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Bookshare helps students with learning differences learn - San Jose Mercury News

Bookshare helps students with learning differences learn - San Jose Mercury News | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

".....Since is debut in 2002, Bookshare has transformed not only reading but schooling for students with various disabilities. The program, an initiative of the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Benetech, produces an online library of accessible books for those visually or severely physically disabled or with learning disabilities like dyslexia. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education, Bookshare's library of nearly 160,000 titles are provided free to students who qualify.
On Tuesday, federal Department of Education officials will visit Toyon Elementary in San Jose to highlight the role of digital technology in improving learning. The department has awarded Benetech another five-year grant, for $6.5 million annually, to expand and maintain Bookshare...."

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Dyslexia is widely misunderstood and profoundly impacts learning, according to the U.S. DOH & NCLD

Dyslexia is widely misunderstood and profoundly impacts learning, according to the U.S. DOH & NCLD | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

".......If someone tells you that dyslexia does not exist or “went out of style,” run, don’t walk, to a more accurate source.

While some states like California are considering eliminating the term dyslexia as a learning disability, many children struggle with reading and writing tasks that may not have a better explanation.

Affecting roughly 15 percent of the general population and often running in families, dyslexia is widely misunderstood and profoundly impacts learning, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
In a typical school serving 500 children, that translates to roughly 75 dyslexic students exhibiting varying degrees of reading difficulties ranging from mild to severe.
For a variety of reasons, many of these students may not be identified in the special education system.
As children head back to school, we all share the hope that it will be a successful year. We cannot leave this 15 percent of our children out of the equation.
It is a particularly compelling time of year to ask the question: Is your child or student dyslexic? Do you know what signs to look for?
First and foremost, dyslexia is a well-understood, clearly defined condition....."

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TY @courosa for: 10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking

TY @courosa for: 10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

In this post, I share ideas on certain types of videos that I’ve gathered and how educators might use related methods or styles to engage students in constructing and deconstructing media while becoming critical consumers and producers of digital media.


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Selecting best apps 4 your students: Rubrics for Evaluating Educational Apps | AvatarGeneration

Selecting best apps 4 your students: Rubrics for Evaluating Educational Apps | AvatarGeneration | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
How do you choose the best app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand, sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources.

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Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms' define 'mastery based flipped instruction'| Andrew K. Miller

Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms'  define 'mastery based flipped instruction'| Andrew K. Miller | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

Mastery based 'flipped instruction defined:

 

"Jonathan Bergmann, the lead technology facilitator for the 600-student K-8 Kenilworth school district in Illinois, is considered one of the pioneers of the flipped movement. He and his former fellow teacher Aaron Sams began using the flipping technique in 2006 at the 950-student Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Calif., to teach chemistry.


Tips for Flipping
1. Don’t get hung up on creating your own videos. While some believe that students prefer to see their own teacher in the videos, others recommend harnessing the educational content that is already available on the Web. Resources such as the Khan Academy, YouTube EDU, and PBS can provide well-produced video content for your students.
2. Be thoughtful about what parts of your class you decide to “flip” and when. Deciding to flip part of your lesson will not automatically make it a better lesson. You have to be intentional about when to flip and clear about what the benefit will be for students.
3. If possible, find a partner to create videos with. Students enjoy hearing the back-and-forth conversation of two teachers, especially when one teacher plays the role of mentor while the other plays the role of learner.
4. Address the issue of access early. Survey your students to find out what technology they have at home, and find alternatives for students who lack Internet access. Alternatives may mean burning the videos onto DVDs or creating lists of places where students can go online.
5. Find a way to engage students in the videos. Just having students watch videos instead of listening to lectures doesn’t guarantee that they will be more engaged. Requiring students to take notes on the videos, ask questions
about the videos, or engage in discussion about them will help ensure that they watch and absorb the material.
The pair created videos of their lectures and posted them online for their chemistry and Advanced Placement chemistry classes during the 2007-08 school year. They required the students to take notes on the videos and come to class with one thoughtful question to share.
The teachers found that the technique allowed them to spend more time with students one-on-one and to provide just-in-time intervention when students needed it. They also noticed an uptick in test scores in the students using the flipped-class technique.
Soon they began visiting other schools that were curious about the method and hosting conferences on flipping. They recently co-wrote a book called Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, published in July of 2012 by the International Society for Technology in Education and the ASCD.
“You need to figure out the answer to the question: What’s the best use of your face-to-face instruction time?” Mr. Bergmann said.
After the first year, he and Mr. Sams made adjustments to the flipped classroom, moving from what they call the “traditional” flip to the “mastery based” flipped classroom.
In the mastery-based model, students are not required to watch videos at home on a specific day. Instead, they are given an outline for each unit that includes all the resources they might need for each objective, including videos, worksheets, and textbook excerpts. They can then work through the material at their own pace, even taking tests and quizzes and performing labs when they are ready rather than as a whole class....."

