We Asked the Fast ForWord Experts About Back to School

Aug 23, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Fast ForWord creative ideasWe asked our implementation experts (also known as Professional Development Managers) about what they see in classrooms across the country, how you all are motivating your kiddos, and their top piece of advice for you this year. I was most excited about the story at the end! 

Our Top 5 Most Popular Webinars: Watch Now!

Jul 26, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Summer PD webinars watch nowMake the most of summer by watching our 5 most popular webinars from the last year. Recorded webinars can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your computer, your tablet, or your smartphone and start your summer learning. Enjoy!

Implicit vs. Explicit Instruction: Which is Better for Word Learning?

Jun 28, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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word learningDo students learn better when instructors clearly outline learning goals (explicit instruction), or when students explore concepts independently (implicit instruction)?

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. 

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. 

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. 

#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.  

We Have a Poverty Crisis in Education

Sep 13, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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poverty-educationTeachers are an easy scapegoat for the widening achievement gap in the US. In fact, teacher quality is not the greatest predictor of a child's later success; socioeconomic status is. How do we work together to find the optimal ways to educate the 51% of students now receiving free and reduced lunch?

Watch From Anywhere: Summer Professional Development

Jul 12, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Professional Development webinarsMake the most of summer by watching some of our most popular webinars to date on topics such as poverty, auditory processing, dyslexia and more. These can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Enjoy!

10 Ways to Help Your School-Age Child Develop a “Reading Brain”

May 31, 2016 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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reading brainUnlike speaking and listening, reading is not a hard-wired human ability. It needs to be explicitly taught, but its complexities are often taken for granted. This is not so for parents of children who struggle with the process, however.   What can we do as parents to develop proficient readers at home?  And what happens when these things don't work? Read the advice from Dr. Paula Tallal, world-recognized authority on language-learning disabilities. 

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