The IRIS Center: Research-based resources for educators

“The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.” Topics, including early childhood and early intervention, behavior, literacy and much more, are address through adult learning modules, …

Nurturing Students with Special Needs in Nature

What is a reading forest and how might it benefit children with disabilities? Read all about it in this article from the Guardian: Our children with SEN benefit from how the outdoors relieves stress and anxiety, develops social skills, motivates learning across the curriculum (and beyond) and allows them to …

More on Publishing

With student publishing projects in mind, and my own projects as well, I was recently reminded of one very cool site, Lulu.com , which lets you self-publish your own books in a way that books are produced and shipped ‘as needed.’  I have a dream of putting together many of …

Sites for Kids to Publish Online

In response to a query from a teacher on behalf of her first grader who wants to ‘get into publishing,’ here are some links to online sites that encourage or allow students to publish their work online: Tips for children publishing on the Internet. | NetAlert – From the Australian …

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 …

My Student Publishing Program

In 2006, I created an after school multimedia publishing program to fend off my growing sense that schools have become overly and obsessively focused on standards – getting all the kids to do the same things in the same ways at the same rate. Ugh! In my program, kids learn …