The LD Source
Apr. 3, 2014

Gifted + learning disabled = No desk for you, says new study
The Huffington Post
The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that "students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students."More

How a dyslexic neuroscientist's iPad app will boost your kid's math scores
On a recent weekday morning, a six-year-old girl with brown pigtails stared at an iPad perched on the desk in front of her. As she studied the screen, she squinted her eyes, and her brow furrowed into a pair of delicate question marks. A minute ticked by. She was still perplexed. Then suddenly, the iPad emitted a soft, triumphant-sounding ping, and her face lit up. The girl had successfully solved a mathematical puzzle in the educational software program ST Math. At adjacent desks, her first-grade classmates at Jack L. Weaver Elementary School, in Los Alamitos, Calif., were grappling with their own ST Math challenges. The room was silent, with no hint that the morning recess was just 15 minutes away. "They could do this all day," the teacher, Kathi Ruziecki, whispered.More

Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed 'enormous positive change'
The Washington Post
The Obama administration credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing "enormous positive change" in public school classrooms across the country. In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House's Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving "dramatic change."More

Teach For America to bolster special education training
Disability Scoop
A program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions across the country after just weeks of training says it will beef up its focus on special education. Teach for America said it will "strengthen" training that its participants receive on "ability-based mindsets and inclusive practices." The group also said it plans to expand alliances with local organizations in the communities where its teachers work in order to better serve students in special education. Currently, more than 10 percent of Teach for America's 11,100 teachers are working with students in special education in the nation's schools, often through inclusion environments, the organization said.More

How do we know that Race to the Top worked?
The Hechinger Report
The Obama administration is announcing major progress as its signature education policy, the Race to the Top competition, winds down and the money runs out. Many states that won a federal grant in the $4 billion program that is now entering its fourth year have followed through on promises to adopt the Common Core State Standards and launch new teacher evaluations along with an assortment of other policies, including opening new charter schools, training teachers, and offering more Advanced Placement classes. Others are still working on it.More

Expert: Teachers are 'most important variable' for dyslexic kids
The New Canaan Advertiser
"English is a great language, but it's part of the problem." Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered earlier this month to a room of parents and educators at Royle School in Darien, Conn. Gillis's visit was sponsored by Darien's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a blessing and a curse. As with any learning disability, teachers make the biggest difference with students and their ability to learn, Gillis said. "They are the most important variable," she said.More

How a dyslexic neuroscientist's iPad app will boost your kid's math scores
On a recent weekday morning, a six-year-old girl with brown pigtails stared at an iPad perched on the desk in front of her. As she studied the screen, she squinted her eyes, and her brow furrowed into a pair of delicate question marks.More

Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.More

In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.More

Technology is no substitute for a well-trained teacher
eSchool News
With the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 (IDEIA 2004), Congress introduced the Response to Intervention and Instruction framework as a way to address the diversity of students and learning issues in U.S. schools. Through early identification and intervention with students who have language and cultural differences and learning delays, the framework promises to address problems early on, thereby decreasing the number of students incorrectly assigned to receive special education services.More

5 ways Race to the Top supports teachers and students
Homeroom (commentary)
In the four years since the Obama administration announced its first Race to the Top grants, the president's signature education initiative has helped spark a wave of reform across the country, according to a new report by the White House and Department of Education. Since the Obama administration announced the first Race to the Top grants to Tennessee and Delaware four years ago — many state and local leaders, educators, and communities are deep in the hard work of education improvement, and the nation is seeing progress.More

Dyslexia is common but resources scarce in Pennsylvania
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability which makes it hard for those who have it to learn to read and write. According the Pennsylvania branch of the International Dyslexia Association, it's the most common learning disability. "15 to 20 percent of the population have some level of dyslexia." said Pittsburgh region of the Association Chairperson Christine Seppi. "That's a really huge number. Autism, which gets a lot of press, has one in 50. This is one in five or six." A one-day conference in Pittsburgh will shed light on the disorder and help parents, teachers and others better understand dyslexia.More

Time management for kids
Psychology Today
Time is a tricky concept — even for us adults. Some days seem to drag on for a year and others fly by in a minute. But understanding time helps kids to use their time well. It's a key part of executive functioning skills such as planning and prioritizing. A sense of time develops over time. Two and three year olds enjoy the predictability of routines but live mostly in the present, their sense of time involves mainly "now or not now," and they have limited ability to wait. Five and six year olds have a clearer understanding of past, present, and future. They can anticipate happy events and have some grasp of "next week" versus "tomorrow" versus "a long time ago." Seven to ten year olds have the arithmetic skills necessary to use clocks and calendars.More