Monday, November 20, 2017

Serving Those with LDs, 2e and Honors Classes, Dyslexia, and More

LDs AND INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. Remember last year's investigation by the Houston Chronicle revealing that school districts in Texas were capping the number of students enrolled in special ed services? As a result of that investigation, the Texas Education Agency has now stated that it is obligated to serve all students needing special ed, and the number of students served has grown by about 14,000. Read more.

ENDREW F. Two recent items deal with the Endrew F case decided this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hechinger Report clarifies what the ruling meant in terms of the rights of students with disabilities, in this case ASD. For example, Hechinger says, "...parent-advocates should hesitate to 'overreach' and leverage the case as a tool to make unreasonable demands, which may not accord with the Endrew holding and may only perpetuate a counterproductive 'parent versus school' narrative." Read more. And Chalkbeat describes how the parents of Endrew are resisting being painted as the "poster family" for school choice by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Find out why.

DUKE TIP offers a Q&A column at its website, and a recent question dealt with getting a 2e student into honors classes -- the trade-off between challenge and engagement versus workload, plus the question of accommodations. Find the Q&A, and note that the column invites questions from readers.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. This organization presented a "summit" on the topic of mental health needs of children and adolescents and the need for parents, teachers, and children to be aware of mental health disorders. Hillary Clinton was one of three participants. You can read a summary or see a video of the summit at the site of the Child Mind Institute; go there.

DYSLEXIA is the topic of three recent items:
  • District Administration describes how schools that understand dyslexia and intervene early help students succeed. Read more
  • Education Dive tells how universal screening for dyslexia in kindergarten and first grade can help students succeed. Read more
  • And Medical News Today describes dyslexia in adults. Read more
  • Jen the Blogger turns to verse with a piece called "I See You" about recognizing the twice-exceptional, believing in them, and advocating for them. Find it
  • Julie Skolnick reflects on "letting go" of your 2e kiddo; her starting point is her daughter's junior year in high school, which gets her thinking... Find it
PROFESSIONAL'S RESOURCE. One of the contributors to 2e Newsletter pointed us to the second edition of the book The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: Learning and Functioning with Diversity. Our contributor says this about the book: "The intended audience is allied professionals in related fields who have interdisciplinary perspectives.... In particular, there is a case study in chapter 5 is of a 2e student across the lifespan." Find out more at Amazon.

EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY. Regardless of our individual political views, we in the 2e community are all advocates for governmental efforts to recognize and serve twice-exceptional students, we believe. As advocates, it's incumbent upon us to pay attention to what's happening at the federal level and express our support or our displeasure with what we see. Here are recent items concerning law and policy in education in the United States.
  • The president has nominated a candidate to be the top official responsible for special education. The post, according to Disability Scoop, is "tasked with overseeing the federal government’s implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other laws." Read more
  • In Teen Vogue, the former Secretary of Education offers his views on how education in the U.S. has changed over the past year. His opinion: "The promise of the American Dream is under assault, and we need action to preserve it." Find it
  • And an article in The Washington Post describes how the current Secretary of Education is moving toward her goal, "to return control of education back to states, localities and parents." Read more

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