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?

What the Latest NAEP Reading and Math Results Reveal About Our Below Basic Students

Jul 26, 2016 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.
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Nation's Report CardHow did students do in comparison to their peers in reading and math in 2015?  Discover the learnings from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. 

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. 

3 New Research Findings on Fast ForWord

May 17, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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Fast ForWord ResearchFast ForWord is one of the most researched reading interventions ever created, but what are researchers saying about it lately?  Here are three takeaways (translated from neuroscience-speak into terms you can understand) that have practical application for those interested in improving skills for those with dyslexia, auditory processing, language and reading issues. 

Poverty's Effect on Working Memory

May 3, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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PovertySometimes it's easy to think a child isn't paying attention because they're being defiant, or dare we say it - "lazy"? This is usually not the case, especially for children from poverty, and it behooves us to understand better what's happening in their brains. Read Dr. Eric Jensen's poignant and timely messages about how to help students from poverty build the skillls that will break the cycle of underachievement. 

Understanding Dyslexia: 5 Ways to End the Homework Struggle

Feb 9, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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Tired of being the homework police? dyslexia-homework-strugglesYou might be surprised by how our guest author, Joanne Gouaux, has learned to work with her sons to make homework and family dynamics easier. Teaser: it starts with compassion. 

10 Facts About How Poverty Impacts Education

Jan 26, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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Is poverty US education's largest problem? facts about povertyFor Poverty Awareness Month, we've compiled 10 surprising facts about how poverty affects academic success and what can be done to counteract its effects.
 

10 Trends in Education for 2016

Jan 12, 2016 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.
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2016 is here already!  Trends in educationLearn how advances in neuroscience, social psychology, and technology combine to reshape the educational landscape in our predictions for trends in general and special education.

New Study Suggests Fidgeting Helps Students With ADHD Learn

Dec 1, 2015 by Cory Armes, M.Ed.
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) is known to affect approximately 11% of school-aged children, ADHDand new research into ADHD indicates that fidgeting may help students learn better. Learn more about how to incorporate movement in your classroom to help your students.

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