Monday, February 20, 2017

Reading, Writing, RTI, and More

MOTHERWELL, a digital publication about modern parenting, has published a piece called "When reading at grade level is not good enough." Two factors are behind the title: the writer's own self-admitted perfectionistic tendencies, and the fact that her seemingly smart daughter doesn't have the same proficiency at or interest in reading as her peers. The mom's conundrum: "Like everyone else, I have to figure out how to parent my child without strapping my demons on her back, while simultaneously giving her what she needs to succeed." Read more.

SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES posted a new piece today, also on the topic of reading. It's called "Does Your Child's Reading Program Make the Grade?" It focuses on five key components of reading: phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Find the article.

GIFTED DEVELOPMENT CENTER. Psychologist Linda Silverman writes at this site about writing difficulties in gifted kiddos, a not uncommon occurrence. She covers causes, a diagnostic checklist, and possible accommodations. Find the blog.

INSPIRED ATTENTION. Kimberly King has posted a blog entry sharing her perspectives on twice-exceptionality as "a grown up twice exceptional person who works with 2e people and families. I [also] have a house full of them." She offers some new and interesting metaphors for twice-exceptionality and validates everyday thoughts and feelings of those in the 2e community. For example: "How can you love learning and hate school? Think of the tiger in Antarctica. Tiger loves to hunt and eat and cannot do so in an environment that does not value any of the tiger’s strengths and instincts, not to mention a tiger stands out like a sore thumb on white snow." Find the blog.

TECA. The group Twice-Exceptional Children's Advocacy has issued its February newsletter. In it is an article on self-help -- being able to take care of others well because you take good care of yourself -- and an article written by an attorney on preparing for an IEP meeting. Find TECA's newsletter.

POLICY WONKS may find an article at the site of Education Week about RTI -- variances in implementation across districts, its role in ESSA, and more. One contention is that RTI's "soft spot" might be in identifying students with LDs. Find the article.

THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA -- the Program for International Student Assessment, that is. We've noted previously that U.S. scores in this test tend to be middle-of-the-pack. Valerie Strauss, in The Washington Post, uncovers some reasons for that, and the reasons might not be so much the U.S. as the way some other countries administer the test. Find the article, titled "Three global indexes show that U.S. public schools must be doing something right."

LATER HIGH SCHOOL START TIMES. Higher attendance and graduation rates are the result, says an article from Reuters. "Mixed results," says an article at U.S. News. You figure it out.

BRAIN STUDY IN ADHD. A large study has found that overall brain volume is smaller in children with ADHD, particularly in five of seven regions: the caudate nucleus, putamen, nucleus accumbens, amygdala, and hippocampus. The researchers "suggest that their findings show that ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by delayed development in several brain regions," according to Medical News Today. Find the study write-up.

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