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A Match Made by Design Not Accident

In high school, LD-identified students are given the services they need. But in college, the students must be their own advocates. So along with checking out the cafeteria food, the student must check out the disability support services available. Check out some tips to help with evaluating the campus climate, and for choosing the environment you need.

ADD-Decade of of the Brain Booklet (NIMH)

Toddling Toward Reading: Selected Facts

What Should an Assessment System Look Like?

The developmental nature of reading means that diagnosing the reading comprehension ability of adolescents is more challenging than diagnosing reading comprehension among third graders. In particular, assessments should not only capture the increased sophistication of the reading task in the middle and high school years, but should also capture the specialization of the many tasks that comprise reading comprehension for older readers. Educators must think carefully not only about what the assessments they use consider "grade-level" text, but also how those assessments capture or fail to capture the processes involved in reading in different content-area classes.

"Dos and Don'ts" for Fostering Social Competence

It can be difficult to help children develop social skills when it does not always come naturally to them. These quick tips offer ways for parents and teachers to foster social development in children with learning disabilities.

"Learning Disabilities" Movement Turns 50

Fifty years ago, the learning disabilities (LD) advocacy movement began. This article by Landmark College education professor Dr. Jim Baucom explores the history of the movement and future directions. The article originally appeared on the Washington Post web site on April 12th, 2013.

¿Qué son las discapacidades de aprendizaje?

Como padre, puede que está familiarizado con el término "impedimentos del aprendizaje". Aún así, parece que hay demasiados tipos, y cada maestro o profesional que trabaja con usted tiene diferentes términos o maneras de describir a su hijo o hija. La siguiente discusión puede ayudarle a poner estos términos y conceptos en perspectiva.

¿Qué Tal Habla y Oye Su Niño?

Cada niño es un caso único y se desarrolla a su propio ritmo. Esta tabla representa el promedio de la edad a la que la mayoría de los niños dominan destrezas en oír, comprender, y hablar.

"I'm Done, Now What?": A List of Things Students Can Do After Seat Work

Children work at different paces. Here are some suggestions for how to keep your speedy workers occupied while their classmates finish their assignments.

'Welcome Kit' for New ELLs

"A Welcome Kit" is a packet of school information and other supplies that will contribute to a positive beginning by including relevant school information and other academic supplies, no matter when the student enrolls. I recommend that a school administrator and a couple of key staff members meet to decide what should go in the Welcome Kit. Summer is a perfect opportunity to make up a stack of Welcome Kits in order to have them readily available throughout the year as new ELL students enroll. The Kits can be tailored by grade level to include appropriate academic items.

10 Great Ways to Celebrate National Library Week with Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled a list of program ideas to help librarians celebrate National Library Week with teens in their library.

10 Signs of a Great Class for 3-6 Year Olds

How do you know you've found a great preschool, child care center, or kindergarten for your child? Here are 10 signs to look for from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

10 Steps for Parents: If Your Child Has a Learning Disability

If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, there are many things you can do to support him. Here are 10 ideas to get you started!

10 Steps in the Special Education Process

The special education process under IDEA is designed to ensure that each individual child's needs are carefully considered and addressed. Learn ten steps in the special education process, from evaluation to reviewing student progress.

10 Strategies to Enhance Students' Memory

Effective and efficient memory is critical for reading and school success. Here are 10 strategies to help children develop their memories.

10 Things Mainstream Teachers Can Do Today

These ten simple tips can help make school more welcoming and more successful for the English language learners in your class.

10 Things You Can Do to Raise a Reader

Parents are a child's first teacher, and there are many simple things you can do every day to share the joy of reading while strengthening your child's literacy skills.

10 Tips for Software Selection for Math Instruction

Technology can help students learn math. They work harder and enjoy learning more. But how can you choose the right technology? Read these ten tips to select software that works for your learning disabled students. Some sample tips: You need software that is a) modifiable b) has small increments between levels, and c) has good record-keeping capabilities.

10 Ways to Support ELLs in the School Library

The school library is an important resource for English language learners. It may be the first place many students and their families get experience using a lending library. What can school librarians can to show ELLs that libraries are welcoming places of entertainment and enrichment? This article offers some ideas.

