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.
June 19, 2015
June 3, 2015
A teacher’s (thoughtful) questions:
May 29, 2015
Here's list to grow readers from the world of audiobooks, the format for learning that engages struggling and other readers when books in print do not.
The format, that is essential for students with print disabilities, helps learners access the same books that their peers are reading in print. The literacy that can result from "ear reading" creates "academic" knowledge and the "social...
May 22, 2015
May 12, 2015
Summer reading can be painful when decoding problems and/or a slow reading rate means a child or teen will struggle to read traditional books in print. Instead, reading accessible book formats can turn the experience into something exciting—reading for pleasure.Alternative Formats
Audiobooks, especially those that have built-in learning supports that some learners need, help to...
May 19, 2015
A reader wrote:
My main response is toward your general notion of the research surrounding teaching kids "at their level."
First, I think the way you're describing instructional/skill levels obfuscates the issue a bit. Instructional level, by definition, means the level at which a child can benefit from instruction, including with scaffolding....
May 14, 2015
How much of a "gap" can be compensated through differentiation? If my readers are at a 400 Lexile level, is there an effective way to use a 820 level chapter book?
This is a great question. (Have you ever noticed that usually means the responder thinks he has an answer).
For years, teachers were told that students had to be taught with books that matched their ability,...
May 8, 2015
It is Mother's Day weekend. Reading books together can build strong connections between moms and their daughters, says the popular education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children.
In fact, Common Sense Media advises that in order to form those bonds a...
May 6, 2015
Lucky guests can set aside "author studies" today, May 6. They will learn about literacy from the masters when the authors of Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Jon Scieszka), The Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo) convene at the Library of Congress (LOC) for an event that is open to the public and sure...
May 5, 2015
So many special education webinars, so little time. It is hard to choose. But, podcasts can be a short, sweet, and entertaining opportunity to inform teaching and learning.Jump On In
When Sharon Plante uses her combined expertise of technology in education and learning disabilities for her #spedchat "Learning Differently" podcast interviews, the BAM Radio Network's Special Education...
April 24, 2015
Young people with dyslexia and other print disabilities need the same opportunities for social-emotional learning as their peers. Some of this growth occurs as they read books. A student with a print disability needs the same benefit from literature; but this student requires an accessible version in order to access the text. This is possible at no cost and happening for students whose...
April 29, 2015
Working with children means that you work with the significant adults in their lives. I’ve often found — both personally and professionally — that parents are flummoxed by the huge number of messages about raising children; all too often parenting becomes fraught with guilt.
I also know that all parents simply want the best for their children. They just may not know how to provide it. I...
April 23, 2015
Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.Learning Digitally
Accessibility features increasing are improving in digital book editions, and they are built-in from the start. Interacting with curriculum content stands to enrich vocabulary and aid...
April 8, 2015
In April the nation focuses on artistic expression during National Poetry Month. Listening to poetry is a welcome change of pace when reading print presents barriers to learning. There are many sources of poems available in multiple formats to help educators differentiate poetry instruction. Six follow and previewing always is advised.180 Days
The Poetry 180 project at...
March 30, 2015
We are a K-12 district and are revamping our grade 6 through grade 8 instructional supports, which include a 40 minute additional session of reading and/or math instruction anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. This extra instruction is provided to any student below the 50th percentile on the MAP assessments — roughly 2/3 of our student population in our five middle schools.
March 11, 2015
Digital Learning Day on March 13 is an important time to remember that all digital text is not accessible. The focus for future digital purchases should be on products where digital text and images of all kinds are accessible to the widest range of students.Wise Buys
Buying accessible products – those that serve a diverse range of learning needs – is easier now as compared...
March 6, 2015
Captioned films aid instruction for students who struggle with decoding text and/or understanding language.
This month accessible media enlivens Women's History Month. This annual celebration lead by the National Women's History Project...
March 3, 2015
The " Notable Children’s Recordings" for 2015 are out from the American Library Association that can boost learning for children who struggle to read traditional books in print or inaccessible digital text formats.High quality
February 23, 2015
The website "Understood.org" and Ben Foss, the founder of Headstrong Nation and a popular author-public speaker with dyslexia, has a deal for parents. Right now, there is a 100-book give-away made as part of Foss's interview last week with the Understood staff, "...
February 17, 2015
Short videos can go a long way to tell a promising story of how students with dyslexia and other special needs who learn differently can succeed in school. The videos chosen here run less than seven minutes. Each can be a resource to raise community awareness or to impart the latest thinking to aid professional development.
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