Viewing: September, 2015

School Boards

By on September 20, 2015

I talk a lot about putting the PUBLIC back in public education. Everyone in a community is accountable for the quality of their local public schools. The bedrock mission of public education is the development of active, informed American citizens.

Independent Reading

By on September 20, 2015

Independent reading comes in several different packages, including Sustained Silent Reading (SSR), Drop Everything and Read (DEAR), reading logs, and daily independent reading at home.  Many research studies during the 1980’s and 1990’s indicated that the amount of time a

Advocacy Tool for IEP Meetings and 504 Conferences: Make a Notebook

By on September 20, 2015

In all my years of working with children with special needs, I have met three “Notebook Parents”.  Notebook Parents are wonderful sources of information about their child and powerful advocates for their child.  When a parent walks into an IEP

IQ Scores: Part Two

By on September 20, 2015

In the last article on IQ scores, we talked about the origins of IQ testing, some definitions, and the statistical basis of IQ scores. Let’s continue with a discussion of what those scores mean. Anytime your child is given a

IQ Tests: Part One

By on September 20, 2015

We can thank the French government for IQ tests! Early in the 1900’s, when universal education was mandated in France, Alfred Binet was commissioned to develop a test to identify children in need of special assistance in school. He came

Dyslexia

By on September 12, 2015

Dyslexia is a diagnosis that is widely misunderstood by parents, teachers, and the community at large. What does it mean? What are the signs? Are there effective interventions? Let’s start by addressing some myths. Most people have heard that a

Modifications and Accommodations

By on September 12, 2015

Many students require educational support to be successful in school.  These educational supports are part of differentiated education. Fairness and equality are not always the same thing, and teachers who differentiate are working to help all students become successful learners

Tools for Success

By on September 12, 2015

No one loves your child more than you do and no one knows your child better than you do.  Your participation in your child’s education and your support for your child’s school are some of the most important things you