“Play Streets” bring fun and more to Los Angeles

“The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, and …

Nurturing an Inclusive Learning Culture through Universal Design for Learning

What does it really mean to use a UDL lens? This series by Kathy McClaskey explores how Universal Design for Learning (UDL)can strengthen teaching and reinforce a culture where every learner feels that they are valued, belong, and are learning. Part One: Understanding the Pedagogy of a Learning Science to …

Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

Risk-taking is Essential for Children’s Well-being  This declaration cites research from around the world on the benefits of risk-taking for children. While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to …

Diet and Hyperactivity

As shared in Exchange Every Day, from Child Care Information Exchange, a new study reports a link between consuming food dyes and sodium benzoate, and hyperactivity in children. A UK study reported in Work & Family Life (November 2007; www.workandfamilylife.com) demonstrates the impact of food additives on children’s behavior. Researchers …

SchoolNetAfrica.net

SchoolNetAfrica is a pan-African education portal for practitioners, policymakers and school communities across the continent with resources in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic. SchoolNetAfrica is made up of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse: SchoolNet Centre, which has tools and resources to support national SchoolNets Policy Centre, which provides resources …

ConnSense Podcasts

Chauncey Rucker’s ConnSense Bulletin has long been a favorite of mine for news, reviews and updates related to assistive technology. It’s quality stuff, and he taps into key issues. In addition to online articles and an e-mail bulletin, ConnSense also has begun providing podcasts. Maybe I’m a luddite, but I’ve …

SchwabLearning and Sparktop to Close

Two of my favorite sites for families struggling with learning disabilities are closing. On September 21, Charles and Helen Schwab announced they will no longer maintain operation of their web sites, SchwabLearning.org and Sparktop.org. Instead they will focus on selective grant-making to other organizations. I am grateful for the wonderful …