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Executive function: Parenting A-Z

At the center of a child’s ability to take in knowledge and accomplish tasks and goals is what is known as executive functions. These are the functions of the brain that work to manage the attention span, emotions and behaviors of a person. More specifically, executive functions include a person’s ability to:

• Plan ahead
• Organize
• Maintain attention and focus
• Recall memories
• Remember details
• Sort out and categorize thoughts
• Problem-solve
• Monitor use of time and space
• Regulate actions and behaviors
• Successfully see a task or challenge all the way through (regardless of the outcome)

The front part of the brain that controls these functions is not fully developed in very young children. They begin to appear during the preschool years as the brain matures and continue to develop well into early adulthood.

Throughout the preschool years and into kindergarten, your child will begin to show changes in their ability to pay attention to tasks at hand a bit longer. When attention span improves, so does their memory. Provide your child with opportunities to engage in experiences through play, and supporting their actions throughout the process. This will give your child the practice they need to develop some of the executive functions further.

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Common Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Children in Grades 3-8 - NCLD

Common Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Children in Grades 3-8 - NCLD | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects reading, writing, and spelling. Learn common dyslexia symptoms and warning signs for students grades 3 to 8.

Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and speaking, as well as social interactions and self-esteem. Are you concerned that your child isn’t learning, communicating, or relating to others as successfully as his or her peers? Does your child especially struggle with reading? Is it affecting your child’s confidence and motivation? If so, the following list of common warning signs of dyslexia in children in Grades 3-8 may help clarify your concerns.

Everyone struggles with learning at times. Learning disabilities (LD) such as dyslexia, however, are consistent and persist over time. The following list is a general guide, not a tool to identify dyslexia. Our Interactive Learning Disabilities Checklist is an additional resource to consider. Finally, be aware that some of the "symptoms" listed below also apply to other learning disabilities as well as other disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), which often co-exists with LD .

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Handout for teachers to assist with Dyslexia resources.

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The 60-Second Guide To Teaching With Tablets | Edudemic

The 60-Second Guide To Teaching With Tablets | Edudemic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Most teachers use tablets to ‘bring textbooks to life’ and because it’s ‘a familiar experience’ since students have been using smartphones for quite awhile.
Teachers and students love them as an alternative to books, the access to apps, and for the other usual reasons.
About half of all tablet owners say they’ll be buying another tablet in the next 6 months.
Roughly 3 out of every 4 students surveyed say the tablet helps them learn.
90% of college and high school students say the tablets are important for both learning and personal advancement.

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TY @knolinfos for 10 Stunning School Research Projects Being Done Right Now | Edudemic

TY @knolinfos for 10 Stunning School Research Projects Being Done Right Now | Edudemic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

1. Temporal invisibility cloak, Cornell University:

2. Brain visions to video, UC Berkeley:

3. Eye computing, Imperial College London: …

4. Leukemia treatment, University of Pennsylvania: ….

5. Brain-computer interface, Brown University:

6. Nanocomputing, University of Leeds and Tokyo University of Technology:. ..

7. Electric car recharging, Toyohashi University of Technology:

8. Photographing an atom’s shadow, Griffith University: ……

9. Nano rockets, Radboud University Nijmegen:

10. “Geckskin,” University of Massachusetts Amherst:

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5 Star Dyslexic Chef Charlie Trotter Goes Back to School

5 Star Dyslexic Chef Charlie Trotter Goes Back to School | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"And whereas I used to think (dyslexia) was a disability, I've come to regard it as a strength. I read differently, and I do take longer to read something, but when I read something it is etched into my brain and I can quote long passages. Now I value the fact that I had to learn differently."- 5 Star Chef Charlie Trotter

 

Charlie Trotter has written 15 cookbooks, won 11 James Beard awards, and 2 awards for humanitarian work with Chicago area youth. Now Trotter is closing up his thriving restaurant to return to school (University of Chicago) to study philosophy and political theory.

 

Trotter's like many adults with dyslexia who have very broad interests and thrive when they pursue higher education later in life.

 

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Thank you @TDOttawa for A+ Click - Mathematics Games for All Grades

Thank you @TDOttawa for  A+ Click - Mathematics Games for All Grades | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

A+ Click is a free site full of online mathematics games for students at all grade levels. You can find games on A+ Click by selecting a grade level then selecting a topic. Alternatively, you select just a topic or just a grade level and browse through all of the games. Students do not need to register in order to play the games.


