Fast ForWord® at Home Scholarship

Oct 28, 2014 by Joanne Gouaux

Fast ForWord at Home ScholarshipDo you have a struggling reader at home, or know someone who does? For the first time, BrainPro is offering a scholarship for Fast ForWord. The recipient will be able to work on the Fast ForWord exercises free of charge for 4 months, with support from a trained BrainPro consultant. 

Dyslexia Legislation is on the Rise. But Why?

Oct 23, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

dyslexia legislationIn the past few years, more than a dozen states have passed or proposed new laws to raise awareness about dyslexia through increased screening, intervention programs, and teacher training. What’s behind the surge in legislation?

Meet the 1st Queen of Literacy, Dr. Linda Nash!

Oct 21, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

Dr. Linda NashDr. Linda Nash, Supervisor of Federal Programs/Grants in Cookeville, TN, has been crowned our first Queen of Literacy. She received 24% of all the votes cast (5,472!) and has won an all-expense paid trip to our National Circle of Learning Conference (virtual registration now open)! I caught up with Dr. Nash by phone to learn more about her life as an educator.

Are Your Special Education Practices Aligned With RDA?

Oct 7, 2014 by Will J. Gordillo

Special Ed RDAThroughout my tenure overseeing the provision of special education and ensuing compliance with IDEA in school districts, I have been a strong advocate for systems change that is focused on student performance. Learn about the new Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) framework for special education and find out what “shifts” you might consider in supporting student success.

Congratulations to the 2014 Champions of Literacy!

Sep 29, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

Scientific Learning is pleased to announce a select group of educators nominated for this year’s Champions of Literacy award. We recognize these educators, selected from across the U.S., for their commitment on behalf of students, parents, and colleagues. 

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader [Infographic]

Sep 16, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

10 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher This Year (Don’t Forget Cognitive Skills!)

Sep 2, 2014 by Norene Wiesen

It’s back to school…again! Your child is getting to know a new teacher and facing a host of new expectations. How can you be sure that you are prepared to help your child get the most from this school year? Getting the answers to these questions can help.

Assessing ELLs for Special Education: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

Aug 19, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

Assessing ELLs for special educationWhen educating English language learners who are struggling, how do you know when it’s time for a special education referral? How can you be sure you are assessing ELLs fairly, not mixing up linguistic and cultural diversity with cognitive ability and intellectual functioning?

Dyslexia – How Far We’ve Come!

Aug 5, 2014 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

DyslexiaWe’ve come a long way in understanding dyslexia since the term was first used more than 40 years ago. Find out what the latest research says about the dyslexic brain and learn about neuroscience-based interventions that are proven to help.

Debunking Anecdotes – One Parent’s Journey Through a Maze of Misconceptions About Learning Disabilities

Jul 22, 2014 by Joanne Gouaux

Debunking anecdotes about learning disabilities"If you read to them, they will read." That statement, along with a few other common misconceptions about learning disabilities, kept one parent from finding the help her son needed to achieve academic success.

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