The Role of Literacy in Deeper Learning

Dec 9, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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Deeper LearningStudents with stronger literacy skills will be better able to self-direct, relying less on their teachers and more on the resources available to them. This autonomy is especially important in Deeper Learning.

When Test Scores Go Up, Do Cognitive Skills Increase?

Dec 2, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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The amount of attention schools devote to improving standardized test scores is controversial. A new study by John Gabrieli at MIT is shedding some light on what’s not being measured. The results are food for thought.

5 Tips For Success from Your Fellow Educators

Nov 18, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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NCOL 2014Customers from across the country – and even China – came together in Dallas, TX, to share and learn from others the best tips for success with Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant. Here are 5 tips you can learn from them!

Reading to Learn: Do We Expect Too Much of Fourth Graders?

Nov 10, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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Reading to LearnA new study out of Dartmouth University shows that the 4th grade “shift” from learning to read to reading to learn isn’t as clear cut as educators have thought. What does the study reveal about reading development and what does it mean for teachers?

Fast ForWord® at Home Scholarship

Oct 28, 2014 by Joanne Gouaux
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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When a child 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.

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