Monday, February 29, 2016

ESSA and UDL, Dyslexia, SENG Conference, More

UDL AND ESSA. An article in Education Week about what's in the Every Student Succeeds Act notes that the act contains references to universal design for learning. UDL is a strategy that encourages the use of multiple ways for students to receive and express content, and, as such, is of benefit to 2e learners. From the article: "Universal design for learning is for any student. But it is seen as particularly important for students with disabilities, English-language learners, and others who might struggle with more traditional methods of teaching and testing." Read more.

DYSLEXIA: WHERE WE'RE AT. An article at the site of KQED, a public media outlet for northern California, reprises findings from a five-part series on the topic of dyslexia and offers five take-aways to keep in mind. Number 1: dyslexia isn't a disorder, "it's a different brain." The other takeaways cover assistive technology, teacher training, the danger of overlooking talents in people with dyslexia, and how dyslexia-induced failure can follow young people into their adult lives. Find the article.

SENG has begun publicizing its annual conference, this year scheduled for July 21-24 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Of note: "The James T. Webb Scholarship currently extends the opportunity for identified gifted and talented students from culturally diverse populations and their parents to participate in the SENG Annual Conference." Find out more about the conference. Separately, Meredith Warshaw, a member of the 2e Newsletter Editorial Advisory Board, has a short piece in the current SENG Vine newsletter. It's titled, "The Challenge of the Highly Gifted Special Needs Child." Sound familiar? Find it.

ADVOCACY. Twice Exceptional Advocate Moms (TEAM) is the name of a group of parents and caregivers in the metropolitan area around Washington, DC. Among upcoming "meetups" is one featuring Rich Weinfeld on the topic of "developing 2e and Asperger's programs in schools." Find out more. (If you are a part of a similar group in another location, please let us know and we'll share information with readers in this blog and our semi-monthly briefing.)

ADOLESCENTS AND THE INTERNET. If you feel that your teen's Internet use is a problem -- even a compulsion or an addiction -- you might be interested at an article at the site of Psychology Today. It discusses the results of a study on the topic and offers some advice for dealing with the issue. Find the article.

ADDITUDE has released its annual guide to camps and schools for children with learning differences. Find it.

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