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March 2016

Writing-to-Learn Strategies

Shrinklit. Probable Passages. Guided Writing. Multigenre Reports. These four writing strategies help students learn to make predictions, build connections, raise questions, discover new ideas, and promote higher-level thinking. Here’s the step-by-step on how to use these strategies in your classroom.


The Writing Road: Reinvigorate Your Students' Enthusiasm for Writing

Priming your students for writing with props or humorous thoughts can pique their interest in a writing topic. In addition to priming, visual organizers like hamburgers and word trees challenge students to organize their writing and choose interesting words. Find out more about these topics as well as COPS and STOPS in this informative article about writing.


The Reviewing Process: How Technology Can Help Struggling Writers

After prewriting and drafting, students move on to reviewing and revising their work where they learn about the 'craft' of writing, review content for clarity, and make deliberate changes to improve the piece. See how one teacher uses technology to help her students edit text, improve flow, and clarify meaning.


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Helping Kids with Dysgraphia Succeed

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. Kids with dysgraphia often have difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Discover the warning signs of dysgraphia and learn more about effective accommodations, modifications, and instructional strategies.

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Effective Writing Instruction

The “once and done” model of teaching writing to kids with LD just doesn’t work, says expert Steve Graham. In our exclusive interview, Graham outlines three research-based practices that are particularly helpful to students with LD. Learn how to implement each recommendation in your classroom.

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NEW! Open eBook App

The Open eBooks app debuted this week creating access to digital books for children in need. Right out of the box, there are questions on social media about accessibility features. That is a good thing. Many ebooks are not accessible or accessible enough for seriously struggling readers. Here’s good news for special ed teachers: you can register students free of charge through First Book!


Ask the Tech Expert: How can our school make our music and visual arts programs more inclusive for all students?

The arts, whether as part of a separate program or integrated into your content area lessons, can offer a variety of benefits for diverse learners. Research has shown both academic and social benefits for students with disabilities and students who are at risk; integrating the arts and technology into your teaching can help differentiate instruction and provide more individualized learning for students with diverse learning needs. See full answer >


Research, News and Events

EdRev 2016 (Education Revolution)
Saturday April 16, 2016 | San Francisco
A unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Join Parents Education Network (PEN) to celebrate the eighth annual Education Revolution.

The Dialogue Surrounding Dyslexia: Five Important Takeaways
KQED Mindshift

How Special Needs Students Can Benefit from STEM Education
Christian Science Monitor

Inspiring Reluctant & Struggling Readers with Sharon Creech’s “Love That Dog”
School Library Journal

President Signs READ Act, Funding Research on Dyslexia and Other Learning Issues

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