A Lawrence School Blog | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
All my life I‘ve felt denied – by school, teachers, and peers.
But Lawrence has helped me see the world bright and clear.
Here, I feel valued and accepted.
For me and my fellow seniors, our future is near.

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Student poetry--Powerful and Poignant. Meet Meg '18, heart of a Lion!
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Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."
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When letter grades get an F @HawkenSchool @lawrenceschool @CRGLaurelSchool 

When letter grades get an F @HawkenSchool @lawrenceschool @CRGLaurelSchool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Hawken's head of school D. Scott Looney hates letter grades so much that he's building a national movement to get rid of them.

Looney, whose school boasts campuses in Lyndhurst and Gates Mills, has put together a coalition of more than 100 of the nation's most-powerful private schools pushing for a dramatic redesign of the standard college transcript that has been in use for well over a century. This, too, is much more than a meeting of the minds, but rather a well-financed, well-connected and deeply passionate group of educators who believe they have what it takes to unwind a century's worth of educational pedagogy.

Dramatic? Yes, but that's entirely the point.

"When I finally shuffle out of the educational business into retirement or death, I want to know I tried to fix the system because it's broken," Looney said. "It's hurting kids, and it's unhealthy."
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"The public purpose of private education is to be the vanguard — laboratory schools — for what really floats the boat. Across the country, independent schools have been innovators." Mr. Salza was recently quoted in this Crain's Cleveland Business article about the Mastery Transcript Consortium. Lawrence is proud to stand with Hawken School and Laurel School - and with more than 100 independent schools nationwide - at the forefront of this important conversation!
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Research Institute for Learning and Development Awarded $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation

Research Institute for Learning and Development Awarded $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. ResearchILD, an internationally recognized educational research organization, develops educational programs for children, adults, and adolescents with learning and attention differences. ResearchILD was chosen from more than 370 applicants during a competitive review process by the Cummings Foundation. The grant will be used to support the SMARTS Executive Function and Mentoring Program as part of the “After the Bell” program at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, MA.
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Congratulations to @ILD_Strategies 
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Dealing With Dyslexia, Starting With One Family's Battle For A Diagnosis

Dealing With Dyslexia, Starting With One Family's Battle For A Diagnosis | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Most schools in Massachusetts don't screen for dyslexia, even though experts say diagnosing the learning disability early is the key to successful interventions.

Instead, many districts wait until a child shows obvious signs of trouble reading or writing. Some advocates say by then, it's too late.

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While early identification and intervention is always best; it is never too late to initiate evaluation and appropriate programming to address reading challenges. --Lou
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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board (EdSurge News)

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board (EdSurge News) | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
You know that old interview question: What would change in education if you had a magic wand? For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. “’They’re more authentic, more meaningful, and more logical,” he explains. “They just make sense.”

Looney is the mastermind behind the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC), an organization made up of over 100 private schools. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow.
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The future is almost here! --Lou
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Lawrence Lower School Library Dedicated in Honor of Children's Author www.VanitaBooks.com @lawrenceschool #dyslexia

Lawrence Lower School Library Dedicated in Honor of Children's Author www.VanitaBooks.com @lawrenceschool #dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Childrens' author Vanita Oelschlager, who is also a Lawrence alumni grandmother, spent time with Lower School students on Oct. 25, sharing her wonderful collection of books.

One of her best-selling books, "Knees: The Mixed Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia" is actually dedicated to the students of Lawrence School.

As a part of the visit, the Lower School library was formally named the "James and Vanita Oelschlager Library" in appreciation of the couple's generous support of the school and Vanita's contributions to children's literature.
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As a children’s author, Vanita addresses topics of importance to children and parents and takes children and parents on a journey to identify and develop their strengths without allowing them to be completely defined by a problem or a struggle. In Vanita’s stories, labels inform—but do not define characters. Her illustrations are whimsical, her texts convey messages of hope, encouragement and resilience. At Lawrence we feel privileged to call her our friend. --Lou
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Experts lambaste French dyslexia study claiming to have found cause, cure @lawrenceschool @cdcowen #dyslexia

Experts lambaste French dyslexia study claiming to have found cause, cure @lawrenceschool @cdcowen #dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Siedenberg’s scathing blog post in Language Log heaped criticism onto the study, claiming it contained a remarkable number of errors, lack of information and poor science.