10 Ways to Use Poetry in Your Classroom

From activating prior knowledge to exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading and writing lessons.

10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary

Drawing on research-based principles of vocabulary instruction and multimedia learning, this article presents 10 strategies that use free digital tools and Internet resources to engage students in vocabulary learning. The strategies are designed to support the teaching of words and word learning strategies, promote students' strategic use of on-demand web-based vocabulary tools, and increase students' volume of reading and incidental word learning.

10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids

It's not hard to help your children keep their interest in reading and learning during the summer break. Here are ten weeks of suggestions to encourage your children to open books even after school doors close.

103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading

This article offers a collection of interactive activities that help kids become more involved in the stories that they read.

12 Components of Research-Based Reading Programs

Research-based reading instruction allows children opportunities to both understand the building blocks and expand their use of language, oral and written. These opportunities are illustrated by classroom activities in these twelve components of reading instruction for grades one through three.

12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country

From preserving our past to breaking down boundaries, libraries serve to improve our democracy and our lives. Learn twelve ways they improve our country in this tribute to libraries.

13 Things Families Can Do

Families play a pivotal role in helping young children learn how to read. This collection of tips will help you get started.

15 Principles for Reading to Deaf Children

This article describes research-based principles and best practices for reading to deaf children. The underlying principle is a positive belief in the children's ability to become strong, enthusiastic readers.

15 Strategies for Managing Attention Problems

Here are 15 tactics that may help children enhance attention and manage attention problems.

21st Century Literacies

Because success with technology depends largely upon critical thinking and reflection, teachers with relatively little technological skill can provide useful instruction. But schools must support these teachers by providing professional development and up-to-date technology for use in classrooms.

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun

Doing activities with your children allows you to promote their reading and writing skills while having fun at the same time. These activities for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers includes what you need and what to do for each one.

5 Reasons Not to Use Round Robin Reading with ELLs

5 Simple Homework Strategies to Help Your Child

Just as your children have schedules and expectations each day at school, it is important to have them at home as well. These five tips will jump-start your homework routine and make the process easier for everyone.

7 Things to Know About the 1 in 5 with Learning and Attention Issues

The term "learning and attention issues" covers a wide range of challenges kids may face in school, at home and in the community. It includes all children who are struggling whether their issues have been formally identified or not. Learning and attention issues are brain-based difficulties, and they often run in families. Find resources that can help kids be successful in school and in life!

75 Authors/Illustrators Everyone Should Know

This list is meant to introduce children, and the adults who care for them, to newer books in the field of children's literature. This list is organized by age range and then by the author's last name.

9 Components of Effective, Research-Supported Reading Instruction

We know from research that an effective reading program must address several aspects of reading. Among others, these aspects include the alphabetic code, fluency, comprehension, and motivation.

9 Technology Tips to Support Study Skills

Moony Luna/Luna, Lunita Lunera – Reading Activities

Moony Luna is a bilingual book, set in a bilingual classroom, which makes it the perfect book to use for bilingual classroom activities.

Featherless/Desplumado Cross-Curricular Activities

Activities to use with the book Featherless/Desplumado for Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Math, and Science.

Reading Activities

Juguemos con el lenguaje/The Joy of Talking With Young Children

Parents, child-care providers, and teachers can take ideas from this practical guide to language and literacy development for Spanish-speaking children, ages four to eight years old.

A Beach Bag Full of Summer Learning Resources

Learning shouldn't stop just because school is out. Here are some ideas to keep students reading, writing and thinking all summer long.

A Brief History of Reading First

In 1997, Congress approved the creation of a National Reading Panel (NRP) to initiate a national, comprehensive, research-based effort on alternative instructional approaches to reading instruction and to guide the development of public policy on literacy instruction (Ramírez, 2001).

A Chance to Read: Access Granted

A Chance to Read: How I See Words

A Chance to Read: Images

A Chance to Read: Molly Ringwald

A Chance to Read: Q&A with Bob Ringwald

A Chance to Read: Signs of Literacy

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