Differentiation: Achieving Success in a Mixed-Ability Classroom

Jul 11, 2019 by Karla Wang

 Differentiation in Mixed-Abilities ClassroomsToday’s classrooms are increasingly diverse. How can educators reach every student in the class? One word: Differentiation. Read about 4 ways teachers can meet the needs of a mixed-abilities classroom.

A College Senior Mailed Us a Letter

Oct 25, 2018 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

Fast ForWord ReviewCaleb starts out by telling us about the worst semester of his academic career. 

Why I've Supported Fast ForWord for 20+ Years

Nov 1, 2017 by Eric Jensen, Ph.D.

Eric JensenWhen students read poorly, they often generalize it to other subjects (“Maybe I am just dumb”) and most things in school can become overwhelming. That’s painful to watch. How would you like to have joyful, confident readers? How would you like this for free - zilch, nada, zippo? 

When Test Scores Go Up, Do Cognitive Skills Increase?

Dec 2, 2014 by Norene Wiesen

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.

Summer Learning Programs, ELLs and the Achievement Gap

Feb 25, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
Educators are faced with responsibility and pressure like never before, so it’s no wonder that summer learning loss doesn’t often get the attention it deserves. But if every district offered a quality summer learning program to disadvantaged learners, some of those pressures might begin to let up. Here’s why.

Monitoring Progress in RTI: The Importance of Targeted Intervention

Dec 10, 2013 by Chris Weber, Ed.D
RtI and the practices associated with it are among the most research-proven strategies a school can engage. But just implementing RtI-based practices is not enough. We must ensure that RtI is resulting in improved student outcomes.

How Students Learn by Explaining Their Thinking

Nov 19, 2013 by Norene Wiesen
If you want to master something, teach it.Or so the saying goes. But is the platitude based in fact? Can students really learn better by explaining? The evidence says yes. Research shows that coming up with an explanation can help students learn more effectively than having an explanation handed to them.

Building Better Writers (Without Picking Up a Pen)

Oct 15, 2013 by Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D

All too often, teachers give little attention to the cognitive skills of writing. That’s a shame, because cognitive skills are the building blocks upon which writing depends.

Study: Fast ForWord Improves Writing in College Students

Jul 23, 2013 by Joseph Noble, Ph.D

Have you wondered what the effect of the Fast ForWord program is on older students, or how it develops other skills besides reading?

Growing Together: Connectomes, College Students, and Practical Tips for Providers

Jun 4, 2013 by Norene Wiesen

Find out how Fast ForWord helped college students become better writers, and learn about connectomes—comprehensive maps of the brain’s neural connections. Click here to view presentations by Dr. Paula Tallal & Dr. Martha S. Burns.

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