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Catching Stars

In Carol’s final blog posting for the summer, the family embarks on another Start with a Book summer science exploration: The Night Sky. Unbeknownst to them, their exploration continues on in paradise, and wraps up at home in their own front yard.

Audiobooks Recorded by Screen Actors Guild Volunteers Widen Accessible Book Choices

Teachers who like using Storyline Online, the free literacy website where voice artists/actors from the Screen Actors Guild read children's books, will also enjoy Learning Ally audiobooks that also are read by professionals. Through a volunteer program, the "Acted Community" has about 130 voice artists and professional actors who bring their talents to Learning Ally's accessible book space. 

Confused About Assistive Technology? These Guides to AT Offer Answers, Resources

Assistive technology (AT) helps students with disabilities access their curriculum and close achievement gaps. Just who gets AT is a decision made by educational teams that operate differently across school systems nationwide. Some districts have AT specialists on staff with an inventory of supports, while others do not. 

Kate DiCamillo Summer Book Picks: Try Accessible Versions for Readers Who Struggle with Print

"Summer Kid Book Suggestions from author Kate DiCamillo and Others," an article published on June 2 in the Washington Post, lists favorite books that make good reading during the summer or any time of the year. And, there is some good news about DiCamillo's and the others' best bets.

Webinar Watch: Try Summer Learning Online: Boost Accessible + Truly Individualized Learning

Free Webinars from well-respected sources are plentiful this summer. All found here advance the use of accessible educational materials and technology devices with learning supports. These go a long way to help students stay on grade, reach individualized education goals, and master district objectives and their state standards of learning. Accessible materials are the only way to close an achievement gap when print fails. The webinar sponsors, descriptions, dates and time are:

What Can Librarians Do to Support Student Literacy?

From a reader:

Any thoughts on top 2 or 3 literacy concepts on which you would focus librarians? Grades 4-8?

My response:

Let me say how happy I am that you are available to students and teachers. As I make my way across the country I find fewer and fewer school-based librarians. Unfortunately, you appear to be part of a disappearing breed. Here are a few ideas.

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School Library Journal's Wiki Offers Resources About Students with Disabilities with a Nod to UDL

"Libraries play a catalytic role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating their full participation in society. Libraries should use strategies based upon the principles of universal design to ensure that library policy, resources and services meet the needs of all people," according to the School Libary Journal (SLJ).

Disabilities or Not: Great Ideas for Digital Summer Learning That Work All Year Long

To be sure teachers and related services personnel offer top summer learning ideas that include accessible educational materials (AEM) here are suggestions from reliable resources that can stand up to learning demands all year long.

Hook Kids on a Book Series! We Add Accessibility

Meet two ambassadors for summer reading who are advocating for high quality summer learning experiences that boost literacy and establish a habit of reading.

AEM Center: "School's Out, Summer Learning Begins!" Check Out Digitally Desirable Resources

Of course, diversions from a schoolyear workload should be high on the "things to do" list when the summer break starts; but a knowing staff at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) understands that a teacher's search for ways to support students and assure their success is never put aside.

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