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WOODCOCK JOHNSON IV UPDATE

Posted on May 05, 2014

WOODCOCK JOHNSON IV UPDATE  As part of my role at the UPDC, I have been the specialist responsible for teaching standardized assessments, and in particular the WJ III. The newest version is due to be released this June, and I have been asked many questions regarding the changes and my observations concerning possible adoption and training. To date, there has been very little specific information released regarding the newest incarnation of the Woodcock suite of assessments. I participated in

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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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New Changes to SLD Eligibility in Utah

Posted on March 03, 2014

03/2014 UTAH SPECIAL EDUCATION RULES Changes to SLD Eligibility The purpose of this paper is to clarify recent changes (2013) regarding Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) eligibility in Utah, for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) who use the discrepancy or combination method for SLD eligibility. Frequently asked questions regarding SLD eligibility and these changes are addressed. Discrepancy Method: August 2007 rules: (iii)      The comparison of the standard scores on the

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“Now What Do I Do?” Coaching Tips for Educators of Children With LD and ADHD

Posted on November 11, 2013

This article approaches coaching through a different lens - looking at how adults can "coach" children.  The article states, " 'Coaching' is the term I use to designate how caring adults use informed knowledge to help all children—especially those with special needs—manage the bumps and bruises along their childhood paths. This knowledge is used to help children improve upon their self-control and social skills in a world with high expectations and sharp penalties." “Now What Do I Do?

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Transition: Five Low-Tech Skills Students Need for the Workforce

Posted on May 05, 2013

On the job, low-tech sometimes beats high-tech Students are more than the sum of their gadgets. When it comes to real-world job skills, high-tech knowledge isn’t always the last word. Take a look at the following “old-school” skills, along with the tech-friendly methods by which educators can instill them in students.  Dinosaur #1: Writing  Why it matters: Your boss will fire you for poor communication faster than you can type SMDH (shaking my darn head).  Dinosaur #2: Com

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Effective Math Instruction: Focusing on the “What” and the “How” for SWD

Posted on May 05, 2013

Since Utah’s adoption of The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on August 8, 2010, educators have been working to understand what is included in the standards and how to best integrate them into teaching practices. This is clearly a “what” and “how” discussion that results in two questions: 1)  What do students need to know and do, mathematically? 2)  What effective instructional approaches are effective in teaching those skills? This article will briefly address these questio

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RtI in Math for Elementary and Middle Schools

Posted on May 05, 2013

IES PRACTICE GUIDE WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools Introduction Students struggling with mathematics may benefit from early interventions aimed at improving their mathematics ability and ultimately preventing subsequent failure. This guide provides eight specific recommendations intended to help teachers, principals, and school administrators use Response to Intervention (RtI) t

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The Utah Postsecondary Inclusion Project Strategic Plan

Posted on March 03, 2013

Transition_Symposium_031313 (.pdf) Overview In January 2011, the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University received funding for a nine-month Think College strategic planning grant. Funding for this project was provided to the CPD by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and Think College. Think College is a national center that provides coordination, training, techni

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