Archive for September, 2014

Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Dyslexia

If you missed this congressional hearing titled, “The Science of Dyslexia” on September 18, 2014 you can still view at: http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-science-dyslexia Be sure to post your thoughts or comments!    

What if…

What if this year we all said “my kids can” rather than “my kids can’t”? Too often we fall into the trap of believing that our students can’t meet our expectations and so we make the mistake of lowering the bar. What if we all believed that our students can learn at the appropriate grade […]

Preschool Expansion Grant

Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, recently announced that Texas will submit an application for the federal preschool expansion grant. According to information on the Texas Education Agency website, Texas is eligible to receive a grant of up to $30 million per year for a period of four years because the state currently serves at […]

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 21−27, 2014

What do Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, The Giver, and Eric Carle’s Draw Me a Star have in common?  You guessed it!  They all appear in the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 list. These books are in good company, at least in my opinion.  Apparently there is something in each of these books that is  not acceptable to […]

Depth or Complexity Alone Isn’t Deep Enough

Depth or Complexity Alone Isn’t Deep Enough. I appreciate Ian Byrd’s comments on depth and complexity. It isn’t enough just to understand and identify the 11 elements. We need some depth and complexity in our thinking about depth and complexity!

Assistive Technology – UNITE!

By popular demand, reviving the Group of Assistive Technology Supporters (GOATS) 2 meetings have been scheduled for the upcoming year: Assistive Technology Roundtable: Fall Meeting October 15, 2014 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Abrams Site, Brazos Room Bring lunch and learn with our Texas representative from Don Johnston, Inc, Bob Keller. He will show what is […]

Network, network, network!

Have you ever wondered “Am I doing this right? Are the kids we are educating getting the best we have to offer?” Of course you have! We all want to be validated for what we do. We all have that secret desire to know what our colleagues are doing. Do I ever have an opportunity […]

Video to Inspire

  Reading is a passion of mine; I love the feel and even the scent of a book.  However, the driving force of my love of reading is that it allows me to explore worlds to which I can never really travel.  I can be any role, profession or even animal as I read.  My imagination […]