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Study indicates Children under three given anaesthesia suffer from learning disabilities

Study indicates Children  under three given anaesthesia  suffer from learning disabilities | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

According to an Australian study, children under three who are given anaesthesia may have a higher risk of developing learning difficulties. The findings are based on an analysis conducted by the University of Western Australia (UWA) of the long-term effects of anaesthesia on children, based on 2,868 children born in the same region between 1989 and 1992. Britta Regli-von Ungern-Sternberg, professor of paediatric anaesthesia at the UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology, said the study assessed the effects of early childhood exposure to anaesthesia in the first three years of life on long-term differences in language and cognitive function, the journal Paediatrics reports.
“We looked at 321 children from the Raine study who were exposed to anaesthesia for surgery and diagnostic testing before the age of three and found they were about twice as likely to develop a significant language impairment and three times more likely to have problems with abstract reasoning by the age of 10, when compared to children who were not exposed to anaesthesia and surgery,” Ungern-Sternberg said. Ungern-Sternberg said the study was not definitive and more work needed to be done to look at the long-term effects of anaesthesia on young children.
“The most important thing I want to emphasise is that these results do not mean that children should not have surgery if it is needed,” she was quoted as saying in a UWA statement.
“Parents should consult their surgeon to see if the procedure is necessary. Any concerns regarding anaesthesia and potential anaesthetic implications for their child should be discussed with their anaesthetist before surgery,” said Ungern-Sternberg.

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10 Tips for Going to College With ADHD | Child Mind Institute

10 Tips for Going to College With ADHD | Child Mind Institute | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

College is an exciting time! You're surrounded by new friends and new opportunities, and have more independence than ever before. However, college life also presents unique challenges to a student with ADHD. Managing classes, a social life, and extra curricular activities without day-to-day support from parents and a structured school schedule isn't easy. But there are plenty of things you can do to set yourself up for success. These top ten tips are a great place to start.

1. Go to class. Attendance counts even when teachers aren't hovering over you. Skipping classes not only leads lower grades, but it also makes professors less motivated to help when you need it…..

 

2. Be realistic: Don't sign up for an 8am class if you're not a morning person. Set yourself up for success by scheduling your classes at times of the day when you find it easiest to pay attention, and when you think you can get there on time. ….

3. Work first, play later. College campuses are filled with temptations that can distract from getting work done, and students with ADHD often have to work especially hard to get results. Schedule specific study periods in a quiet location, and stick to the plan. Reward yourself with fun, social activities. But train yourself to work first and play later. This will help minimize procrastination, and allow you to enjoy your social time without feeling anxious about falling behind in your classes.

4. Be proactive: Get support early, before a crisis develops. All campuses have resources available for students with ADHD to help you succeed. Contact Learning Support Services before you arrive on campus to find out what ADHD diagnosis documentation they require, and which services they offer. …

5. Use a calendar. Keeping track of class times, assignments, tests, and social activities isn't easy and doesn't happen automatically. Students with ADHD often have difficulty planning and remembering when assignments are due and tests are scheduled. ….An electronic calendar can be configured send you email or pop-up reminders a few days and hours before assignments and tests are due.

6. Think before you drink. It's no secret that alcohol use is widespread on many college campuses. While excessive drinking isn't healthy for anyone, research shows that students with ADHD experience more negative consequences as a result of their drinking than students without ADHD...

7. Join a club. With so many students on campus, it can be hard to find your niche. Join a club to help you meet people who like some of the same things you do...

8. Sleep! Find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick with it. Everyone needs sleep, but it may be even more important for students with ADHD……

9. Use your medication as prescribed. Continue to take your ADHD medication as prescribed by your doctor. Avoid skipping doses, and resist the temptation to misuse your medication in order to cram before a test or pull an all-nighter…..

10. Call, text, or email your parents. You may be living at college and well on your way to adulthood, but your parents can still be a great source of support…… Want to know more? We also have some tips for parents.

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Excellent tips for ADD/ADHD college students.

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Students with Learning Disabilities and College Admissions ...

Students with Learning Disabilities and College Admissions ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"....If you are a student with a learning disability, there are several elements that are important to your success in applying to college. First, it is important to accurately and honestly be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t hide from or be ashamed of your weaknesses. Work with them the best you can, and then shine in the areas of your strengths. I have worked with several students who have learning disabilities and learning differences. In many cases, their GPA (grade point average) is not necessarily an accurate reflection of what they really bring to a college, and the essay can be a great place to address that. While students are in no way required to disclose any learning issues, I think it is often beneficial to do so. I have seen a number of cases where a student discloses his or her disability but then goes on to talk about the hard work and commitment he or she employs to overcome their learning obstacles. By doing so, these students demonstrate to admissions officers that they know how to overcome a challenge, how to use available resources, and most importantly, how to succeed.

