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Neurons to Butterflies Fascinating piece from PBS, about Rebecca Kamen, an artist with dyslexia. In a nod to the field of neuroscience, she fashions abstract sculptures, inspired by neurons and her experiences with dyslexia. Those persistent struggles were what influenced Kamen to study art in the first place. Admitted to college on probation, Kamen chose […]

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Glad they’re thinking “changes” and updating. Call me skeptical however, but I’m not convinced. Changes to SAT in 2016

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Engineer Celebrates Bar Mitzvah at 65 Man with severe dyslexia decides to persevere and learn Hebrew in order to have his Bar Mitzvah, at age 65. It’s never too late.

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Well-done piece in NY Times about teacher preparation. There are widespread holes in teacher preparation programs, including how reading is still taught with an emphasis on guessing instead of a more analytic and systematic approach. How America prepares its teachers has been a subject of dismay for many years. In 2005 Arthur Levine, then the […]

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Stay tuned. Not much information explained. Hopefully this school will get its act together. Principal replaced at school for students with dyslexia

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Looking forward to seeing this documentary film, “Dislecksia”, by Harvey Hubbell.

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Vision Therapy to Address Learning Disabilities? One L.A. School Official Says ‘Scam’ I know there are well-meaning people who advocate for vision therapy as an effective way to treat certain aspects of learing disorders. As with most enterprises there are scams and a risk of over-selling. Certain kids need vision training. Most kids with reading […]

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The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s an inspiring and on-going story of […]

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Many of you have heard of Temple Grandin. She’s a professor at Colorado State University, known for her ability to think in pictures in similar way, she says, to animals. She gained initial recognition by applying that ability and her affinity with animals, by revolutionizing the business of animal husbandry and humane treatment even within […]

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Vision and Dyslexia, Unrelated Here’s another study, based on pretty sophisticated brain imaging that shows that visual system processing and dyslexia are not linked. While there is little debate that visual processing is important in reading and learning, the evidence piles up that when it comes to dyslexia, the most common cause of reading and […]

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In Raising Scores, 1 2 3 Is Easier Than A B C Given that this article looks at the performance of low income students, I’m sure this is a multi-faceted issue, but it seems to be more evidence that teachers need more and different training in the science of reading instruction.

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Kids’ Hilarious First Reactions to Food Caught on Camera Had to post this one. Great facial, muscular reactions by little kids. I must admit I had a pretty similar reaction to Vegemite the first (and only) time I tried it. Enjoy.

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