PERSONALIZED LEARNING, something that can help twice-exceptional students -- and all students -- is put in context by an article at the Hechinger Report. Over the past centuries, says the report, education went from being localized to mass produced -- resulting in less flexibility, better quality,and higher access. "Time for the next transformation... from industrial to post-industrial; from mass production to mass personalization; more flexibility, higher quality." The conclusion of the article is that "the future of learning as blended, individuated, fluid and hands-on. Learning science supports his vision. The question is whether schools can be reorganized to do the same." Find the article.
CAG CONFERENCE. The program for the CAG (California Association for the Gifted) annual conference is now online; find it.
SUMMER ADVOCACY INSTITUTE. The annual William and Mary Law Institute of Special Education is scheduled for July 29 to August 3. Says Wrightslaw, "The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law. The program will include 22+ sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.. Find out more.
TiLT PARENTING's most recent podcast is conversation about "The Art of Screen Time" with Anya Kamenetz. Says TiLT founder Debbie Reber, "In our conversation, Anya shares what she learned about kids and screen time, as well as her takeaways on the latest research surrounding screen time and differently wired kids. I can’t promise this episode will end screen time struggles in your home (if you have them), but it will give you some food for thought regarding how much is too much, what problematic screen usage looks like, and more." Find the podcast.
EDUCATION POLICY AND LAW. This week was federal budget proposal week in the United States. Here are a couple reactions to and analysis of education-related budget proposals.
- The Council for Exceptional Children frankly doesn't like the education budget proposal, stating "President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal undermines public education and neglects children and youth with exceptionalities, slashing the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by approximately 5.4 percent." Read more.
- The Associated Press says, "School choice advocates will find something to cheer in Trump’s budget," then lists reasons why. It concludes, "Overall, the budget calls for a $7.1 billion, a 10.5 percent decrease from 2017. On the chopping block is $5.9 million in teacher preparation and aftercare programs." Read more. (Scroll down to the "Education" section.)
- New research shows common patterns of genetic activity in five disorders that include autism and depression. Said a researcher, “Psychiatric disorders have no obvious pathology in the brain, but now we have the genomic tools to ask what actually goes awry in these brains.” Read more.
- Other research offers the first solid evidence that functional MRI scans of brain entropy are a new means to understanding human intelligence, according to Science Daily. "NYU School of Medicine researchers used a specialized imaging technology to measure patients' brains for entropy, the variety of nerve circuits used to interpret the surrounding world." Find the study write-up, and be advised: the use of the word "entropy" in the research may be different than you're used to.
- OCD is the subject of two recent studies. Newswise says, "UCLA researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — to predict whether people with OCD will benefit from cognitive behavior therapy." Read more. And Science Daily writes, "Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have widespread learning and memory problems, according to new research. The findings have already been used to assist adolescents with OCD obtain the help they needed at school to realize their potential -- including helping one individual go on to university." Find the study write-up.