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Learning & School

MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia [downloadable]

Millions of Americans struggle to read and it’s often because they have dyslexia. An estimated five to 20 percent of kids are dyslexic but some don’t realize it. These students’ dyslexia go unnoticed and they struggle in school with feelings of inadequacy. Others fight to get basic services required by federal law. Read more ›

Changing U.S. Students’ Mindsets about Learning Improves Academic Achievement

In the United States, many students’ grades drop in the transition between middle school and high school and often never recover. This drop can lead to students underperforming in their high school coursework or opting out of more challenging coursework, which can make them less likely to graduate high school prepared for college. Read more ›

No More ‘At-Risk’ Students in California

A bill to remove references to “at-risk youth” and replace the term with “at-promise youth” in California’s Education Code and Penal Code was approved by California governor Gavin Newsom in mid-October.  The bill does not change the definition of “at risk,” it merely replaces it with “at promise.” Read more ›

Why Teachers Are So Excited About the Power of Sketchnoting

Most of us doodle at one time or another… Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, can transform those doodles into a tool that helps our students deepen their understanding of a concept. Are you interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom? Read on!
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Anxiety and Twice Exceptional (2e) Child [downloadable]

Students who are twice-exceptional (2e) have tremendous intellectual gifts alongside a wide range of possible learning challenges — attention differences, slow processing speed, social immaturity, and/or weak executive function skills, just to name a few of the possibilities. Read more ›

State Policies That Address Dyslexia [web resource]

The National Center on Improving Literacy features a 50-state overview of dyslexia requirements, initiatives and legislation, which can be filtered to show state screening requirements. Read more ›

What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Bullying in Schools?

Bullying occurs everywhere, even in the highest-performing schools, and it is hurtful to everyone involved, from the targets of bullying to the witnesses—and even to bullies themselves.  What are the best practices for preventing bullying in schools? That’s a question explores with her colleague Marc Brackett from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in a recent paper that reviewed dozens of studies of real-world bullying prevention efforts. Read more ›

Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Whether you have someone in your family or school who’s on the spectrum or are just looking for a compelling read, these books, recommended by Common Senses Media, deliver. Read more ›

5 Strategies to Engage Students with Attention Issues

Engaging students with attention issues and ADHD—rather than just managing their behavior—should be a goal for every teacher. Teachers worry, though, that they will have to create a separate curriculum or otherwise alter how they teach. Read more ›

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