Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Webinar, Movie Screenings, Education Reform, 2e-Friendly School, More

DYSLEXIA WEBINAR TODAY. Understood is presenting a live panel discussion from 3-4pm (ET) today by experts on dyslexia. Find out more.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, has two screenings this month, one at Confratute this week and one the week of the 27th at Edufest. Susan Baum, director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development, will present both screenings. If you're going to be at either conference, check out the movie!

THE STATE OF EDUCATION in the U.S. is (we think) nicely summarized in a Washington Post article about Arne Duncan highlighting his philosophy, the situation he inherited when he became Secretary, and pluses and minuses during his tenure. We realize that one's politics might affect how one views Duncan, but in this article he comes across as pretty "human" with values that many of us can appreciate. Find the article. On the same topic, an article in The New York Times covers current legislative efforts to amend NCLB; find the article. And one more thing: we discovered a website, The 74, that is focused on education reform. From its mission statement: "The Seventy Four is a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America. Our public education system is in crisis. In the United States, less than half of our students can read or do math at grade-level, yet the education debate is dominated by misinformation and political spin. Our mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve." Find it. (Maybe we can get them to take a look at the plight of twice-exceptional students.)

IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK? There's a school there that might fit 2e kiddos, The Academy Buffalo. It's a private school featuring one-on-one instruction in each subject area along with no homework. Check it out and start your due diligence.

A JAUNDICED EYE ON SPECIAL ED. An experienced educator writes at Education Week Teacher about special education and compares U.S. practices to Finland's. (Guess which nation's gets more favorable mentions.) We point you to this column because special ed might be in the cards for some twice-exceptional students, and this educator's view of the system might provide good perspective to parents of those students. Find the blog.

REMEMBER THE CASE IN MASSACHUSETTS a while ago of "medical child abuse," where a hospital and a state child welfare agency took custody of a young girl whose medical condition was unclear but whose parents were supposedly interfering in her care? A law professor almost found herself in a similar situation and writes about it in an article called "The New Child Abuse Panic." Find it.

NEW TYPE OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS. New, fast-acting compounds that treat depression with minimal side effects are under development, according to a write-up at Science Daily. The compounds focus on the neurotransmitter GABA rather than serotonin. They are yet to be tested in humans, which begs the question of how you ask a lab animal how it feels -- but anything that helps anxiety and depression in our 2e kids is welcome. Read more.

1 comment:

FlutistPride said...

I'm trying to start a #Actually2e tag trend and I have an Ask a 2e blog post. Perhaps I can help people with these answers...