"ARIZONA IDOL" -- actually two education idols -- were honored by having a school named for them. The idols of school founder Dana Sempil Herzberg inspired her to rename her school for diverse learners, including those who are twice-exceptional. So the On-Track Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, is now called the Jones-Gordon School. Read more.
HR 3033, the READ Act, has passed the U.S. House and Senate and will be sent to the President. The bill's full title: "To require the President's annual budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct research on dyslexia." Sounds like a worthwhile bill; it's given 30 percent chance of enactment. Find the text of the bill.
DEPRESSION is in the news this week:
- Many depressed teenagers don't get follow-up treatment after diagnosis with depression, according to a study. Read more.
- Ketamine may get support soon from the American Psychiatric Association for use in treatment-resistant depression. Find out more.
- Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS. Read a press release.
- Johnson & Johnson has a drug in clinical trials that seeks to treat depression by reducing inflammation in the body. Read more.
- And if you still want to find out more, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation is sponsoring a "Meet the Scientist" webinar called "Early Emergence of Depression: Understanding Risk Factors and Treatment" on February 9th. Learn more.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Jen the Blogger tells all in "What I've Learned from Four Years of Reluctantly Homeschooling a Twice-exceptional Kid." Well, not all -- but a list of 10 things learned from her experience. Find the blog.