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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

9+ Idea-Packed Resources to Prime Staff Development So All Learners Progress

January 4, 2016

There is no single best way to grow professionally. Here are some "finds" that educators and related services personnel can add to their professional development toolkit. 

1. Reading for All

How to Mix Oil and Water So that Nearly Everyone (including '1 in 5' with poor reading skills) Learns to Read by neuropsychologist Tim Conway at TEDxOcala on Dec. 15. Decide if his "highly effective" science-based approach can impact current approaches to reading instruction. 

2. Meaningful inclusion

How We Talk to Kids about Disability by guest blogger Elizabeth Wampler, on the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation website: also "Not Just One Story of Successful Inclusionby guest blogger Nicole Eredics on Dec. 27 on the Disability.gov website.

3. Apps for Learning

Apps for Dyslexia Infograph by Judy Hanning on Nov. 29 on the Learning Success blog.

4. Dyslexia Awareness

8 Films That Feature Dyslexia by Lexi Walters Wright on the Dec. 17 Understood.com website.

5. Assistive Technology

Dyslexia and Assistive Technology: How I Use Text-to-Speech featuring Dr. Beth Gatewood, a role model, by Fernette Eide on Dec. 11 on the Dyslexia Advantage website.

6. Accessibility Features

5 Google Docs Hidden in Plain Sight by Mike Daugherty on Nov. 27 on the on the Learn2Earn.org website and "5 Things You Didn’t Know About iBooks," by A.J. Cosmo on Dec. 17 on the Pigeon Hole.com website.

7. Results Driven Accountability

Forty Years Later, IDEA Still Seeks Success for Students with Disabilities by Lou Danielson on Dec. 11 on AIR.org education policy website.

8. STEM Apps + Tools

25 STEM Education Apps You Need in 2015 by Willow Becker on Dec. 29 on the It's About Time.com website.

9. Diversity In Lit

We Need More Diverse Books by Sonja Cherry-Paul on Dec. 15 on the LitLearnact.com website.

The AIM-VA blog is loaded with resources from many experts and practitioners. Take a look.

Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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