Monday, December 7, 2015

Dyslexia, 2e the Movie, Bipolar Disorder, More

DECODING DYSLEXIA is the name of an organization founded in 2011 by a group of parents frustrated with schools' interventions for their children's reading problems. Since then, according to Education Week, the group has grown to have a presence in all 50 states and has influenced legislation in the U.S. The group evidently even had some sway in the recent U.S. Department of Education "Dear Colleague" letter telling schools it was okay to use the terms dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Read more.

2e TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie, is scheduled to be shown in San Ramon, California, on December 16 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The event is free; registration is required. Find out more.

BIPOLAR DISORDER IN YOUNG PEOPLE is the topic of a video by a professor of psychiatry at the site of MedScape. Near the beginning of the presentation, the professor says something that made us reframe our perception of bipolar disorder: "To begin, it's important to recognize that bipolar disorder is, in fact, a disorder of young people. The median age of onset is typically in the mid- to late-teens..." Find the presentation.

GROWTH MINDSET. Read how a 16-year-old woman's mother kept a traumatic, humiliating academic "failure" from having lasting effects. Now the young woman is a middle school counselor, and she addresses what she does to imbue a growth mindset in young people, and what parents and professionals can do to to help kids deal with frustration and potential failure. Find the article.

LOOKING TO DO SOME GOOD? Check out a posting in The New York Times Motherlode blog about a simple but likely effective way to encourage literacy and learning. Warning: it involves opening the wallet.

ALTSCHOOL is, of course, "alternative school,"  a small network of schools devoted to personalized learning. Founded by a former Google executive with "little use for traditional education," according to a news article about the schools, AltSchool "is serious about the idea that progressive education should not simply be the provenance of the well off." Find out more.

GANG: The annual SENG conference isn't until next July, but the cut-off date to submit proposals for presentations is December 31. We know there's lots of experience among the members of our 2e community, and if you think you have something to say that could benefit SENG conference attendees, we urge you to consider presenting. Find out more.

No comments: