I recently learned of a progressive organization that is transforiming education by making evidence-based reading instruction available worldwide! Cardinal Reading Strategies, LLC, provides intensive instruction to students through The English Code Language Training System. Any student with internet access can now receive high quality instruction that will build the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and in life. I was so intrigued by this new option, that I asked Dr. Walter E.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is working 'to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities' (http://www.ncld.org/mission-and-history/). If you haven't yet visited their website, take a look at http://www.ncld.org.
1) Expectations - Some schools and districts get all caught up in “correlations” and spend endless time tracking: Percent of babies born at low-birth weight; percent of children born to single moms; percent of children in families receiving government assistance; and education levels of mothers. The simple truth is educators in high-performing high poverty schools and districts do not do that. They focus on what they can do, not on what they cannot do.
As a psychologist who specializes in children with learning and attention disorders, I see a lot of kids who are struggling in school. Very often, their parents are struggling too, with what is causing the problem. When they come to see me, the initial interview often goes like this:
Me: Why don’t you start by telling me how you ended up here and what you’re hoping to get out of this evaluation?