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How to Make Every Grade More Like Kindergarten

Authors: National Public Radio

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In his new book, MIT professor Mitchel Resnick lays out a vision for encouraging creative thinking, based on his research into what he calls Lifelong Kindergarten.

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“What’s Killing the Joy of Learning in Our Students with ADHD?”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

I didn’t always love math. I struggled with it through high school, and it wasn’t until I was in my twenties, and had started on medication, that I mastered algebra, trigonometry and finally calculus. But once I learned to love math, I needed to share the love. I decided to volunteer with a local...

Feds Urged To Strengthen Autism Transition

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The federal government should do more to streamline the experience of youth with autism transitioning to adulthood, according to a new report to...

Can Teaching Civics Save Democracy?

Authors: National Public Radio

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Democracy thrives off an informed and active community, researchers say. The way to secure that future is integrating civics classes in K-12 education.

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“The Interrupter Strikes Again”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

I’m kneeling at the coffee table, teaching my daughter to play Uno. And with each instruction comes an interruption or a distraction. Jasmine starts every sentence by shouting “Daddy!” because she’s super excited. At six years old, everything is still the most exciting thing ever.

“Daddy!...

Graduation Daze: 6 Ways to Smooth the Transition from High School to College

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Authors: ADDitude.com

High school is downright brutal for many teens with ADHD and learning differences — and plenty of kids without, too. But the truth is, high school is a cakewalk compared to college, which requires students to use rock solid executive functions, unwavering academic skills, and daily stress-management strategies. Parental...

How Should We Handle Boys Who Can't Read?

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Many people know that girls, on average, are worse at math than boys. But the gender difference is three times greater when it comes to reading. According to international studies, this is where boys struggle. Why? And what can be done about it? For starters, children who struggle most...

ADA Suits Increasingly Target Websites

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Lawsuits filed against three large companies this month alleging that their websites violate the ADA are part of a growing wave of claims targeting...

Miami 4th-Graders Write About Their Experiences With Hurricanes

Authors: National Public Radio

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At Sunset Elementary in Miami, students are writing personal essays about their experience with Hurricane Irma, and they have some advice for other kids who have yet to live through one.

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“Stop Pushing Your Kid to Be Normal”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

It’s no secret that kids with ADHD are different — different from their same-age peers; different from society’s definition of “normal;” different from most teachers’ expectations of a successful student. Yet we expect kids to “fall in line” and fit into the crowd. And that...

Service Dog Company Accused Of Scamming Customers

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A company is under investigation for allegedly selling animals that are poorly and improperly trained, including some that lack the temperament to be...

How One Group Is Working To Build A More Diverse Teaching Force

Authors: National Public Radio

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The Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, a new organization, is working with minority-serving institutions to bring more color into the teaching ranks.

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Enter to Win “From High School to College” by Elizabeth Hamblet

Authors: ADDitude.com

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Success @ School Tip

When a student turns 16, his IEP must be formally revised to include a section called a Transition Plan. This reflects the overall plans for the student’s life after graduation, beginning with a “diploma objective.” For the college-bound student, a Transition Plan could include researching...