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Be You

This Australian website “Be You” provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.  It’s an excellent guide for educators and leaders who work with our children every day.  Learn More…

Overcoming the Odds

“This thought-provoking program explores why some children succeed in spite of the tremendous odds against them. What do resilient kids have in common, and what can we learn from their stories about parenting, educating and succeeding?”  –Connect With Kids Here are some more well-organized resilience-building lesson plans for different youth age groups:  Grades 3-5 and

27 Resilience Activities and Worksheets for Students and Adults

The team put together this excellent resource specifically for activities, worksheets and lesson plans in resilience building for both students and adults.  •27 Resilience activities and worksheets for students and adults Learn More…

Lesson Plans for Teaching Resilience to Children

This is an incredible resource for Social and Emotional Learning lesson plans as well as Lynne Manka’s philosophy regarding SEL. 175 pages of great stuff.  A wonderful long-term resource for you.   •175 pages of background and lesson plans Click here to download

Interview with Rachel Berger: Free Ed Tech Tools from MicroSoft

Discover how Microsoft’s enhanced dictation tool is helping to eliminate barriers to academic success for students with learning difficulties. In his first video column, Dr. Michael Hart welcomes Rachel Berger, a Microsoft Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Community Consultant, to share a brief history about Microsoft’s involvement in developing more assistive edtech tools, provide a demonstration

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Dyslexia vs. ADHD: An intro to the differences

At a biological level, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are different in terms of how the diagnosed person’s brain is wired. Simply put, dyslexia is a language-based learning issue that specifically impacts how well and how quickly a person becomes a proficient reader. ADHD is different in terms of the parts of brain

Your Struggling Reader Has Been Evaluated. Now What?

In this article, Dr. Michael Hart provides a breakdown of the four key components—information gathering, intellectual testing, academic testing, and an assessment of cognitive and language processing—for a standard educational evaluation. With a deeper understanding of these evaluations, parents are better equipped to work with schools to use the results to help inform actionable items

Literacy Instruction Spotlight: Structured Literacy

This spotlight series aims to share the leading approaches to reading instruction.  The research is clear that students learn best when reading interventions are explicit, systematic, intensive, and multisensory. However, traditional reading instruction (like Guided Reading and Balanced Instruction) have failed to meet the needs of those diagnosed with dyslexia. And since the majority of

Discussing Dyslexia: Key Terms to Know

In addition to those diagnosed with dyslexia, the dyslexic community is made up of a variety of stakeholders: researchers, educators, family members, specialists, tutors, and more. And like most communities, there is a set of terms that are frequently used in discussions that aren’t common in general everyday conversation.  If you’re one of the stakeholders