Does Being Bilingual Make You Smarter?

Nov 17, 2015 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

November is Bilingual Education Awareness Month!
Ever wondered what age is best to learn a new language? Or whether bilinguals "think" in both languages simultaneously? Discover how bilingualism improves executive function, what the latest research is on the critical period for language learning, and whether learning a new language raises IQ. 

5 Classroom Strategies to Address the Achievement Gap

Nov 3, 2015 by Kristina Birdsong

How can conversations help close the achievement gap?  conversationsWhat types of conversations are most beneficial?  Find out how you can implement strategies in your classroom starting today that can help boost learning for all your students.

5 Myths About Dyslexia

Oct 20, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

What are 5 common myths surrounding dyslexia?dyslexia facts  Dr. Martha Burns uses recent research to debunk some of the commonly held myths about this misunderstood learning disorder. 

Problems with the Human “Letter Box”: A Component of Dyslexia

Oct 6, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

It is Dyslexia Awareness Month!dyslexia Have you wondered if dyslexia is a visual or auditory issue? Turns out it's a bit of both.  Dr. Martha Burns explains the latest research on causes of dyslexia and what interventions can help.  

Executive Function - The Foundation for School Readiness

Sep 29, 2015 by Grace Wardhana

What is executive function?  What skills does it include?executive function skills  Learn more from Grace Wardhana, our guest blog author, as she explains executive function skills and why they are important in your younger learners.  She also describes some interventions that you can use with your learners to help them build these critical skills.

13 Questions About The Build English Fast Solution

Sep 15, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

As you return to school this fall, do you have an increasing number of English language learners (ELL) in your class, school or district?ELLs and Fast ForWord  During our recent webinar, "Build the ELL Brain", Dr. Martha Burns discusses how the ELL brain develops and what interventions can help with English language development.  Take a look at the questions that Dr. Burns fielded at the end of the webinar and see if you can pinpoint students that you can help this year!

10 Tips for a Great Parent-Teacher Connection This Year

Sep 1, 2015 by Lynn Gover

Are you about to meet your child's teacher for the first time?Parent Teacher Conference Do you have a Parent-Teacher conference coming up? Here is a checklist of tips to help you stay in communication with your child's teacher for the upcoming school year.  Use these ideas to get the year started on a good foot.

Brain Science and Reading Instruction

Aug 14, 2015 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. and Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.

What are the major advances in effective reading instruction?Reading Achievement How can we use our understanding of how the brain works to help us conceptualize, implement, and monitor reading instruction?

New Research Shows How to Minimize Side Effects of Chemo

Aug 4, 2015 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

What effects does chemotherapy have on learning, memory and attention?  Childhood cancer cure rates are higher than ever but what impact does chemotherapy have on student achievement? Chemotherapy and Fast ForWordFind out more about how you can help children who have undergone chemotherapy treatments and are struggling in school.  

Best of 2015 Webinars

Jul 21, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

Summer is the perfect time for teachers to grab a little rest and relaxation summer webinarsbefore the excitement of the new school year. We hope you're taking some time to lounge by the pool! And while you're there, you can fit in some quick professional development time in just 45 minutes that can greatly impact your teaching next year. Sit back, relax, and watch a webinar (or two) to keep on top of your game over summer break.