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Learning Disabilities and/or Dyslexia– the Future and a Child’s Potential

The term “disability” is sometimes a hard word to hear for a parent at an ARD meeting at school.  The feeling of a significant loss for the potential of a child’s future can overtake a parent at such a time.  It is important to share stories such as the one below that illustrates that the future […]

May is Foster Care Month

  National Foster Care Month is an important time to reflect on students impacted by foster care. Continuing to work in new ways to promote school success, school stability and encourage students in foster care is of the utmost importance. Preparing students to be career and college ready and taking steps to encourage successful transitions […]

Child’s Perspective

If you haven’t subscribed to the web-based newsletter, Understood, I recommend it for any parent or teacher.  It provides valuable information and research-based strategies for helping students who struggle with learning.  Today’s email alert brought to my mailbox some very powerful information and resources that I thought was imperative to share with you all today.  […]

What Have WE Learned About the 30 Million Word GAP?

  I think it is very important for parents and educators to stay informed regarding learning research.  So, in my quiet time this morning, I came across an interview with one of the premier researchers regarding the correlation between language development and reading success.  What Dr. Miller has to report is critical information especially for parents and teachers […]

Avoiding the Fog

Today I was reading a paper written by Bill Dagget, ED.D entitled, Finding Clarity Amid the Fog of External Demands; How Rapidly Improving Schools and Districts are Taking Control and Putting Students First.  In this article he profiles several issues that all schools and school staff face as more mandates and external pressures are placed […]

Results-driven Accountabilty

The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs recently announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs. Under this new framework, known as Results-Driven Accountability, the federal office has tilted the balance from a system focused primarily on procedural compliance to one that emphasizes improved educational results for […]

10 Holiday Stressors for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

I was reading a blog by Amanda Morin in the latest issue of UNDERSTOOD and thought that this blog could provide timely information for teachers and parents/families and could also provide some insights to what we all can do to help kids with disabilities cope during this holiday season.  I share her information with you to help […]

Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is for everyone of us— not just those with the title that implies leadership.  Do you want to make a difference?  Do you want to work with others to make positive improvement on the job?  Do you want to help students get ready to be independent?  If you answered yes to any of […]

Proposed New Regulations for Military Families

The Department of Defense has issued proposed revisions to their special education regulations that impact schools operated by DoDEA. The present regs do not provide for a child with a disability who moves from a public school with an IEP to a DoDEA school to be entitled to a “comparable” IEP. However, the civilian child […]

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Press Release from the U.S. Department of Education. Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools 10/21/2014 10:17 AM EDT   As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not […]