On Accommodations: Dispatches from Headstrong Nation

Accommodations are one of the most important--and frequent--topics of discussion in my office. For students with learning differences, accommodations are a key part of their academic program: they're critical for helping these students  communicate what they know. There are lots of sites out there that discuss accommodations, and I hope to feature and link to as … Continue reading On Accommodations: Dispatches from Headstrong Nation


Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

I attended a great webinar today sponsored by the amazing people at Learning Ally. Connecticut-based assistive technology consultant and trainer Jamie Martin was the presenter, and he did a terrific talk about different technology to support dyslexic students as they write. I loved one of the first things he mentioned: while these tools will be especially … Continue reading Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

From WBUR’s Here and Now: “I’m not stupid. I’m dyslexic.”

I heard a great story this afternoon on WBUR's Here and Now program on the state of research and intervention for students with dyslexia. Things I loved: this story featured kids' voices, and these wise, seasoned students talked about how tough it is to grow up a dyslexic reader. Also encouraging was the latest-greatest research … Continue reading From WBUR’s Here and Now: “I’m not stupid. I’m dyslexic.”

Link Round-Up: Changes to the SAT

The details of the changes to the SAT have come out over the last week, and they're fascinating. You can read the official release on the College Board website here. There's an increased focus on "real-world" problems and less focus on the so-called "SAT words" that led students to study sometimes obscure (but often pretty valuable) … Continue reading Link Round-Up: Changes to the SAT

Saturday Afternoon Sessions: Ending on a high note

There was no question which session I wanted to see most: Understanding LD, Reading, and Math Brains. Very interesting stuff ahead. Understanding LD, Reading & Math Brains (RP, PreK-12) Part I – Practical Applications of Neuroimaging to Practice — Taking Dyslexia (Reading Problems) as an Example, by Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD Part II – Changing Brains … Continue reading Saturday Afternoon Sessions: Ending on a high note

Saturday Morning Keynote Addresses

It's Day Three of Learning and the Brain! Here are this morning's keynote speakers. Welcome Remarks: Silvia A. Bunge, PhD, Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, UC, Berkeley Matthew D. Lieberman, PhD: "Educating the Social Brain" Louis J. Cozolino, PhD: "Attachment Based Teaching: How Secure Relationships Enhance Learning" Jean M. Twenge, PhD: "Teaching Generation 'Me'" Jim … Continue reading Saturday Morning Keynote Addresses

Friday Afternoon Sessions: the other really good possibility

And here are the possibilities for the other session that intrigues me this afternoon. The topic: Raising Resilience for a Standards Age. Read on for why I'm excited about this. Part I – The Resilient Student: Finding Balance in a High Pressure, Fast-Paced Culture of Standards and Success, by Denise C. Pope, PhD Part II … Continue reading Friday Afternoon Sessions: the other really good possibility

Friday Afternoon Sessions: An embarrassment of riches

There are two long sessions I'm trying to decide between for today. Here's a post on the first one. The subject: "Developing Social Minds in a Digital Age". The speakers: Part I – Coping in a Distracted, Disconnected World: ADHD, Multitasking and Technology, by Edward M. Hallowell, MD PartII–The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate … Continue reading Friday Afternoon Sessions: An embarrassment of riches

Friday Morning Keynote Addresses

So many fabulous people to see this morning at the Learning and the Brain Conference! I'm mostly thrilled that they put the two speakers with the most spectacularly cool--and spectacularly similar--names one after the other. Beyond their Scrabble-dominating names, both are terrific and interesting researchers; check out their websites to learn more. Welcome Remarks: Fumiko … Continue reading Friday Morning Keynote Addresses

Opening Keynote Addresses

I'm seated in the Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont for this year's opening keynote address. Here are the folks I'm about to hear: Opening Remarks from Kenneth S. Kosik, MD. Patricia S. Churchland, BPhil: "My Brain and its Self: How Humans Make Free Choices" Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD: "The Brain and Feeling" Kelly M. McGonigal, … Continue reading Opening Keynote Addresses