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Senate braced for lengthy debate on ESEA
Education Week
After weeks of letting it languish in the legislative queue, the U.S. Senate is slated to begin debating a proposed bipartisan overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — the first such Senate debate since 2001, when Congress last updated the law in its current iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act. Notably, the announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would call the bill to the floor July 7 came just one day after 10 major education groups, including the two national teachers' unions and the Council of Chief State School Officers, banded together amid mounting frustrations and demanded the Senate make the reauthorization a priority.
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Education organizations to Congress: Keep vouchers out of ESEA rewrite
Education Week
The U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school choice. And that prospect does not make a coalition of more than 50 organizations — ranging from AASA, the School Superintendents Association to the Texas Freedom Network very happy. Those organizations sent a letter to lawmakers reiterating their opposition to vouchers and Title I portability, which would allow federal money for disadvantaged children to follow students to any school they choose.
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How the BRRRRR strategy can help you chill out at IEP meetings
By: Howard Margolis
If your child will soon have a new Individualized Education Program, you have to ensure it meets all his educational needs. Ideally, to develop a high-quality IEP, you'll work with the school's IEP team members. But what if you disagree with them? What if you believe they're just trying to save money and don't care about your child? If you're like some parents, you may erupt with rage. But no matter how justified you feel about your anger, you need to focus on being effective, not angry.
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How 3-D printers help learners overcome dyslexia
It's a common misconception that people who struggle with dyslexia also struggle with creative endeavors. Yes, many creative projects are tied to reading, writing and language skills — which dyslexics do struggle with — but not all forms of creativity stem from this particular skillset. One of the greatest forms of creativity, "making" with your hands, has evolved from traditional arts, like painting, sculpting and building, to technology-enhanced creation, like 3-D printing. As more dyslexic people are taking control of their educational journey by playing up their strengths and steering away from a heavy focus on language, technological enhancements allow their creative opportunities to expand.
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What is personalized learning and how do you get there?
No two students are alike. They have different preferences, strengths and weaknesses, but in most schools all children are expected to learn the same way. There is very little choice as to how content is absorbed and by what method knowledge is demonstrated. Technology is changing that and as schools continue to invest in the right digital tools, the options for how students learn are endless. This has given rise to what is known as personalized learning.
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Too many kids
The Atlantic
Erica Oliver has worked for the Atlantic City School District in New Jersey for a decade, teaching first grade and a few reading programs. Early in her career, Oliver typically taught no more than four students at a time. The small classes meant that students who struggled could be easily targeted, lessons could be tailored to individual needs, and progress could be expedited, she said. Over the years, however, Oliver has seen her class sizes grow: first to 16 students, and then to 24 or 25 kids per class. She found it harder to manage her classroom, properly supervise reading groups, and encourage her students to complete projects efficiently. All of this slowed down the group's collective achievement.
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What you thought you knew: Understanding dyslexia from the outside
The Huffington Post
A lot of people have heard about dyslexia or they know someone who has it but they really don't understand what it is like to be someone who actually has the disability. While it can be difficult torelate, there are ways to better comprehend what dyslexia is. So let's debunk some of those dyslexia myths and perhaps learn a new appreciation for those who are dyslexic.
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ADE finalizes Dyslexia resource guide: Is enough being done?
For the first time, Arkansas schools will have a resource guide in hopes of leveling the playing field for students with Dyslexia. Recently, The Arkansas Department of Education has fulfilled its promise and completed the final issue of a Dyslexia resource guide that is expected to be used in all schools. Parent advocates like Dallas Green have not been pleased with the lack of consistency in Arkansas schools when treating students with Dyslexia. Green has two children who are Dyslexic. She told Channel 7 News their disability was ignored.
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Beyond academics: What a holistic approach to learning could look like
From a child's perspective, school, extracurricular activities and home are part of the continuous experience of life. From the perspective of teachers, coaches and parents, those experiences may seem more differentiated and are thus treated separately. However, if the adults in a child's life approach his or her growth as a collaboration following a clear developmental path, every child will have a better chance at a life filled with choices and the skills to achieve goals, according to a report.
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How phonics is taught can affect how well a child learns to read
THE Journal
New readers who focus on sounding out letters rather than learning whole words tap into that part of the human brain best wired for developing reading skills. The phonics approach to teaching reading has long held sway in early learning; now educational neuroscience can prove that approach. That's the overall finding from research recently published by Stanford University, the Child Study Center at New York University's Langone Medical Center and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin.
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What you thought about minority students and special education is wrong (U.S. News & World Report)
Quest for quiet: Considering noise control as an accommodation (By: Pamela Hill)
Trauma is a hidden cause of academic struggles for many in DC, report finds (The Washington Post)
Teaching teamwork: ADHD in the classroom (ADDitude Magazine)

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100 percent is overrated
The Atlantic
At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid "You did a great job" and "You are smart" isn't subtle. That is, at least, according to one growing movement in education and parenting that advocates for retirement of "the S word."
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