The degree of difficulty a child with dyslexia has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies from person to person due to inherited differences in brain development, as well as the type of teaching the child receives.
When we’re reporting on special education, we inevitably run up against questions about how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities themselves. For help, Kristin Gilger, an associate dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and director of the National Center on Disabilities and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University, has put together a Disabilities Language Style Guide to help navigate this minefield. The style guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals, and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities.
Just in time for summer, Defined Learning has launched a new online professional development course, Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe, coauthor of Understanding by Design. The four-module course guides educators through the process of incorporating project-based learning into their current curriculum.
Unhangout is an open-source platform for running large-scale online unconferences. The project uses Google Hangouts to create as many small sessions as needed and help users find others with shared interests.