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An opinion piece in yesterday’s New York Times really made a deep impression on me as an educator. It was written by Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, and entitled:  ‘‘Books Can Take You Places Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Go.”  Mattar writes about how books can help us ”stumble upon ourselves in the lives and lands...
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A new video series–Dyslexiaville— has come out developed by Academy Award winning director/producer Peggy Stern (Best Animated Short, 2006 – The Moon and the Son:  An Imagined Conversation), that is created by and for kids with a diagnosis of dyslexia and other learning differences.  I watched the first video and it was hilarious – lots of...
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Tests have become the fashion in education these days, with everyone, it seems, being assessed on their ability to increase test scores.  I’ve developed this test (not yet standardized) to help teachers get in touch with their own inner sense of what is most important to the learning and teaching process.  Hopefully, this can help...
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The establishment of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students nationwide represents a particularly robust challenge for teachers of students with special needs.  On the one hand, advocates for students with disabilities have made it clear that they want these students to be held to the same high level of achievement as typically developing students.  On the other...
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A new study at Michigan State suggests that there is limited vocabulary instruction in kindergarten classes across the U.S., particularly for those students living at the poverty level.  The is problematic because numerous studies have noted how building a good vocabulary right from start of schooling is directly related to later academic achievement and to success in a...
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