Saturday, July 15, 2017

Educational Links 7/16/17

Using Music As An Emotional Tool

Has new public funding for a church playground emboldened parochial schools seeking vouchers?

Betsy DeVos Invited to Address Annual Special Education Conference

4 Terrific Teacher Communities for Summer PD

Build Critical Reading Skills With Useful Chrome Extension

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues


In the inclusive classroom, special and general educators complement each other. Before inclusive education was part of the educational landscape, special and general educators had different roles. Here are a few ways that the roles of special and general educators have evolved.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Educational Links 7/15/17

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

Student Trauma Is Real. But Connection Can Heal.

Summer Learning Happens at Home

The Difference Between Dysgraphia and Expressive Language Issues

Afghan Girls Robotics Team Allowed To Enter U.S. For Competition

What Happens When the Teacher is the Bully?

Prospects Seem Dim for Trump School Choice Initiative This Year

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came to Washington primarily to do one thing: Use the power of her office to expand school choice, her passion for decades.
Members of her own party appeared to deal a major blow to that goal Thursday, when the House panel charged with overseeing education spending approved a bill that doesn't include two of DeVos' big budget asks: using an education research program to offer school vouchers, and allowing Title I dollars to follow students to the school of their choice

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Educational Links 7/14/17

The Impact of a Visiting Artist Program

Class Participation: What Behaviors Count?

How Sensory Processing Issues Can Affect Motor Skills

As Schools Tackle Poverty, Attendance Goes Up, But Academic Gains Are Tepid

At a Glance: 5 Factors of Emotional Intelligence

Transitions Welcoming ways to start the day!

‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure

District budgets are badly strained when many of their schools are under-enrolled. This is one of the biggest reasons that districts with growing charter enrollment hit financial hurdles. Meanwhile, charter schools can’t expand without access to facilities, and in a growing number of cities, suitable facilities are in very short supply. Understandably, charter leaders bristle when they are blamed for budget woes that may be easily solved by consolidating under-enrolled schools. And understandably, district leaders think they wouldn’t have the under-enrollment problem if charter schools weren’t pulling away students.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Educational Links 7/13/17

How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality

I don't usually include two pics in the daily blog, but this was really special.

Text-to-Speech Tool Supports Literacy Growth

How Accessible Is Gifted Education in Your State?

Assistive Technology for Auditory Processing Disorder

Programs that teach students how to recognize their emotions, solve problems, and form healthy relationships may continue to show positive benefits for students months, or even years, after they complete them, a new meta-analysis finds. 
Students who completed social-emotional learning interventions fared better than their peers who didn't participate on a variety of indicators—including academic performance, social skills, and avoiding negative behaviors like drug use, finds the analysis, which examined follow-up data from dozens of published studies on specific interventions.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nature, My Garden, and Me: Adorable Squash Bee Wakes Up After Sleeping I...

Our veggie and herb garden is home to a vibrant community of bees and other pollinators. Here is a squash bee just waking up after sleeping all night in a zucchini blossom which has just opened up in the morning light. The squash plant is in a container--a plastic trash can with holes drilled in the bottom, lots of earthworms inhabit the composted soil.

Educational Links 7/12/17

8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds


Goodbye, big structures. Hello, dirt and sticks. Old-fashioned fun is back in style.\

The Difference Between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Traditional Education

Does My Child’s 504 Plan Have to Be Reviewed at the Beginning of Each School Year?

6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss

Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations

Less than half of states are meeting their obligations to appropriately serve students with disabilities under the nation’s special education law, federal education officials say.
In an annual review, the U.S. Department of Education found that only 22 states deserved the “meets requirements” designation for the 2015-2016 school year. All other states were placed into the “needs assistance” category.

Summer Activity: Way Too Hot? Read These

1935 film about Jack London’s book “The Call of the Wild,” featuring Clark Gable and Buck.

Any book set in Alaska by Jack London will give you goosebumps even if is July and 100 degrees F. These other snowy books on this list will help you cool off, too.

Snow blockade 1881

The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder - PDF, EPUB, FREE DOWNLOAD EBOOK AND AUDIOBOOK 


The real Balto.




The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto 





  Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure – Richard Evelyn Byrd - PDF, EPUB, FREE DOWNLOAD EBOOK AND AUDIOBOOK 


Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage  

1914-1916 Endurance expedition

Monday, July 10, 2017

Educational Links 7/11/17

Executive Function Disorder, Explained!

Treatment for Kids With ADHD

What if your high school transcript didn’t include grades?

A Tale of Two Perspectives: My Experience Starting with a Clean Slate

Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn't Necessarily Hold Them Back

Our education system has this funny quirk of grouping kids by birth date — rather than, say, intellectual ability or achievement or interest. But developmental pathways are as individual as kids themselves. And so there's a perpetual back-and-forth about whether to put certain kids in school a grade behind or ahead of their actual age.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Educational Links 7/10/17

12 Principles Of Modern Learning

Teachers Trained Through Fast-Track Program No Better or Worse Than Their Peers

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Houston, We Have A Podcast International Space Station

Dealing With Digital Distraction In The Classroom

Teaching for Civic Engagement: Vocabulary for Action

Come Together: New Poll Finds High Bipartisan Support for Improving Early Education

The political mood in the United States has soured dramatically in recent months, but there’s still one issue that draws bipartisan support: early childhood education.