What are the best ways that we can prepare children for inclusion in the classroom?

There are two perspectives to consider regarding inclusion:helping neurotypical children accommodate to the children who are to be“included,” and the reverse: helping children with learning difficulties feel comfortable with their neurotypical peers.  For inclusion to be effective, both perspectives need to be taken into account. As in any complex social situation, lots of factors are involved. But based on my…

The Triumph of Advanced Placement

By Jay Mathews for The Washington Post One night in May 1986, Trevor Packer’s mother received a phone call from his high school principal. The boy had failed to sign up for the college-level Advanced Placement European history exam the next day, and the principal wondered why he wasn’t going to take it. Packer had studied diligently in that AP…

“Reading Kingdom – Our Knight in Shining Armor”

Reading Kingdom has been working wonderfully for my children! We have been using the program over the last five-ish weeks and I’m glad to say it has helped both my girls. I continue to see improvement for them both, week after week. The program is intended to be used by each student for one to two sessions a day, four…

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

The inspirational tale of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is great story of family and the bond they share.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • Minli, a young girl from a poor village in China, embarks on a journey with the hope of changing her family’s…

Maine went all in on ‘proficiency-based learning’ — then rolled it back. What does that mean for the rest of the country?

By Matt Barnum for chalkbeat.org When Ted Finn first heard about the new way of running a high school, he was excited. Forget students squeaking by with Cs and moving on without truly understanding math or biology. Throw out the idea that a student has to pass a collection of classes to earn a diploma — instead, tell them what…

Ask Dr. Blank: Do you feel that children of parents who are more involved in their education do better in school?

Although the field of education is rife with controversy, this is a question about which there is amazing unanimity. The data consistently show that parent involvement in a child’s education has a positive association with a child’s academic performance. The website Family facts.org offers an overview of some of the major findings such as: School Readiness. Preschoolers whose parents are very…