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I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean?

Shelley Ball-Dannenberg discusses her new children's book about what its like to have a reading disability.

Reading Adventure Packs: Where the Wild Things Are

Go on a "Wild Thing" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. (Level: Kindergarten)

Listen and Look at Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity for families to learn more about their child's school and teacher. Here are some signs to look for that indicate your child is in a place where good reading instruction can take place.

Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

Parents are often the first to suspect their child has a reading problem. An expert alerts parents to some of the earliest indicators of a reading difficulty.

Coaching Kids With LD and ADHD in Sports

Coaching kids with LD and ADHD in sports involves challenges and rewards for parents and coaches alike.

Dispatches from Afghanistan

You may remember Amber Prentice, a middle school teacher we recently featured in our From the Heart section and in our "Welcoming Classroom" video. Amber is currently working in Afghanistan on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers' International Affairs Department, assisting in professional development and curricular efforts for teachers there. Amber has been blogging about her experiences for Colorín Colorado — if you'd like to ask her a question, feel free to send us an e-mail and we'll pass it along!

Grocery Store Literacy Activity Sheets

Everyday activities are a natural and effective way to begin teaching your young child about letters and words. Download and print these colorful "take-along" activities the next time you go to the grocery store or farmer's market. Turn your regular trip into a reading adventure!

Effective Reading Interventions for Kids With Learning Disabilities

Research-based information and advice for sizing up reading programs and finding the right one for your child with a learning disability.

Writing Disabilities: An Overview

Learn from an expert why some kids with learning disabilities struggle with writing and how some instructional approaches can help.

Assistive Technology Tools: Writing

Learn about assistive technology tools — from abbreviation expanders to word-recognition software programs — that address your child's specific writing difficulties.

Assistive Technology Tools: Reading

Learn about assistive technology tools — from audiobooks to variable-speed tape recorders — that help students with reading.

Reading Difficulties and Solutions for Passage-Based Reading on the SAT

In this excerpt from the LD SAT Study Guide, the author explains how to solve many of the problems that plague students while they tackle the Passage-Based Reading sections of the SAT.

Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Reading Instruction

Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Language Tips

Even if mainstream educators don't consider themselves language instructors, there are a number of things they can do in order to support their ELLs' language development, such as providing a print-rich environment and supporting academic language development.

Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Making Students Comfortable

Learning a new language is an overwhelming experience for anyone — especially if you are supposed to be learning in that new language at the same time! Here are some ideas for helping students feel more comfortable in the mainstream classroom.

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.

Making Friends With Phonemes

Phoneme awareness is the ability to identify phonemes, the vocal gestures from which words are constructed, when they are found in their natural context as spoken words. Children need phoneme awareness to learn to read because letters represent phonemes in words.

Back-to-School, for Parents!

When the back-to-school bell starts ringing, parents often hear and read school-related terms that are unfamiliar to them. Below are three terms and descriptions related to reading instruction that may help give you a better understanding of what's happening in your child's classroom and what it all means for your young learner.

Reading Adventure Pack: Dinosaurs

Go on a "dinosaur" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. (Level: First grade)

Success Attributes Among Individuals With Learning Disabilities

Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., describes the specific success attributes he and his colleagues identified in their research among individuals with learning disabilities.

Self-Advocacy: A Valuable Skill for Your Teenager with LD

Teens with LD can learn to be their own best advocates by understanding their strengths and needs, identifying their goals, and communicating those to other people.

Helping Students Improve Their Performance on Reading Comprehension Tests

This article describes some of the thought processes that can help students perform well on standardized tests of reading comprehension. It includes two reading passages along with sample test questions that call on skills that eighth grade students should master to be on track for college readiness. Also included are explanations for the correct answer choices.

Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment

On a daily basis, ELLs are adjusting to new ways of saying and doing things. As their teacher, you are an important bridge to this unknown culture and school system. There are a number of things you can do to help make ELLs' transitions as smooth as possible.

For Middle Schoolers: Activities to Build College-Level Reading Skills

ACT has developed the following list of activities to help middle-school students improve their reading ability. Parents and educators can use this information to help ensure that these students are on target for college and career readiness.

Fighting For Your Child

Having seen her older son struggle for years, Jennifer Simpson was able to recognize her daughter�s reading challenges in preschool and get her help right away.

What Is the Relationship Between ADHD and Self-Control?

Kids with ADHD can seem spaced out one minute but hyper-focused the next. Learn why this occurs — and how trouble with self-control is at the heart of this paradox.

Research Results: Depression in Children with Learning Disabilities

Dr. John Maag, an expert on depression in kids with learning disabilities, discusses research on the topic.

