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Rosetta Stone, widely known as a major provider of language-learning products, recently announced its latest foray into ed-tech by acquiring a company that provides online English reading and literacy instructional tools. Rosetta Stone paid $22.5 million for Lexia Learning Systems Inc., of Concord, Mass., which says its reading-proficiency products are being used by one million students.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
The federal Office of Special Education Programs released a memo last month reminding states that a response-to-intervention process cannot delay the initial evaluation for special education services of a child suspected of having a disability.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
Six years after the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was renewed, the U.S. Department of Education today finalized regulations that address how to work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Suburban Journals (MO)
The story of two children in the Francis Howell School District of St. Charles, MO has erupted into a regional debate on whether schools should use "timeout rooms" to quell student tantrums. State Sen. Scott Rupp, R-2nd District, on Friday said he would file a bill to ban the rooms. "I feel that if they serve a needed purpose, that it is the job of the (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) to convince the legislators why they should (be) kept," said Rupp.
San Antonio Express-News (TX)
A $4 million study about to begin in San Antonio and two other cities will try to determine which of the two most commonly prescribed medicines — Depakote and Risperdal — works better at stemming severe aggression in children with ADHD, or if either works better than a sugar pill.
South Carolina's Supreme Court ordered Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday to request $700 million in federal stimulus money aimed primarily at struggling schools, ending months of wrangling with legislators who accused him of playing politics with people's lives. The nation's most vocal anti-bailout governor had refused to take the money designated for the state over the next two years, facing down protesters and legislators who passed a budget requiring him to.
Delmarva Daily Times (MD)
Barbara Esham has an IQ of 130, but often gets lost while driving. She mastered high-level math with ease, but has trouble remembering basic spelling rules. Esham created a series of children's books called "The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses," stories designed to show kids that "smart" comes in many different forms.
SLCC Global Link (UT)
Talent is echoing through the halls on campus. Former Salt Lake Community College student Terrell Williams, a pop/rock singer and songwriter is one main reason. His talent is waiting to be heard by many. Although he seems well on his way, his path has been all but easy. While taking piano lessons for two years as a child he noticed reading the music seemed extra difficult. Doctors found out that Williams suffers with dyslexia, a disorder that jumbles words and symbols around, making it nearly impossible to read sheet music.
Rockingham News (NH)
Principals at two elementary schools asked the school board for permission to "tweak" their Response to Intervention (RTI) model, which has proven effectiveness, particularly for students with learning disabilities. The schools wish to provide all students with Tier II instruction, often in small groups, but always dependent upon each student's individual needs.
The Baptist Standard (TX)
A look at how evangelical churches can minister to families with children who have ADHD and other learning disabilities.
As a customer, Christine Golding says muffins at Cafe Riverview "are the best on the planet" and she's become a big fan of the orange-lavender variety since the place opened five weeks ago. Cafe Riverview is a real-world classroom for 16 of its employees: They are students or recent graduates of the nearby Riverview School, which helps people with complex learning disabilities learn to live and work independently.
The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
Aubrey Goodell was a walking contradiction. A bright child with strong reasoning skills, she labored to talk and by the third grade couldn't read or write. Tests later confirmed a learning disability, although Aubrey, now 17, still lacks a clear diagnosis and encounters people who assume she's just lazy, stubborn or slow-witted. But together with devoted parents and teachers, Aubrey mapped educational strategies which, she says, might benefit other so-called "paradoxical learners." She will share her story Thursday at an international conference sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of America at The Grand American Hotel in downtown Salt Lake.
LA Daily News (CA)
Until a couple of years ago, Marshall White drove a school bus for the Los Angeles Unified School District, picking up special-education students at home and delivering them to school as if they were a cargo of precious gold. White also dressed up as Santa Claus for picture day with Santa at the Lull Special Education School in Encino. Realizing that he wanted to teach the children, White took qualification courses at night and now works at Lull School.
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Hilton Head Monthly (SC)
Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Whoopi Goldberg have two things in common. First, they all suffered from learning disabilities. Second, their photos line a wall in The Learning Center on Hilton Head Island, serving as inspiration to the students there.
Post and Courier (SC)
Charleston County school leaders want their special-education students to be able to earn a high school diploma, but making that happen will require changes beyond their control, and they're asking for help.
Much more than normal first-day jitters, roughly 5 percent of youngsters experience social phobia at some point in their academic careers, struggling for at least two weeks to attend or remain at school. Also called "school refusal" or "school avoidance," most cases surface at the start of the school year this week for most Houston children.
College acceptance letters have started to trickle in, but now how to finance university tuition? These scholarships, specifically awarded to ADD/ADHD and LD students, have approaching deadlines.
Register Citizen (CT)
Growing up in Torrington, Connecticut Helen Waldron was exposed to politics at an early age. Her father, Fletcher, served on the city council and board of education. Her uncle, Hodges, was the city’s mayor. Today, Waldron, 44, is the newly-appointed assistant head of the Forman School, a private boarding school in Litchfield that specializes in specializing in college preparatory programs for high school students with learning disabilities. Waldron said she would like to see a learning center for students with learning disabilities established in Torrington.
An essential resource for parents struggling to navigate New York City's school system is on the chopping block, The Post has learned. Education officials have proposed cutting more than one-third of the system's 64 district family advocates many who were hired less than a year ago. The advocates deal with problems that parents often are not able to solve in talks with teachers and principals such as transfers, summer-school enrollment and placement in special classes.