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Bookshare.org – Reading for All

Bookshare.org – Reading for All

Budgeting within the confines of very limited resources can be extremely challenging – especially for students with learning challenges.   Bookshare.org is a wonderful program, currently funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education, that provides free reading material to those who have print disabilities. According to their guidelines, anyone with a disability that
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8 Tips for Teachers for Working with Parents of Special Needs Children

8 Tips for Teachers for Working with Parents of Special Needs Children

Knowing how to work with parents of students with special needs is just as important as knowing how to help the students.  Robin Hartman, educator and mother of a son with Autism, says, “I know I am a difficult parent to deal with which is why I thought I would give some tips on how
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Navigating the IEP Process

Navigating the IEP Process

For teachers, the IEP process can be second nature.  However, for many parents, especially those who have just learned that their child needs acommodations, the process can be overwhelming.  Helping parents navigate the process is just as important as helping the students achieve their IEP goals. We asked Amy Dutsch, a teacher, special education advocate
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Phonological Awareness for ESL/ELL Students

Phonological Awareness for ESL/ELL Students

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist Do you have English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom who are struggling to learn to read? As many of us do, I wanted to review a crucial element in language and reading instruction that many second language learners miss. Phonological awareness instruction is essential for ELLs yet many children
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Important Things to Know About Autism

Important Things to Know About Autism

Advocating for children with Autism is a cause near and dear to Robin Hartman’s heart.  As a mother and teacher she has seen enough to give her insight into what Autism is and what it is not.  Read her story and the important tips below to find out more about what Autism may look like
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Using Thematic Units for English Language Development

Using Thematic Units for English Language Development

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist As classroom teachers we know the value of thematic units when teaching young learners. These units motivate children and engage students in learning. But did you know that English Language Development (ELD) instruction is best delivered using this same tried and true teaching technique?


Welcoming Young Children Who Speak Other Languages by Karen Nemeth

Welcoming Young Children Who Speak Other Languages by Karen Nemeth

  Those who teach preschool and early elementary students face unique challenges due to students’ limited language abilities.  When a child enters the classroom with no English language skills at all, the obstacles to communication can be overwhelming.  We asked author and educator, Karen Nemeth, M.Ed., to share some tips with you for welcoming limited
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The Lowdown on Dyslexia

The Lowdown on Dyslexia

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of The Dyslexia Training Institute Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can’t keep seem to get the ‘reading thing’ down. The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read
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Dyslexia for a Day and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia for a Day and Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and the perfect time to get informed about this neurological processing disorder.  Despite popular opinion that dyslexia is a simple reversal or switching around of words while reading, it is far from that.  Instead, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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#TeachChat Archive: Helping ESL Students Succeed – October 3, 2012

There are just some things it is hard to compete against and the Presidential Debates is one of them. While the #TeachChat on October 3rd was lacking in attendance, there was a lot of great content and resources that were shared. Check out this short #TeachChat transcript for some great ESL/ELL resources and information. Remember,
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