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Educating children with Language Learning Disabilities and Learning Differences


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Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it
The Washington Post
Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter's fifth-grade math homework. It was a three-digit multiplication problem, and it seemed simple enough. But her 10-year-old was supposed to solve it by drawing a chart, breaking apart numbers, multiplying, adding and maybe more. "I'm lost," said Craig, a 31-year-old stay at home mother of three. And that's how she found herself in her daughter's classroom Monday night, sitting alongside other parents in child-size chairs and listening as teacher Alyshia Thomas explained new math strategies.
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Teachers favor Common Core, not the testing
The large majority of U.S. public school teachers, 76 percent, react positively to the primary goal of the Common Core — to have all states use the same set of academic standards for reading, writing and math in grades K-12. However, this positivity fades when the topic turns to using computerized tests to measure student performance (27 percent) and linking those test scores to teacher evaluations (9 percent).
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Student self-assessment: Understanding with purpose
By: Pamela Hill
Student assessments drive education. Academics are carefully measured with every student to determine at what level he is learning and if any interventions are needed to assist him for improved learning. If a student demonstrates learning difficulties that persist after a systematic plan of interventions has been used and measured, the student may be referred for special education services. It is at this point that a student is examined in a deeper manner.
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Brain 'architecture' differs in kids with dyslexia
The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to neuroimaging of the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. The behavioral characteristics of dyslexia — a reading disorder that affects up to 17 percent of the population — are well documented, including struggling to recognize and decode words as well as trouble with comprehension and reading aloud.
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Dyslexia in the general education classroom
Edutopia (commentary)
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "The following passage is about dyslexia. I want you to assume that I will be asking you a comprehension question or two when you are done. You have one minute. Go! The bottob line it thit it doet exitt, no bitter whit nibe teotle give it (i.e. ttecific leirning ditibility, etc). In fict, iccording to Tilly Thiywitz (2003) itt trevilence it ictuilly one in five children, which it twenty tercent."
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Study: High schoolers with ADHD receiving few evidence-based supports
Education Week
A little over half of high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are receiving some kind of services from their schools, such as additional time on tests or extended time to complete homework assignments, a recent study finds. But those particular supports have no reported effectiveness in improving the academic performance of students with ADHD, according to the study published in the journal School Mental Health.
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These are the states with the most students for every teacher
The Huffington Post
There are substantially more students per every teacher in California than there are in Vermont. New data released this week from the National Center for Education Statistics shows how student-teacher ratio varied by state in the 2012-2013 school year. On average, there were 16 students per every public school teacher in the country that year.
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Intervention programs target students with dyslexia
USA Today
While listening to a dyslexia interventionist specialist this spring, Tracie Luttrell started to see the faces of students who were struggling in her elementary school — faces of past students who never really thrived but ones Luttrell knew were intelligent. It was a light bulb moment for the educator. "I knew right then there was something we could do for these students," said Luttrell, principal at Flippin Elementary School.
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States backtrack on student tracking technology
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation's schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students' ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student's fingerprint, the iris of an eye or a vein in a palm. Such technologies have become increasingly common in schools, which use them to take attendance, alert parents where their children get off the school bus or speed up lunch lines.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Understanding the causes of dyslexia for effective intervention (Edutopia)
Helping parents deal with learning and attention issues (The New York Times)
Holidays vs. standards: Which curriculum rules your school? (By: Thomas Van Soelen)
Better academic support in high school crucial for low performers with ADHD (Medical Xpress)
How standing desks can help students focus in the classroom (MindShift)

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What is your district's biggest impediment to learning?
Scholastic Administrator (commentary)
Mike Looney: "Our biggest impediment is lack of time," says Looney, superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Tennessee. "We're asking students and teachers to accomplish more and to master more content than ever before." What we're doing is being creative and trying to find ways to expand opportunities for kids. We're doing before- and after-school programming. Some of our schools are actually piloting extending the school day.
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Prevention is key to stopping bullying, several experts say
The Oklahoman
Some psychologists and child development experts are concluding that many efforts to thwart bullying in schools and online have failed. New approaches are needed, they say, and the key to reducing bullying is instilling emotional intelligence in children early, as a preventative measure against becoming a bully or being victimized by one.
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Eye-opening ads show what it's like for kids with learning and attention issues
The Huffington Post
According to the National Center For Learning Disabilities, one in five kids have learning and attention issues. These two PSAs give parents a glimpse into what it's like inside the minds of their kids with learning and attention problems. The ads show parents asking their Siri-esque smartphone assistants questions about their children's problems with school and learning — only to be constantly misunderstood and given answers to completely different questions.
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