What Weak Cognitive Skills Look Like in the Classroom

Mar 21, 2017 by Linda Gajowski, M.Ed., MS
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weak cognitive skillsThe idea that cognitive skills can be improved — and that IQ is not fixed — is a relatively new concept in education. Here’s a breakdown of the four main cognitive skills you’ll see in students, and how to improve them.  

Impaired Auditory Processing in Children from Low-Income Homes

Mar 7, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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sound-povertyThe "30-million word gap" has received a great deal of well-deserved attention. But, focusing on vocabulary only is missing the point. The problem begins way earlier than previously thought and has serious implications for reversing the seemingly intractable achievement gap.   

5 Ways to Boost Parental Involvement at Low-Income Schools

Feb 21, 2017 by Leslie Ferguson, MA, MFA
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low income parentsFirst things first: leave stereotypes behind. Read on for tips to engage your students' parents more effectively. 

Phonemic Awareness as a Predictor of Reading Success

Feb 7, 2017 by Kimberly Vasconcelos, MA, CCC-SLP
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phonemic awarenessPhonemic awareness: it's not innate to humans. It must be taught. Learn the 5 levels...And beware if reading instruction is bypassing weaknesses in any one of these!

4 Education Trends in 2017

Jan 24, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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2017 education trendsReady or not - here we go. It's 2017 and the old adage "change is the only constant" is taking on a whole new meaning in education! Tell us what YOU think -- how will this year play out in our public and private school systems?  Whatever happens, it's certainly not going to be boring. 

Cursive Becoming Obsolete?

Dec 13, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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CursiveCursive becoming obsolete?  How can that be?  Take a look at some of the latest research on cursive and its importance in the classroom.

5 Steps to ERASE Discord in Your Home

Nov 29, 2016 by Lynn Gover
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5 StepsPeace. Harmony. Children. Do those three words go together in your mind? Build more cooperation (read: less conflict) in your household using these 5 timely tips.  As schedules fill during the holidays, and stressors mount, we can all benefit from remembering the best ways to work with the young people in our lives. 

Underperforming Student Success Strategies

Nov 15, 2016 by Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
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eric-jensenWhen students come to school every day, here's their question to teachers: are you on my side or not? Are you a friend or a foe? Are you an ally or adversary?  See what practical classroom activities Dr. Eric Jensen recommends to build relationships and get results with your students -- you'll see their progress skyrocket. 

Risks of Not Identifying Dyslexia

Oct 25, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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identifying dyslexiaSome are resistant to seek a diagnosis for a student or child's learning issue, worrying that a "label" may do more harm than good. But there are risks with not identifying issues as well.  Read on for pros and cons on the topic, from a mother who has weighed all options. 

#SayDyslexia

Oct 11, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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say dyslexiaBefore just a few years ago, hardly anyone ever used the word "dyslexia" at a school site. For Dyslexia Awareness Month, we've invited a guest blogger, Joanne Gouaux, mother of a bright 10-year old boy with dyslexia, to share her thoughts on why it's so important to #saydyslexia.  

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