Building Your Child's Vocabulary

Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help them hear and read new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Recognize Early Signs of Trouble

For almost 40 percent of kids, learning to read is a challenge. So in addition to talking, reading, and writing with your child, families play another important role — being on the lookout for early signs of possible trouble.

Get Ready to Read: Screening Tool

"Get Ready to Read" is a fast, free, research-based, and easy-to-use screening tool. It consists of 20 questions that parents and caregivers can ask a four-year-old to see if he or she is on track for learning how to read.

Know When Your Child Is Struggling in School

Once your child moves into first, second, and third grade, being able to read fluently and comprehend what he or she reads become critical for future success in school.

Find Good Schools and Good Teachers

It's important to recognize what good schools look like. The quality of your child's school has a huge impact on his or her learning.

State of Learning Disabilities 2009

This comprehensive new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities provides benchmark data on the number of people in the U.S. with LD and how they are faring in schools, universities, and workplaces.

Tips on Starting a Community Service Project

A successful community service project is the result of clear objectives, thoughtful planning and coordination, savvy use of resources, and follow-through.

Youth/Adult Partnerships

This article looks at the components of creating a youth/adult partnership and what needs to be in place for a partnership to develop into a sustainable relationship.

Developmental Delay

The Night Before the Museum

Day trips, vacations and special outings create special memories and great learning opportunities for families. The time leading up to your trip can be filled with excitement and adventure too! Whether you're going to the zoo, the museum, or a state park, below are a few "stops" to make before your visit to help your child get the most out of a family or school educational experience.

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders presents age-related guidelines that can help you determine if your child's speech and language skills are developing on schedule.

Developing A Positive School Climate

What is meant by “school climate”, and how can you assess the climate at your school? Read on for helpful definitions, assessment ideas, tools, and resources.

Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities (PLC) establish a schoolwide culture that develops teacher leadership explicitly focused on building and sustaining school improvement efforts. Generally, PLCs are composed of teachers, although administrators and support staff routinely participate. Through participation in PLCs, teachers enhance their leadership capacity while they work as members of ongoing, high-performing, collaborative teams that focus on improving student learning.

How to Make the Most of Summer

This tip sheet from the Center for Summer Learning shares some things parents can do to keep kids sharp over the summer.

What Makes a Summer Learning Program Effective?

The National Center for Summer Learning identified nine characteristics of effective summer learning programs, and recommends that all summer learning providers work toward incorporating these broad characteristics into current programming.

Summer Bridge Programs

More students fail ninth grade than any other grade and many of these students ultimately drop out. Can pre-emptive interventions lead to increased graduation rates? Emerging evidence suggests that eight-grade transition programs increase pass rates, boost enthusiasm for learning, improve academic skills, enhance self-esteem, and reduce discipline problems.

Hints on How to Read Aloud to a Group

From previewing to reading with expression, here are several helpful hints for anyone preparing to read a book aloud to a group of children.

Successful Field Trips with English Language Learners

English language learners can benefit from field trips that provide an experience that enhances classroom learning. It can be overwhelming for a teacher to think of organizing all the details of a field trip, but with some planning beforehand and a few extra steps, field trips can be very successful! This article offers some ways to make the field trips with ELLs go more smoothly and to provide students with a meaningful academic experience.

Five Phases of Professional Development

Too often, teachers say that the professional development they receive provides limited application to their everyday world of teaching and learning. Here The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory shares a five-phase framework that can help create comprehensive, ongoing, and — most importantly — meaningful professional development.

Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness

College readiness is a multi-faceted concept that includes factors both internal and external to the school environment. The model presented here emerges from a review of the literature and includes the skills and knowledge that can be most directly influenced by schools.

A Definition of College Readiness

A list of knowledge, skills, and attributes a student should possess to be ready to succeed in entry-level college courses.

What Schools and Students Can Do to Foster College Readiness

If schools and students understand college readiness in a more comprehensive way, they can do more to develop the full range of capabilities and skills needed to succeed in college. At the heart of this definition is the notion that those most interested in college success will change their behaviors based on the greater guidance the definition offers on how to be college ready.

Grocery Store Literacy for Preschoolers

A simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a real learning experience for your preschooler. Below are some easy ways to build literacy and math skills while getting your shopping done at the same time!

Grocery Store Literacy

A simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a real learning experience for your child. Below are some easy ways to build literacy and math skills while getting your shopping done at the same time!

Six Games for Reading

Playing games is a great way to provide additional practice with early reading skills. Here are six games parents or tutors can use to help young readers practice word recognition, spelling patterns, and letter-sound knowledge.

School Profile: J.E.B. Stuart High School

Learn how teachers at this once low-performing school dramatically improved academic performance by focusing on student attendance and literacy.


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