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WJ III, WJ IV Oral Language/Achievement Discrepancy Procedure

Posted on April 04, 2014

WJ III/WJ IV Oral Language/Achievement Discrepancy Procedure • Useful for ruling in or ruling out oral language as a major contributing cause of academic failure in reading/written expression • Compares oral language ability with specific reading/written expression cluster scores • Administer WJ III Oral Language Cluster subtests (# 3, 4, 14, 15 in achievement battery) • Administer selected WJ III Achievement Cluster subtests (Basic Reading, Reading Comprehension, Written Expre

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Specific Learning Disabilities and the Language of Learning

Posted on April 04, 2014

Specific Learning Disabilities and the Language of Learning: Explicit, Systematic Teaching of Academic Vocabulary What is academic language? Academic language is the language of textbooks, in classrooms, and on tests.  It is different in structure and vocabulary from the everyday spoken English of social interactions.  Many students who speak English well have trouble comprehending the academic language used in high school and college classrooms. The main barrier to student comprehension

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Cognitive Processing and the WJ III for Reading Disability (Dyslexia) Identification

Posted on April 04, 2014

Cognitive Processing and the WJ III for Reading Disability Identification March 5, 2010 NASP Convention, Chicago Presenters:  Nancy Mather & Barbara Wendling Topics What is a specific reading disability (dyslexia)? How do Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Factors relate to reading difficulties? What other cognitive and linguistic factors are important for the diagnosis of dyslexia? Overview of the WJ III Discrepancy and Variation Procedures WJ III Case Study Examples W

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UMTSS 2014 Conference Flyer

Posted on March 03, 2014

The UMTSS Flyer is now available.  Click the image below to download it (.pdf) & visit the Conference page at: www.umtssconference.org  

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My Journey Through The Pinhole

Posted on December 12, 2013

I didn’t know what a “city reading program” was. You
 cannot imagine how shocked I was to learn that a city-wide reading program such as Salt Lake City Reads Together took three books (one of them being mine) and will focus on them for six months. I want to tell you something that isn’t in that book I wrote but I want you to know. Reading saved my life. From reading I went to writing. Writing was a fighting back. Let me explain: We didn’t have too many books in the migrant

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Differentiating for Text Difficulty under Common Core

Posted on December 12, 2013

Question: I have taught elementary and currently teach middle school language arts. One thing that has been bothersome since I began teaching middle school is a lack of differentiating instruction to students’ needs. I am trying to research best practices and lead an action plan for my school as I work towards my master’s degree. I understand that students are now expected to read at a more difficult and complex text level with CCSS. I can’t imagine handing out a text of the same difficult

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Feedback Structures Coach Students to Improve Math Achievement

Posted on December 12, 2013

Introduction: It seems obvious that all of us need feedback if we really want to reach a goal, improve our skill set, or raise our performance. Feedback should be considered a coach that helps us reduce the discrepancy between our current and desired outcomes (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). What is feedback and how can it help? According to Hattie and Timperley (2007), feedback is information provided by a teacher, peer, parent, or experience about one’s performance or understanding. Fe

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Leadership Qualities and Teacher Leadership: An Interview with Olene Walker

Posted on December 12, 2013

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Olene Walker, Utah’s 15th Governor, in her lovely St. George home to talk about teacher leadership in education. She certainly understands and emulates leadership. Right away I knew I was talking to the right person. Her experience in politics includes positions on many committees and commissions, eight years with the state legislature, and she served as the Lieutenant Governor for Michael Leavitt. When he accepted a position in Washington, DC, she

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InTech Collegiate High School: A Legacy of Partnership and Service Creating Success for All Students

Posted on December 12, 2013

InTech Collegiate High School isn’t your typical high school. From the outside, InTech seems like any other small charter school. However, this school has had the highest ACT scores in Cache Valley for the last three years and was designated the top high school in Utah by Newsweek and U.S. World News in 2011 (Sargsyan, 2011& U.S. News, 2013). InTech was also declared the most progressive and best performing Title 1 School by the state of Utah. But this school has a lot more to offer st

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Using Classroom Data to Drive Teacher Professional Development

Posted on December 12, 2013

Weber School District’s framework for professional learning communities includes the use of crucial questions to guide collaboration and problem solving, with a focus on data analysis throughout the instructional cycle: Standards: What do we want each student to know and be able to do? Assessment: How will we evaluate each student’s level of understanding and achievement? Curriculum & Instruction: What curriculum resources, learning experiences and teaching strategies best prom

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