Several reasons he believes the study is substandard include:

Thirty students in each group is too few to make any kind of conclusion.
Basic information comparing the two groups was not provided – such as handedness, language background, nonverbal IQ measurements, measures of spoken language such as vocabulary comprehension.
There was no testing to determine that the students were actually dyslexic – they were only described as having poorer reading skills than one would expect.
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Dyslexics represent complex nuero-diversity. It is not a disease; therefore we seek is no "cure"!  Dyslexics have a print challenge and there are ways around and through those challenges that take time, practice and engagement of well prepared teachers, committed students and parents.  The are high standards for research design which so many so called "cures" and "treatments" for dyslexia consistently fail to meet. Simply toss this one out on the ash heap with the  'brain-SCAMS', colored lenses, visual training, 'Cog-MUD' and  so many other expensive, wasteful, inaccurate  treatments recommended for students who suffer from obsolete school and curriculum design. --Lou 
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How to Be a C.E.O., From a Decade’s Worth of Them

How to Be a C.E.O., From a Decade’s Worth of Them | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
People often try to crack the code for the best path to becoming a chief executive. Do finance people have an edge over marketers? How many international postings should you have? A variety of experiences is good, but at what point does breadth suggest a lack of focus?

It’s a natural impulse. In this age of Moneyball and big data, why not look for patterns?

The problem is that the world doesn’t really work that way. There are too many variables, many of them beyond your control, including luck, timing and personal chemistry.

The career trajectories of the C.E.O.s I’ve interviewed are so varied that spotting trends is difficult, and a surprising number of the executives do not fit the stereotype of the straight-A student and class president who seemed destined to run a big company someday. I’ve met C.E.O.s who started out in theater, music and teaching. Others had surprisingly low grades in school.
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Fascinating article about the complexity and diversity of effective leadership--Lou
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Why Audiobooks? - Diana Kennedy @lawrenceschool @benfoss @cdcowen @bnpowers

Why Audiobooks? - Diana Kennedy @lawrenceschool @benfoss @cdcowen @bnpowers | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Supporting this dyslexia-friendly understanding of reading is a burgeoning understanding of dyslexia itself as being not so much a “learning” disorder, as a “print” disorder.  As I have mentioned in previous posts,  Dr. David Rose points out that all learning disabilities are in truth a function of normal human neurodiversity in a specific context that fits badly.  In the case of dyslexia, the disability resides in part in the print.  Seen through this lens, audio books are a logical and easy piece of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach focused on giving diverse learners access to content.
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Thank you Ben Foss for teaching us that there are 3 ways to read: eye,ear, and finger reading and that dyslexia is not a learning issue but an issue with print and written language.--Lou  
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Community Education Learning Differences: Neither a Gift nor a Curse:  A Conversation with Lou Salza in his Final Year as Head of @lawrenceschool

Community Education Learning Differences: Neither a Gift nor a Curse:  A Conversation with Lou Salza in his Final Year as Head of @lawrenceschool | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Parents of children with learning differences know that myths related to learning, memory and attention are prevalent and pervasive. This presentation is designed to: 

-Examine persistent learning myths that interfere in understanding children with learning differences 

-Discuss the benefits of leveraging strengths and affirming academic challenges 

-Provide framework for supporting the needs of children with learning differences, in and out of school.


Lou is the Head of School at Lawrence School in Northeast Ohio. Lawrence School serves students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, and attention deficit disorders, like ADHD, in grades K-12. The school has two campus locations in Broadview Heights (grades K-6) and Sagamore Hills (grades 7-12).


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Parents of children with learning differences know that myths related to learning, memory and attention are prevalent and pervasive. This presentation is designed to: -Examine persistent learning myths that interfere in understanding children with learning differences -Discuss the benefits of leveraging strengths and affirming academic challenges -Provide framework for supporting the needs of children with learning differences, in and out of school. See you there!--Lou
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An evocative piece  by @AnnKlotz ‏ @CRGLaurelSchool  Looking for White Deer | Thread 

An evocative piece  by @AnnKlotz ‏ @CRGLaurelSchool  Looking for White Deer | Thread  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
When I was in fourth grade, I had to leave the science movie about a starving deer herd. As I sobbed in the company of the school secretary, she comforted me, murmuring that I was sensitive. Years later, I listened to a student explain that one deer fed his whole family for the weekend.  I relented slightly in the face of practicality and poverty, but I remain sensitive and deer-crazed.  Fawns represent hope. And white deer, my favorite, represent wonder.

