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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, visit web 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 compre

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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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Math Word Wall in Middle School

Posted on May 05, 2013

Word Wall in middle school hallway reinforces 8th-grade content vocabulary as students walk to classes. Word walls have been used in many elementary school classrooms to help students build their vocabulary as they learn how to read. One rural public middle school in the southeastern United States took the word wall one step further, says a recent article in The Clearing House. Eighth-grade teachers in the school collaborated on a word wall in the hallway that reinforced vocabulary stud

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The Utah Transition Action Team: Dedicated to Successful Transition

Posted on March 03, 2013

Transition from school to adulthood is fraught with challenges for young adults with disabilities. Unemployment and underemployment are high. Involvement in postsecondary education is low. Independent living is often unlikely. The myriad of adult services and requirements for eligibility are bewildering to young adults, story parents, viagra approved and families. The movement from entitlement to competition for services is difficult for all involved. To address these challenges, educationa

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PMfocus.org – Progress Monitoring Focus is Live and Working

Posted on October 10, 2012

Utah Personnel Development Center is pleased to announce that the much awaited PMfocus tool has been released to teachers in the state of Utah.  Visit: http://PMfocus.org to Sign up and Sign in.  To Learn more, visit web check out the article we published last month about PMfocus in the Essential Educator. Progress Monitoring Focus is a new web-based application that allows the user to track student progress on any academic or behavior skill as defined by the user. A student’s response

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Do Read Alouds Build Fluency in Non-fluent Readers?

Posted on June 06, 2012

For Students Who Are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading Is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time Teachers do their best to improve students' fluency, but sometimes the information they have to work with is incomplete and, therefore, leads them down the wrong path. For example, silent reading or 'Round Robin' reading seem like good ways to improve fluency. But, in fact, increasing fluency requires more practice, more support, and more guided oral reading than either of these strategies can delive

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Why Minority Children Cannot Learn Math

Posted on March 03, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: In medicine, the public demands that practitioners be knowledgable of and use proven, research-evidened practices. To do anything less would be considered malpractice, resulting in harm to the patient and litigation against the practitioner. In education, practitioners are often allowed to use pseudo-science, and teaching strategies that reinforce their biases, opinions and comfortable teaching styles, even when the evidence shows that many practices are ineffective and

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Districtwide Approach to Increasing Student Achievement

Posted on March 03, 2012

How Tier I Instruction, ask Collaboration, prostate and Focused Professional Development has Increased Student Achievement in Salt Lake District Jessica, case a second grade special education student at Parkview Elementary, draws circles, makes a "math mountain" and then correctly writes an equation on her white board for the following story problem: Taleigha had 12 pencils.  She lost some.  Now she has 5.  How many pencils did she lose? Jessica compares her work to her partner and then

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Changing Mindsets: High Expectations for All Students

Posted on March 03, 2012

Helping All Students to Succeed “If you want to bring about a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior, viagra a change that will persist and serve as an example to others, help you need to create a community around them, medications where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.” Malcolm Gladwell,The Tipping Point (2002)  Salt Lake City School District is a district rich with diversity, and we celebrate that diversity. Our commitment to students and f

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Technology Immersion: a District Perspective

Posted on March 03, 2012

Changing the Landscape of Teaching and Learning in Provo School District In May of 2011, the UPDC (Utah Personnel Development Center) showcased Provo School District’s technology immersion initiative to improve achievement of all students. This immersion has changed their landscape of teaching and learning for all teachers and students. This article first highlights the big ideas presented by Provo District’s Technology Director, Ted Kelly. Next, it highlights responses from a cros

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