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Summer Reading Strategies for Children with Dyslexia

As a parent, you play a critical role in your child's education during the summer — especially if your child has dyslexia. Without your help, kids are less likely to remember what they learned last year. In this article, you'll find summer strategies to help your child with dyslexia retain what they learned in school, and see how reading can be useful and enjoyable.

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Choosing a Book in the Comfort Zone

Reading in the "comfort zone" means that students read well enough to understand a text. Here's a simple technique that students can use to find out whether a book is right for them.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy, Oh My!

Does your reader love science fiction and fantasy? Look no further than the 2012 Nebula Award winners! These top picks were voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Strange coins, forbidden worlds, con artists, the Mob, and other enthralling storylines await readers this summer.

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More Summer Reading Suggestions

Want even more recommendations? Check out Bank Street College of Education's "Best Children's Books of 2013," organized by age group. Books on this list were chosen based on literary quality, presentation, and potential emotional impact on readers.

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Any Gatsby Fans out There?

The Great Gatsby is one hot summer film! Find out what all the hype is about by revisiting the book that inspired it. Our friends at the National Education Association compiled a superb reading guide to accompany this twentieth century classic. Share some Gatsby together this summer with these guided discussion questions.

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Expert Advice: How Can I Help My Child Focus on Reading?

Question: My child can focus on sophisticated computer programs, Photoshop projects, and videos without a problem, but when confronted with reading assignments, he blanks out after 15 minutes. How can I help him focus when reading?

Answer: To help a child focus on text-only activities, you can encourage the development of strategies that change information presentation from text into a format that is easier to process. For instance, …(read more)

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Glossary Term: Developmental Spelling

The use of letter-sound relationship information to attempt to write words (also called invented spelling).

Featured Resource: Four Tools to Help Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning loss can take a toll on students' achievement. One effective way to avoid it is to encourage students to keep reading over the break. This review covers four apps and e-reading platforms that engage kids in reading. Some offer stories and audiobooks, others track reading progress.
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Learning Store Resource: Tales2Go: Streaming Audio Books Mobile App

This Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning mobile app gives teachers and parents instant and unlimited access to over 1,500 audio stories from leading publishers and storytellers to play on Apple iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches — in the classroom, at home, in the car or on the go.

Stories include favorites like Clifford and Curious George, popular series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ivy and Bean, or How to Train Your Dragon, and even classics like Treasure Island, and Swiss Family Robinson.

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Calendar Check-In

Looking for information about what's happening this month? Check out our June 2013 calendar. You'll learn about several Lindamood-Bell workshops as well as the fourth World Congress on ADHD.

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Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment

A record seven out of ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates from the class of 2012 enrolled in college the following school year, which was two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. These positive trends in Hispanic educational attainment also extend to high school, with the level of dropouts (14% in 2011) at half of what it was in 2000 (28%).
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No Machine Scoring!

Writing is a highly complex ability developed over years of practice, encompassing a wide range of tasks and contexts, and requiring meaningful feedback. However, some consortia, corporations, and testing agencies have proposed using computerized assessments of student writing when assessing the Common Core State Standards. The National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) developed a position statement against machine scoring. Read their reaction, concerns and proposed alternative solutions:
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