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Budget tensions cloud hopes for end to 'sequester'
Education Week
Sequestration — the across-the-board budget cuts that represent the biggest slash in federal education spending in recent history — may continue for the foreseeable future, education advocates fear, a consequence of the budget deadlock that shuttered the U.S. government and congressional brinkmanship over the debt ceiling. With those twin fiscal crises having consumed lawmakers' attention for weeks, stopping the sequestration cuts has been shoved to the side, leaving school districts likely to cope with yet another round of reductions to programs that serve the neediest children and students in special education.
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Modern technology and new approaches help kids with dyslexia
Deseret News
When Nathan Eberting finished fourth grade last spring, he received thrilling news. He was reading at grade level, something that seemed impossible a couple of years earlier. At the beginning of second grade, Nathan's reading skills were stuck at kindergarten level. His halting efforts to read were especially painful because his twin brother, Matthew, was racing through book after book. "My boys had the same home environment, the same exposure to books, the same teachers," said Kristin Eberting, Nathan's mother. "One son could read, and the other was stumbling over 'a' and 'the.'"
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Smart strategies that help students learn how to learn
MindShift
What's the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It's not just what you know. It's what you know about what you know. To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. We're comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. But the guidance we offer on the act of learning itself—the "metacognitive" aspects of learning — is more hit-or-miss, and it shows.
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Reform in a recession
Scholastic Administrator
Making lasting change to a large educational system isn’t easy even when jobs and resources are plentiful. But the last few years, since the beginning of the Great Recession — and especially since the wind-down of the federal stimulus program — have shown that making progress is extremely difficult during tough economic times. Whether reform efforts will stall out before the economy begins to rebound is anybody's guess. There are things that can get done during hard times that might otherwise be too difficult or unpopular to accomplish. A crisis should never be wasted, as Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel likes to say.
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    Mixed reviews to Common Core highlight of Education Nation town hall (The Hechinger Report)
Dyslexia is more common than you think (Health)
What the shutdown means for disability services (Disability Scoop)
How to become a super-learner with standard apps (Psychology Today)
Deciding who sees students' data (The New York Times)

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5 ways to motivate young writers and readers
Psychology Today
Little kids want to write. What can parents and preschool teachers do to capture this intrinsic motivation? Here are five fun, everyday writing activities you don’t want to miss along with educational and scientific research to back them up. In this post, education-writer Steve Peha and Dr. J. Richard Gentry share the types of activities you can do at home to motivate very young children to write and read along with some of the research that supports these everyday practices.
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Study: Help needed on strategies for teaching Common Core
Education Week
The Common Core State Standards require considerable writing across many subjects, but the standards themselves won't be enough to guide teachers to best practices in writing instruction, according to a new analysis. In a study in the current issue of School Psychology Review, researchers Gary A. Troia of Michigan State University and Natalie G. Olinghouse of the University of Connecticut used a set of 36 writing-instruction and testing practices that have been shown in prior studies to improve students' writing skills across different areas, including the writing process, context, purposes and motivation.
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EEG brainwave tests help diagnose ADHD symptoms
Medical News Today
Tests of brainwaves using EEG may be helpful in distinguishing subtypes of ADHD, helping to diagnose whether a teen's symptoms are mainly inattention or mainly hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The two subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are known as "inattentive" or "combined" and as well as telling these apart, the brain tests also help to rule out normal adolescents. The researchers, publishing their study in the journal Biological Psychiatry, say the electroencephalogram readings illustrate "that these groups display distinct physiological profiles."
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Strong parent-professional partnerships
Psychology Today
Decades of research show that when families and schools partner together, children are better positioned to reach their greatest potential as learners and active members of the school community. There's simply no doubt that parental involvement is directly linked to students with higher self-confidence and more positive attitudes toward school and learning. From better attendance and higher grades, to better homework completion rates and higher graduation rates, the most consistent predictor of high academic achievement and positive social adjustment for children is engaged parents.
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Modern technology and new approaches help kids with dyslexia
Deseret News
When Nathan Eberting finished fourth grade last spring, he received thrilling news. He was reading at grade level, something that seemed impossible a couple of years earlier. At the beginning of second grade, Nathan's reading skills were stuck at kindergarten level.

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Navigating special education disputes in schools
District Administration Magazine
Given the increase in students diagnosed with disabilities and the costs involved in serving them, district leaders who want to provide the proper instruction and care, and avoid costly litigation, must stay abreast of the law.

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New ADHD test is progress against skepticism
The Boston Globe
For years, the growth in the number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has prompted skeptics to ask whether the condition is over-diagnosed. Couldn't some of the nearly one in 10 adolescents diagnosed in the United States just be more rambunctious than their classmates?

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What makes a successful tutor?
Edutopia
Several things become apparent after tutoring for 20 years. For one, the number of students working with tutors continues to grow. Two, working 1:1 with students is immensely gratifying, both for the tutor and tutee. And three, a few specific yet generalized characteristics become crystalized about all successful tutors.
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Therapy dogs help bring special needs kids out of their shells
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tuesdays are 13-year-old Monica Nunez-Gutierrez's favorite day. It is the day she gets to see one of her special friends, Rosie, a furry medium-sized Collie from the K9 Therapists of Las Vegas group. Rosie and other dogs from the group visit Laura Rehfeldt's special education class at Bailey Middle School in Las Vegas on Tuesdays. Children play with the dogs and read aloud to them in a partnership with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society's Tales to Tails program.
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Shutdown leaves hollow staffing at education department
Education Week
Until Oct. 1, Jenelle Leonard served as the director of school support and rural programs within the U.S. Department of Education. Then the federal government shut down, leaving 4,000 of the department's workers, including Ms. Leonard, without a paycheck. What about Laura G. Johns, senior program advisor for the Office of Educational Technology? And Samuel Lopez, education program specialist at the office of English Language Acquisition? Yep, them too. Most of the Education Department's phone lines now end up giving callers the same message: "There's a temporary shutdown of the U.S. government due to a lapse in appropriations. I will respond to your message as soon as possible after the temporary shutdown ends."
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