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Babies born slightly early or two weeks late have a marginally raised risk of learning difficulties from poor vision to autism, research suggests. The Glasgow University study of 400,000 schoolchildren found those born between 37 to 39 weeks were 16% more likely to develop problems than those born at 40. But the overall risk was still relatively low, at 5% of all children.
Chicago Breaking News Center
Longtime Chicago school principal Dick Smith has been given a mandate: take Chicago Public Schools' special education program, long subjected to withering criticism, and change it into a system focused on education and not simply compliance with federal laws, a system that responds rapidly and effectively to the needs of students and the concerns of parents.
A final set of national academic standards released Wednesday by groups representing the nation's governors and state schools chiefs calls for students with disabilities to be "challenged to excel within the general curriculum." Known as the Common Core State Standards, members of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers collaborated to establish national guidelines for English and math instruction in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
WUWM- Milwaukee Public Radio
Project Milwaukee is underway this week on WUWM. We're examining the barriers that block some students in Milwaukee Public Schools from achieving at a higher level. Today, we report on the growing number of MPS children facing learning, behavioral and physical challenges. As Erin Toner reports, the district has been fighting a lawsuit that claims MPS has failed such students, while the district insists it is making progress.
The Age (Australia)
A nation as self-confident as Australia doesn't expect to receive lessons in advanced education practices from such humble places as Irvinestown, a small village two hours west of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Yet that's what Nola Firth found this year when she visited the 250 students at the village's St Paul's Primary School, where sophisticated and effective strategies were being used to deal with dyslexia. St Paul's is one of many schools in the UK that have been awarded dyslexia friendly status by the British Dyslexia Association.
Salt Lake Tribune
Since the beginning of time, adults have pleaded with kids to just sit still. But some, such as fourth-grade teacher Meredith Dyer, are trying a new tactic. In Dyer's Adelaide Elementary classroom, about one-third of the students sit on large, colorful fitness balls instead of chairs. The kids rock, roll and bounce slightly during lessons, and Dyer says it seems to actually help some of them focus. Dyer's not the only teacher who has traded small, stiff chairs for bright, bouncy balls. At least hundreds of other teachers nationwide have also made the switch, saying it helps their kids to shake off excess energy, focus and improve their posture.
Federal law requires public schools to enroll and instruct children with learning disabilities. But private schools don't have to provide special education or admit special-needs students. And they haven't, for a variety of reasons, Francesca Pellegrino, founder of the national Catholic Coalition for Special Education, said. According to Pellegrino, many Catholic parish schools operate on shoe-string budgets and their directors say they can't afford special education staff.
Courier News (NJ)
Three Central New Jersey school programs focusing on different forms of team-building and personal development were among a dozen from around the state honored Monday during the eighth annual Innovations in Special Education program.
As a second-grader Ann Arbor's Annika Helber was told that her dyslexia was so severe that she'd never be able to read past the fourth-grade level. College was certainly out of the question. For Helber, it's been a long fight against dyslexia, and when she enrolls at Grand Valley State University in the fall, she'll pursue an education that will enable her to help other learning-disabled students reach their potential.
Parents are often the last to know when a child has attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD). Not because they're unintelligent, but because their love blinds them to certain realities that others easily perceive. If you've been wondering whether your child has ADHD, it might help to ask yourself: "Does my child have friends? Does he get invited over to play with other children?"
Huntsville Times (AL)
I have previously written about my dyslexia for the HT Page, explaining the accommodations I have needed in order to succeed in school, and I have been critical when school officials balked at providing me with those accommodations. I will graduate from high school on Friday, and I will not receive an occupational diploma often given to students with learning disabilities as school officials recommended to me and my parents when I was in ninth grade. I will receive a regular high school diploma that will enable me to further my educational goals.
A new analysis of U.S. health data links children's attention-deficit disorder with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. While the study couldn't prove that pesticides used in agriculture contribute to childhood learning problems, experts said the research is persuasive.
Young women in college who can't seem to find a course of study that holds their attention or the high-achievers who take on every project with a full-steam ahead attitude may have a similar problem: Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Distorder aren't just for kids, said Deborah A. Pearson of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Pearson said there are least 4 million American women with ADD/ADHD, but research focuses heavily on children, so it's hard to pinpoint how many women are affected.
Detroit Free Press
More than half of the students tested in Detroit Public Schools have a history of lead poisoning, which affects brain function for life, according to data compiled by city health and education officials. The data also show, for the first time in Detroit, a link between higher lead levels and poor academic performance. About 60% of DPS students who performed below their grade level on 2008 standardized tests had elevated lead levels.
Differences in the physical makeup of the brain could help explain why children with dyslexia have trouble with written language despite being able to handle other intellectual tasks, new research suggests.
Shore News Today (NJ)
Educators are always looking for teachable moments. Michele Carney Ray will create one of those special moments for education majors at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey later this month. Carney Ray, who attended the College of William and Mary on a basketball scholarship, became a teacher in a tough urban school district in Virginia and is now a principal who has started Renaissance programs in two school districts. But what aspiring teachers can learn from Carney Ray is that she was able to accomplish her goals although she has a learning disability.
Michigan State University researchers say minority families don't get enough information about treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. ADHD affects up to 7 percent of American children.
Sarah Fridy is a special education teacher and some of her third-graders read at a first-grade level. They can't get through the questions even on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, which they're required to take, yet their scores may determine how much Fridy earns and whether she keeps her job.
Georgia public schools could soon be barred from putting students in so-called "seclusion rooms," like the one where a 13-year-old Hall County student hanged himself in 2004. Such rooms would no longer be allowed in a Georgia public school under proposed rules being considered Thursday by the state Board of Education. The use of physical restraint of students also would be reserved for only extreme cases.
Dallas Morning News
Our home is filled with books. There's not a room that doesn't have at least a couple of constantly growing and shuffled stacks. At the top of many of those piles is my son's favorite author, Rick Riordan. The San Antonio dad and veteran teacher created the enormously popular Percy Jackson series, featuring the heroics of the adolescent son of Poseidon and his demigod friends. Riordan has also created the Kane Chronicles, a trilogy of ancient Egyptian-inspired novels beginning with The Red Pyramid (released last week).