The LD Source
Sep. 17, 2015

Rep. John Kline is still optimistic on No Child Left Behind rewrite this year
The Washington Post
Congress has not yet officially launched a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate revisions of No Child Left Behind. But Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, says that he is still hopeful that lawmakers will be able to send a bill to the president's desk by the end of the year. More

How can you get students with LD to change their behavior and habits?
By: Howard Margolis
Many parents of children with educational disabilities know their children need to rid themselves of behaviors and habits that jeopardize their future. They need to develop ones that propel and sustain progress. Thus, a critical question plaguing parents, teachers and researchers is: "How can we help children make changes vital to their future?" A more precise way of saying this is: "How can we help children develop the behaviors and habits vital to their futures?"More

Your IEP toolbox: 3 resources for better ADHD accommodations
ADDitude Magazine
Everyone agrees that your ADHD child needs, and is entitled to, services and accommodations at school. Accessing that support, and making sure it addresses your child's challenges, isn't easy, however. Here are three resources that will clear the way for success. More

Reading teaching in schools can kill a love for books
The Conversation (commentary)
Ryan Spencer, a contributor for The Conversation, writes: "Reading instruction in the classroom is a key concern for all teachers and there are many ways to go about it. However, is our determination to achieve excellence in reading skills in our children killing their love and enjoyment of a good book? In my work with parents, I am frequently asked the best ways to encourage and motivate reluctant readers to be engaged with books. Parents report that their children return home from school with no inclination to pick up a book and read. Any avid reader will gladly talk about the joy of curling up with a good book to read away the hours on a cold, rainy afternoon. Reading a good book is one of life's greatest pleasures."More

ESEA high on agenda of education issues as Congress returns
Education Week
Fresh off a five-week summer sabbatical, members of Congress confront a handful of pressing education issues, high among them brokering a path forward for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, with dueling bills having already passed in both chambers. Perhaps most urgent, however, the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and House and Senate appropriators have yet to pass a spending bill to fund the government past then. When they return, they'll have just 10 legislative working days to negotiate a funding plan for federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and its programs.More

Transitioning to college: The responsibility shift
By: Pamela Hill
More students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college than in the past. However, they are also dropping out of college at a higher rate than their peers. Why? The students often do not reveal their disability to college personnel. As students with learning disabilities begin their fall semester at the college or university of their choice, they are ultimately responsible for seeking educational accommodations and modifications that previously were provided to them.More

Which common educational myth limits student achievement?
Psychology Today
One of the most common misconceptions regarding teaching and learning is the belief in using personalized instructional strategies with specific students based on the perception of the student's "learning style" preference. Learning styles are typically defined as "the view that different people learn information in different ways" (Pashler, McDaniel, Rohrer, & Bjork, 2009, p. 106). After all, it makes intuitive sense that a person who prefers to read might find listening to a lecture boring, and someone who dislikes reading will learn more by watching a video. This differentiated presumption often leads to a revision in teaching methods by educators who strive to meet the alleged individualized needs of learners. More

Parents, teachers agree: More hands-on learning in science classes needed
Education World
For the past 20 years, Bayer has annually issued a survey to assess science education and development in the United States. Recently, it released the findings of this year's surveys and found that a majority of both parents and teachers agree that science education needs more emphasis, particularly when it comes to hands-on learning experiences. The Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey was conducted through a telephone survey of 1,009 adults with children in K-5 grade levels and 1,002 teachers who teach grades K-5.More

1 tutor + 1 student = better math scores, less fear
NPR
Math can be as scary as spiders and snakes, at least in the brain of an 8-year-old child. And that early anxiety about dealing with numbers can put a child at a significant disadvantage, not only in school but in negotiating life and a career. Fortunately, a study of third-graders, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests an intervention that can help. One-on-one tutoring does more than teach kids, the researchers say. It calms the fear circuitry in the brain.More

Nipping ADHD and conduct disorder
Psychiatric Times
New research suggests predictors of adolescent ADHD and conduct disorder can be identified — and intercepted — in school-age children. According to a recent study, it is crucial to identify and remedy "bad" behavior and low academic performance during kindergarten. If these 2 modifiable factors occur together in a young child and are allowed to persist, the odds that the child will display severe symptoms of comorbid ADHD and conduct disorder are 8 to 1. It is well-known that children with comorbid ADHD and conduct disorder engage in more delinquency behaviors than their peers. More

Support for Common Core continues to wane
Brookings
The 2015 Education Next poll on school reform was recently released. The survey provides deep insight into how Americans view education issues. The data on the declining support for the Common Core state standards are particularly interesting. With this most current release, there are now four years of surveys of public opinion on the national education standards. There appears to be a clear pattern of increasing opposition from both sides of the political aisle.More

When home is tough, making students feel good at school
NPR
In a classroom in the Bronx borough of New York City on a recent school day, a little boy in a green shirt got very frustrated. He was sitting on the floor with his fellow second-graders as they were going over a math problem with their teacher, when he suddenly turned away from the group and stamped his feet. It seemed like he was mad that she had called on another student. But instead of reprimanding him, the teacher asked him to chime in.More