Monday, March 6, 2017

Parenting, Advocacy, Resources, Policy & Politics

ADVOCACY. Parents with a purpose can make a difference, as an article at the Washington Post explains. A mom, Katherine Spurlock, "wanted to make sure that her daughter, who has dyslexia, received appropriate interventions and placement in school but learned that Montgomery County — nor any other county in Maryland and perhaps across the United States — did not compile data about how much money was being spent on early academic or behavioral interventions for students who need them." What did she do? Got state legislators to introduce legislation to address that problem. Read more.

SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS is something we often write about, but it seems that research on the topic is often contradictory. Two recent studies are no exception. According to a write-up at Science Daily, "Chances are that your children will turn out OK even though they spend hours playing video games or watching TV, according to a new study that found that there is only a negligibly small association between excessive screen time and higher levels of depression and delinquency among teenagers." Find the write-up.On the other hand, HealthDay reports on a study indicating that too much TV can make kids less ready for kindergarten -- especially lower-income kiddos. Read more.

WEBINAR FOR EDUCATORS. The CEC is holding a webinar titled "Multi-sensory Math Methodologies for Students with Learning Difficulties" on Wednesday, March 8. A fee applies. Find out more.

THE INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT offers a couple programs for which registration deadlines are coming up. One is the Catherine D. Bradley Scholarship, which the organization calls "the only merit-based, need-blind high school scholarship to highly gifted students across the United States" The deadline is April 11. Find out more. The other program is Explore, which, according to IEA, "matches high-potential and gifted high school students with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest. With the support and guidance of volunteer mentors and IEA staff, students learn about working in a variety of professional settings and advance their skills through the pursuit of knowledge and exposure to optimally challenging learning experiences." The deadline is April 10. Find out more.

TED offers two talks on this week's playlist that might appeal to you or that 2e kiddo you know. One is called "Math is forever," and TED says of the talk, "With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that’s wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for?" Find the talk. The other is titled "A science award that makes you laugh, then think," and the description of it is: "As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world's most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science — and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science." Find it.

JEN THE BLOGGER IS BACK with her first new post in months. After her hiatus, she writes that she's re-imagining chaos ("Laughing at Chaos" is the name of her blog), and she seems to have come up against -- or with, hard to tell -- a new self-concept. Future blogs will evidently not feature the goings-on of her now teenage sons whose stories used to resonate with the parents of twice-exceptional children. Find the blog post, and the usual language warnings apply.

POLICY AND POLITICS.
  • Education Week has an article raising the possibility that federal education funding would follow the student instead of flowing to the state. For kiddos needing special ed services, that's an intriguing idea. Read more
  • The Washington Post warns that civil rights enforcement in education could be rolled back in the new administration. What does that matter to the 2e community? For one, the DOE Office of Civil Rights has intervened in the past when 2e kiddos were treated inequitably. Read more
  • ESSA OVERTURN. The Council for Exceptional Children notes this: "The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn the U.S. Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities." CEC urges its members and others to write their senators against this repeal. Read more.

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