Local student advocates for children with dyslexia

Leominster Champion | on July 21, 2017 Submitted to The Champion BOSTON — Christian Chatalian, an 8-year-old student from Leominster, attended Dyslexia Advocacy Day at the State House on June 22. Christian and his mother Christina met with Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) to discuss the importance of the legislation. The legislation would require early screening in kindergarten and… Continue reading Local student advocates for children with dyslexia

Charting the rich history of dyslexia advocacy

A new website from Oxford University sheds light on the organizations and individuals that moved the needle on societal understanding. By DAVID M. PERRY JUL 21, 2017 I have been dyslexic my whole life, and a historian for 20 years. Though these two experiences are fundamental to my identity, I had never paused to consider what… Continue reading Charting the rich history of dyslexia advocacy

Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Building and retrieving memories takes place in stages through information encoding, storage in patterns of relational memories, and restimulating these neuronal pathways by review each time the memory is accessed and used. Familiarity increases recall so students with memory-based learning difficulties can preview the coming lesson by skimming the new section in… Continue reading Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

“Just Read, Florida” means the way to get students to read is to just insist they do it

Peter Greene writes here about the latest setback to Florida parents challenging the state’s law requiring that students take and pass the third grade test or be flunked. Peter explains why this law is useless, although it does have the result of inflating fourth grade scores. We’ve been following this story for a while. Florida […]… Continue reading “Just Read, Florida” means the way to get students to read is to just insist they do it

Dyslexia: Accessing technology so students can reach their full potential

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Stacey Harvey was driving with her young son Cole in the back seat on an afternoon just like any other. The two were having a casual conversation when Cole suddenly asked, "What if I never learn how to read?" "He was really fearful, thinking he might not ever read," Stacey recalled.… Continue reading Dyslexia: Accessing technology so students can reach their full potential

Every Student Succeeds Act: some states are using the law’s flexibility while others are making more limited changes

Politico discusses the state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act and raises the question: Why are these uninformed, distant, unqualified people allowed to tell schools what to do? Betsy DeVos and everyone she has appointed hates public schools. Why should they be trusted to give them instructions? Left to her own devices, DeVos […]… Continue reading Every Student Succeeds Act: some states are using the law’s flexibility while others are making more limited changes

Arizona: Above the minimum of 75,000 signatures by the Aug. 8 deadline

Good news from Arizona. Supporters of the state’s underfunded public schools say they are on track to collect enough signatures to block the expansion of vouchers and force a referendum. “Save Our Schools spokeswoman Dawn Penich-Thacker says the group isn’t releasing an exact count of the number of signatures it has collected so far. But […]… Continue reading Arizona: Above the minimum of 75,000 signatures by the Aug. 8 deadline