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Making charter schools more inclusive
Harvard Education Letter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two years ago, Elizabeth Marcell, the director of intervention services at ReNEW Schools in New Orleans, faced an unenviable challenge. As the charter network worked to open its first two schools in the city, she saw that every special education file she inherited from the schools the network took over failed to comply fully with federal and state laws. Marcell, who wrote her dissertation on charters and special education, knew she had to act quickly. More

Brain scans show how kids brains change with learning
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New technology is allowing cognitive scientists to watch how a child’s brain changes as they learn to read and do math. Specifically, novel use of brain imaging allows scientists to observe the brain's inner workings as a child or adult watches "Sesame Street." This use of brain imaging during everyday activities opens the door to studying other thought processes in naturalistic settings and may one day help to diagnose and treat learning disabilities. More

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Demystifying learning disabilities: Empowering students
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Rivka Schonfeld, a writer for The Jewish Press, writes: "Meet Noam, a ninth grader I worked with several years ago. Noam came to my office because he was struggling with his biology curriculum. Though Noam was extremely smart, he had ADHD, which made it hard for him to focus on all of the material presented during class. Before we even looked at the material together, I asked Noam how he learned best. His face was blank as he responded, 'Um, Mrs. Schonfeld, I really am not sure.'" More

ROFF: Education should be customized to meet students' needs
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America has become the great nation it is because of its traditions, its values and its constitutional foundations. It is also great because, though the Constitution does not specifically mention it, the people decided at one point to make a priority out of giving every child access to education. For a nation built of immigrants, this was an important, even seminal, decision. Each generation, whether born in the United States or brought here by ship, plane or train, must learn (in addition to reading, writing and arithmetic) what it means to be an American. More

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Learning with dyslexia doesn't come easy
Rapid City Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Austin Rasby, reading aloud to classmates was one of his scariest moments in grade school. "I dreaded it," he said. "You're forced to read in front of your peers. There's that awkward silence." Rasby, now 22, would eventually be diagnosed with a phonetic decoding disorder, which falls under the spectrum of dyslexia, he said. Dyslexia encompasses a variety of reading and writing learning disabilities that interfere with the way the brain processes and acquires language. More

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Chicago faulted on learning disabilities
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When Rashaan Payne was 2 years old, his pediatrician noticed that he was not talking at the level of most children his age. After autism was diagnosed, Rashaan began receiving speech therapy once a week at his home on the South Side of Chicago, paid for by the federal and state governments. When he turned 3 in October, federal law mandated that he leave that program and be evaluated for services within the Chicago Public Schools. But while his mother, Treva Thompson, said she has filed paperwork and repeatedly called the neighborhood school, Rashaan has yet to be evaluated. She is worried that after making progress, her son will lose ground. More

California schools face rising special education costs
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California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report. The 25-page report by the state Legislative Analyst's Office found that school districts must keep dipping deeper into their general funds to pay for special education. More

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Reading is easy (illiteracy is hard)
Right Side News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This country, for the last 80 years, has been living through what future historians might call the Great American Reading Swindle. The experts claimed to believe in a method that didn't work. In order to protect it, and to shield themselves from charges of educational malpractice, they generated endless shock waves of intellectual disorientation. More


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Teacher highlighted creative powers of dyslexics
The Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Susan Parkinson, who has died aged 87, helped found, in 1992, the Arts Dyslexia Trust, an organization that has significantly affected attitudes to the condition in Europe and America. Herself dyslexic and trained in drawing and sculpture, Parkinson later became a teacher. As a result, she knew that many responsible for managing education considered dyslexia an affliction to be cured. More

What parents and educators need to know about medication for ADHD
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"ADHD medications turn kids into compliant zombies." "They're only prescribed to simplify a parent's job." "They boost the risk for drug abuse." "They change kids' personalities." These are just some of the many myths about treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with medication. And these misconceptions no doubt leave parents confused and overwhelmed about the best ways to treat their child's disorder. More

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