Students with learning differences are more common on college campuses today than they ever have been. You have nothing to hide or be embarrassed by as long as you know how to achieve some level of success, and for each of us, that means different things. If you’re thinking about going to college, then you probably already know what it takes to succeed".....

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Creating a Visual Dictionary on the iPad with PicCollage

Creating a Visual Dictionary on the iPad with PicCollage | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

The ideas was for the students to take photos, email photos from home or find photos online to represent their weekly Hebrew vocabulary words. Once the images are on the iPad, tap on the blank canvas and choose “Photos From Library” to import photos into PicCollage.


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The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"....Now I am keen to discover more about the social and emotional aspects of this learning strategy. Are relationships between students positively affected by arts integration? What about the rapport between kids and teachers? My young source holds forth with disarming confidence, especially about some of the toughest social and emotional issues middle school students face: fitting in with your peers, being different without becoming isolated, how to navigate the gauntlet of critics, teasers, and bullies that line the rocky path to high school.

I probe for more details. (Full disclosure: I, too, was a little guy, often defending myself against the big boys whenever they set out to prove their physical dominance. So I find my source's calm, rational discourse a bit too good to be true.) What I learn from him starts to soften me up.

I'll paraphrase his remarks: Expressing yourself creatively in front of an entire class, especially when you are not good at art, is the great equalizer. At first you feel pretty weird, especially singing and dancing. Because you've never done anything like this before, and you're not sure you want to work with other students this way. You think maybe someone will make fun of you. But because everybody has to sing and dance and do the art, everyone is in the same boat. It's harder to put someone down if you're the same as him.

(My source seems to relish this next part of his description.)........"


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TY @cdcowen 4 Viv Groskop: Anna Karenina stars are proof that dyslexia is no bar to creativity

TY @cdcowen 4 Viv Groskop: Anna Karenina stars are proof that dyslexia is no bar to creativity | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

"......the premiere of Anna Karenina, a film featuring the talents of two more famous dyslexics, director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley. It's a movie everyone has wanted to hate, not least because Knightley-bashing has become something of a national sport. But the film is a triumph. And Knightley is tipped for an Oscar. People are fond of making fun of Keira, perhaps she is a bit too young and beautiful for comfort. How dare she be a good actress, too?

But she's not only good in this film. She's great. Which is no small thing when you realise that, when she was six, her mother bribed her into learning to read by promising to get her an acting agent. And that in her teens, she forced herself to overcome her difficulties by ploughing through a copy of Emma Thompson's screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. Her mother told her, "If Emma Thompson couldn't read, she'd make sure she'd get over it. So you have to start reading, because that's what Emma Thompson would do."

Wright's story is even more amazing. His dyslexia was mistaken for "stupidity". He left school with no GCSEs. He has said that the "stupid" label was one of the prime motivators in his success. "I guess I'm always feeling like I'm stupid and at the same time I want to prove that I'm not." Who, dyslexic or not, doesn't identify with that?

It seems somehow fitting that both Wright and Knightley have found success via an adaptation of a book which represents the highest achievement of the written word. It's great that it has taken two dyslexics – director and leading lady – to turn it into something that looks fresh, exciting and inspiring 140 years after the book first came out.

But there's a strange irony here, too. As Anna Karenina is released, politicians and teachers are still wrangling over whether GCSEs and A-levels are inflated or deflated. In an educational world focused on grades and measurable success, anyone who falls outside of the norm doesn't stand a chance....


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International Dyslexia Association Recommended Reading List for Professionals | Dyslexia Tutor ...

International Dyslexia Association Recommended Reading List for Professionals | Dyslexia Tutor ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 Following is an International Dyslexia Association (IDA) “Fact Sheet” for professionals, listing recommended reading relating to issues of literacy and learning.

 

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Your Child's Rights |Learn the Law Disabilities rights - NCLD Public Policy

Your Child's Rights |Learn the Law  Disabilities rights  - NCLD Public Policy | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Child disabilities rights - Several federal laws are designed to protect your child’s educational rights. If your child has a learning disability, he or she may qualify for additional protections. As a parent, it is important for you to understand these rights so you can better advocate for your child. For more details on the laws that affect all people with learning disabilities, visit our Learn the Law section.

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Jay Mathews, Washington Post Blog: Our ignorance of learning disabilities

Jay Mathews, Washington Post Blog: Our ignorance of learning disabilities | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
I don’t write much about special education, so I think I should take some of the blame for the results of a remarkable new survey of views on learning disabilities.