In Native American culture, all-white animals of any species are considered sacred. For me, white deer feel inexplicable, exquisite. DNA or genetic mutations seem too rational an explanation for their beauty.  In the times I have been fortunate to see them, I’ve felt transformed, too, as if I have born witness to something rare, the way I felt when I held one of my babies in my arms for the very first time.  Awe and wonder.
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Anne is Headmistress of @CRGLaurelSchool a close friend and excellent colleague as well as a keen observer of the human condition.  -Lou
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Reimagine School: A Lawrence School Blog @lawrenceschool 

Reimagine School: A Lawrence School Blog @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The compass is a constant reminder of how, as a faculty, we are not only responsible for leading engaging and meaningful lessons in our classrooms, but shaping and developing young adults into kind and courageous humans.Traits such as compassion, advocacy, and integrity represent three of the eight qualities we aim to instill in our students when they leave our campus.


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The compass is a constant reminder of how, as a faculty, we are not only responsible for leading engaging and meaningful lessons in our classrooms, but shaping and developing young adults into kind and courageous humans.
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Assistive Technology to Help Students Succeed This Year @ATDyslexia @lawrenceschool

Assistive Technology to Help Students Succeed This Year @ATDyslexia @lawrenceschool | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Find out which assistive technology tools can address your child’s specific needs in this live expert chat.

Jamie Martin Assistive Technology Consultant and Trainer Thu Sep 07 at 12:00pm ET

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Jamie Martin Assistive Technology Consultant and Trainer 
 Thu Sep 07 at 12:00pm ET 
 Are you searching for the right assistive technology (AT) for your child? 
Join this expert chat with Jamie Martin, AT consultant and trainer, to find out which AT tools might address your child’s specific needs and challenges this year. 

 Simply go to live.understood.org at the time of the chat.
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Six Secrets to Private Schools' Success, and How Public Schools Can Steal Them @lawrenceschool 

Six Secrets to Private Schools' Success, and How Public Schools Can Steal Them @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
In the end, there are fewer essential differences between public and private schools than one might expect. They are all ultimately teaching and learning communities. The best public school administrators already know how to create small pockets of flexibility for key initiatives like these, which are everyday practice at private schools. It is time for our districts and school boards to take note and help create more such opportunities.
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Gov. Dan Malloy #MyYoungerSelf great message!  @lawrenceschool 

We asked Dan Malloy what he would tell his younger self about his struggles with mental health. Here’s what he said! Check back to see who’s message we’l
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Opinion | Ending the Curse of Remedial Math

Opinion | Ending the Curse of Remedial Math | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it


"CUNY Start holds some clues on how to solve an education crisis. Nationwide, only 35 percent of those who start community college receive any form of credential within six years. At urban community colleges, the six-year graduation rate is only 16 percent. ....


The biggest academic stumbling blocks are remedial math and English courses. More than two-thirds of community college students must take at least one such class, and there they languish. Only a third of those referred to remedial math, and less than half those who take remedial reading, pass. Just 15 percent of students who take remedial classes at two-year colleges earn a certificate or degree on time. ....


The CUNY Start model is different. Full-time students are exclusively in Start classes for 25 hours a week — substantially more than the usual course load — for one semester. The focus is on thinking, not memorization. “Math isn’t just memorization,” Ms. Fells told me. “I teach them how to investigate problems — how to think."

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High School and College math requirements are used to "sort" students in the USA. Those with privilege attend schools where they are steeped in skills and effective curriculum. Those in stressed communities with poor schools fall behind early and stay behind. CUNY offers a model that we ought to pay close attention to and use everywhere to change the trajectory of high school students and at risk college matriculants. Oh and while we are at it--why not change how we teach math to children in the primary grades and all through elementary school. Let's teach children to think and quit teaching math like it is a guessing game requiring excessive memorization of math facts. --Lou
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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy @lawrenceschool 

25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy @lawrenceschool  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Question stems can be a powerful part of that process no matter where the learner is. Assessment (pre-assessment, self-assessment, formative and summative assessment), prompting and cueing during discussion, etc. In that light, the following 25+ question stems framed around the early, non-revised Bloom’s Taxonomy are worth a gander.
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Nice Review!--Lou
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