Raising the achievement of students with learning disabilities is hard, expensive, controversial and complex. School systems must pay private school tuition for students they can’t adequately serve. Educators and parents sometimes disagree on what methods to use. Education writers like me rarely deal with the subject because it is difficult to explain and lacks many success stories.

That explains in part why learning disabilities are so poorly understood, as revealed by a remarkable survey just released by the nonprofit National Center for Learning Disabilities. The representative sampling of 2,000 Americans provides a rare look at the depths of our ignorance.

Forty-three percent believe that learning disabilities correlate with IQ. Fifty-five percent think that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities. Twenty-two percent believe that learning disabilities can be caused by spending too much time watching computer or television screens. All of those impressions are wrong.

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50 Must-Download Apps For Lifelong Learners | Edudemic

50 Must-Download Apps For Lifelong Learners | Edudemic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Long after degrees have been conferred and careers have been launched, many folks just can’t seem to quit school. For them, life provides an overstuffed cornucopia of educational opportunities that don’t necessarily require hefty loans and navigating different professorial strategies.

Those with a lust for learning who happen to also enjoy testing the limits of what the iPad offers definitely don’t have to worry about finding resources to pique their fancy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps are out there just twitching for users to fire them up and absorb a mental nugget or two.

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

 

1. Learner-centered

2. Media-driven (this doesn’t have to mean digital media)

3. Personalized

4. Transfer-by-Design

5. Visibly Relevant

6. Data-Rich

7. Adaptable

8. Interdependent

9. Diverse

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http://www.teachthought.com/learning/9-characteristics-of-21st-century-learning/

 


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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning ...

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Bounty Boulevard State School, had a very useful handout towards creating a 'Learning Workflow' available from their iPad portal. This handout provides a range of pathways for teachers to select Apps that can provide learning outcomes from understanding to reflection and then across that to move from less teacher centred workflows to more student centred learning.


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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. Elects Two New Board Members

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. Elects Two New Board Members | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD), the Westport, CT-based nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce the election of Marc L. Hoffman of Stamford, CT and Terry Ann Weil of Rye Brook, NY to its board of directors.

Smart Kids with LD is taking wonderful steps to de-stigmatize the LD community and help embrace their intelligence and creativity,” noted Terry Ann Weil. “I am honored to be a part of the organization’s ongoing discussion of issues affecting learning disabilities today, and I look forward to working on the board in providing expert resources for parents to inspire their children with learning disabilities to succeed.”
About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.:
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Westport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) via its educational programs, website, blog and free e-newsletter at http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is an Honorary Board member, and Henry Winkler, Golden Globe award-winning actor, director and author, serves as the organization’s Honorary Chairman.

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Crosland’s $1.1 million gift gives Dore Academy new name, better campus

Crosland’s $1.1 million gift gives Dore Academy new name, better campus | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Charlotte’s first academy for kids with learning disabilities kicked off its school year Monday at a site nearly quadruple in size, and with a new name above the door: The John Crosland School.

Crosland, a well-known Charlotte developer, donated $1.1 million to help the former Dore Academy buy the 58,000-square-foot office building, located near the intersection of Billy Graham Parkway and South Tryon Street.

As a result, enrollment at the K-12 Crosland School – the oldest accredited school of its type in the state – will grow from 90 to 250 students, as phased-in renovation is completed. The six-acre site replaces a 15,000-square-foot building on Providence Road that was overcrowded and prone to flooding.

Crosland, 83, grew up with dyslexia and said he made the gift in hopes of prompting greater support in the community for students with learning disabilities. Helping such students is a major focus of his charitable Crosland Foundation, based out of Foundation for the Carolinas.

 

“I wanted to do something that was long-lasting, a legacy,” said Crosland, who hopes his success in business will inspire the students.

“I would say don’t be bothered by what other people say about you. Even if they say you are dumb or whatever. You can stand there and take pride in what you do. If you try hard enough, you can overcome anything.”

 

Dore Academy was founded in 1978 by teacher Mary Dore, who had been a nun at Sacred Heart in Belmont. It was the first school in Charlotte created solely for children with learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is now considered a national leader in the field, with 90 percent of graduating seniors going onto college programs, officials said.

Students from eight counties in the Carolinas are enrolled in the school, which has a 7-to-1-student teacher ratio and a full-time therapy dog on staff. It also has an eighth period tacked onto the end of the day, when teachers make themselves available in one room to answer all students’ homework questions.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/28/3482876/11-million-gift-prompts-dore-academy.html#storylink=cpy

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